Protests were held today in the city of Arak, with citizens demanding that authorities take immediate to reduce environmental pollution.

Today’s demonstration marked the thirteenth time that people in Arak have staged a protest to demand clean air.

The city of Arak is home to 600 industrial units and factories that contribute heavily to pollution in the area.

Shazand Power Generation, located 18 kilometers from the city limits, runs on fuel oil. The government has promised on several occasions that it will stop the use of this fuel at the plant but so far has failed to honour its promise.

According to the Arak representative in Parliament, for 250 days of each year, the air quality in Arak is well below acceptable limits.