Iranian police on Thursday arrested several stone-throwing protesters furious at the failure of the neighborhood authorities to shut an enormous waste landfill, kingdom media reported.
Residents of the village of Saravan in Iran’s northern Gilan province were blocking the entrance to the garbage unload for extra than weeks, country broadcaster IRIB said.
Piles of stinking garbage on the Saravan site now tower some 90 meters (295 feet) high, waste from the provincial capital Rasht and 7 other cities, that has been dumped there for almost 4 decades.
Protesters say the landfill is causing diseases and health problems, and demand the site be closed immediately. The landfill site is due to close next year.
“It is impossible to humiliate us”, protesters chanted, before hurling stones at the security forces, IRIB reported. Five police officers were injured, Iran’s Fars News agency said.
No details were given on the number of people arrested.
“Officials have been promising to solve this problem for years,” IRIB added. “So far, none of their pledges have been fulfilled.”
Javad Shafi’i, the spokesman for Gilan province’s waste control office, instructed IRIB that $4 million were allotted to address the website, including investment in a “fertilizer and incinerator plant”.
Poor waste management in Iran is causing environmental damage of round $1.7 billion annually, in line with a report by way of the Iranian day by day Tehran Times.