Rouhani says water protesters have ‘right’ to demonstrate

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday citizens have “the right” to demonstrate, after days of protests against water shortages in southwestern Khuzestan province in which three people have been killed. Wealthy Khuzestan is Iran’s main oil-producing region, but has been struggling with an intense drought since March. The people of Khuzestan “have the right to speak, express themselves, protest and even take to the streets, within the framework of the regulations,” Rouhani said, in a speech broadcast on state television. At least three people have been killed, including a police officer…

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