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Protests continue in several Iranian cities despite coronavirus threat

Protest by nurses in Isfahan
Protest by nurses in Isfahan

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, May 22, 2020—The Iranian regime’s destructive policies during the coronavirus pandemic has left Iran’s already ailing economy in an even worse situation, further affecting all segments of the society, especially the impoverished classes.

As Iranian officials have confessed on several occasions, the regime’s policies have forced the people between a rock and a hard place, leaving them with the choice to die of coronavirus or of hunger. Under the current circumstances, despite the threat of the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 disease, during the week, people of different communities have been constantly protesting the regime’s economic policies.

Protest by nurses in Isfahan

On Thursday, a group of nurses in Isfahan held a rally in front of the prosecutor’s office to protest the regime refraining from implementing its own legislations regarding their rights. The nurses were protesting discrimination in the health ministry’s salary policies and the lack of implementation of nursing services tariffs, which was ratified more than 13 years ago.

The protesters demanded the implementation of the laws of tariffs, dangerous and damaging jobs, addressing the shortage of human workforce, and addressing discrimination in salaries.

 

Protests by nurses in Isfahan

Protests by nurses in Isfahan

Strikes by municipality workers in Ahvaz

On Thursday, the workers of Ahvaz municipality went on strike in protest to not receiving their salaries for several months. Unpaid salaries have become a focal point of many labor protests in the past few years. Regime institutions’ continued refusal to pay the wages of workers exacerbates hardships against this segment of the society during the hard circumstances imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. Pictures obtained from District 6 of Ahvaz show garbage piled up in different locations due to the municipality is not functioning properly.

 

Strikes by municipality workers in Ahvaz

Strikes by municipality workers in Ahvaz

Protests by municipality workers in Shahin Shahr

On Thursday, a group of municipality workers in Shahin Shahr, Isfahan, held their protest rally for the second consecutive day. The demonstrators, who had gathered in front of the municipality, protested a change in the contractor who is managing their work and their low wages.

According to the protesters, more than 200 workers do not have a proper contract. The contractors who are managing municipality work regularly neglect the rights of the workers and pay their salaries with delay. Changing the contractor will also deprive the workers of their experience bonuses.

1Protest by municipality workers in Shahin Shahr

1Protest by municipality workers in Shahin Shahr