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Drying of Lake Oroumiyeh protested on Environment Day

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Demonstrators gathered at El Golu park in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz on Monday to protest against the drying of Lake Oroumiyeh.

Lake Urmia (Oroumieh) is a salt lake in northwestern Iran near Turkey. The lake is between the provinces of East Azarbaijan and West Azarbaijan, west of the southern portion of the similarly shaped Caspian Sea. It is the largest lake inside Iran, and the third salt water lake on earth, with a surface area of approximately 5,200 km square (2,000 mile square).

The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that a group of Tabriz citizens gathered at the city park on the occasion of World Environment Day and then began a demonstration, with hundreds of protesters chanting slogans that called attention to the drying of Lake Oroumiyeh.

The demonstrators also held up pictures of several people who were arrested by the authorities at previous demonstrations for the cause held on May 21.

The gathering ended at 9:10 PM without any intervention by police.

On May 21, police confronted gatherings in Oroumiyeh and Tabriz held to protest government inaction regarding the drying of the largest lake inside Iran.

Lake Oroumiyeh is reportedly shrinking at an alarming rate, and analysts claim it may completely disappear within three to five years if that rate is maintained. The construction of numerous dams on the rivers that feed the lake has been cited as a main cause of the drying.


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