Iranian security forces attacked and detained villagers protesting a 14 year old landfill in the northern village of Chahardangeh.
According to human rights groups, residents of the village located in the city of Sari, Mazandaran Province were violently beaten and detained during yesterday’s Chahardangeh landfill protests. Local sources said that security forces used tear gas to disperse the angry protesters.
After the protest was suppressed, new trash was dumped in the Chahardangeh landfill.
Trash from the city of Sari has been dumped in the Chahardangeh landfill for the past 14 years. The villagers were initially told that it would only be used for six months.
According to eyewitnesses, many women were injured or passed out after being beaten by security forces. Video on social media channels showed local women in hospitals saying that they were beaten by security forces.
“After locals prevented Sari’s waste from being dumped in this region in the past few weeks, and on orders of the prosecutor, security forces were transferred to Chahardangeh and started violently arresting and beating protesters,” an eyewitness said adding that many women were also forcefully arrested.
The state-run Fars News Agency also confirmed the clashes between security forces and the Chahardangeh landfill protesters.
According to Chahardangeh locals, the waste has seeped into their water sources contaminating their water and has also led to respiratory problems in children.
The Iranian regime has intensified its crackdown on peaceful protests. Most recently, workers of HEPCO, a large company that makes heavy equipment in the western city of Arak, were violently attacked by security forces while many were arrested during their protests.
Although most detainees are usually released on bail after a few days, they are later prosecuted and sentenced to lengthy prison terms and flogging.