People In Kazerun, Iran Resume Protests Against Separation Of City

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On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, the people in Kazerun gathered once again in the city’s Martyrs Square, to resume their protests against separation plan of Kazerun (in Fars Province, Iran) asking other people to support and join the rally.

Hajj Hussein Rezazadeh, the representative of the city of Kazeroun in the Iranian Parliament, sought to divide the Chenarshezjan and Kohmara, Bishapur, Plain Bram and the Imamzadeh of Seyyed Hussein from the city of Kazerun and create a new township. He presented the plan to the Administrative divisions of Iran and it was approved.

According to Kazerun’s division plan, two parts of the Chenarshezjan and Nodan are to be separated from the city of Kazerun. These regions with a population of around 45,000 people, will become new townships, which, according to the law, will have to have at least 120,000 people to be considered a township.

In protest to this project, the people of Kazerun say that the identity of the city of Kazerun is Shapur, Imam Zadeh Syed Hossien and the forests of the Barm valley, and this identity should not be lost in the divisions.

Last month, the public protests against the division of state in Kazeroon continued for several successive days. On April 18th, the government announced that the separation plan will be stopped, therefore, the public protesters responded in return that they will still be alert and would not let the plan be implemented without notice, and if it does, they would come back to the streets and stage major continuous demonstrations once again.

Given the presence and activities of government forces and agents to control the protesters slogans on Wednesday, the people of Kazerun said they will not give up on their demand for the integrity of the city. During the large protest demonstration, the women and youth of this city chanted slogans against this plan.

According to reports, the Kazerun market is also closed down as a form of strike.

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