by Ian Keating
edited by Cameron Gonsalves
In Ahvaz, an Iranian city, there has been a protest for five days against the government regarding one of the biggest oil areas in Iran, according to The New York Times.
There are massive dust storms in Ahvaz, forcing plants to shut down and causing widespread unemployment, leading to protest. The
dust storms are connected to the very bad air pollution in the region.
The protestors are demanding that the governor resign from his position. They are asking for officials from Tehran to come and look at their situation.
The local police have said protesters will be “confronted” if there are “illegal gatherings.” Iranian actress Mitra Hajjar said, “The situation is terrible and extremely complex.” She posted a picture of her self on Instagram wearing a mask because of the dust.
Ahvaz is one of the biggest oil production areas in Iran. The dust storms have cut production by 700,000 barrels a day.
In 2015 , Ahvaz population of one million, was the most polluted city in the world, according to the World Health Organization. They are now in a 15-year drought with the dams causing marshes to dry up and increasing dust particles.