Khamenei Says Water Crisis Protesters Cannot Be Blamed

DUBAI (Reuters) -
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei receives the second dose of the COVIran Barakat vaccine, developed by a state-affiliated conglomerate, in Tehran, Friday. (Official Khamenei Website/Handout via Reuters)

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that Iranians protesting over water shortages in the southwest cannot be blamed, and called on officials to deal with the water problem, Iran‘s state media reported.

“The people showed their displeasure … but we cannot really blame the people and their issues must be taken care of,” Khamenei was quoted by Iranian news agencies as saying, in reference to the week-long protests.

“Now all the various agencies, governmental and non-governmental, are working [to resolve the water crisis] and should continue with all seriousness,” Khamenei added.