Analysis by PMOI/MEK
May 2, 2018 - May 1st, known as Labor Day across the globe, is considered a day to commemorate our societies’ labor sector. This goes without any consideration of our religions or sects.
In Iran, however, the ruling regime banned all such popular gatherings in an effort to prevent their evolving into anti-government protests and demonstrations.
In previous years the Iranian regime would provide authority to its own state-run entities to hold farce rallies in controlled indoor facilities. Last year Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke at a gathering at the mausoleum of Iranian regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini.
This year, however, no such ceremony or rally was authorized and workers across the country went the limits to find rifts in Tehran and other cities to march in the streets and voice their anger over the regime’s oppressive policies against the labor sector.
Even Iran’s repressive authorities realize that banning of such gatherings is not an easy task and comes with a price. The fragile and very explosive nature of Iran’s society, however, leaves the ruling elite no other choice but to impose such bans.
Workers were seen in the streets of Iran’s capital and other cities expressing their anger and demands. Authorities even attacked a rally outside the parliament, arresting a number of the protesting workers. Cities of Kurdistan Province, such as Baneh, Saqqez and Sanandaj, and Kamiaran and Isfahan in central Iran were also scenes of Labor Day protests.
The very fact that Iran’s regime resorted to banning all Labor Day rallies this year is very telling and sheds light into Tehran’s grave concerns about domestic crises engulfing Iran’s powder keg society. This phenomenon is increasing and eliminating all previous options the Iranian regime resorted to in order to somehow bypass and keep a lid on this tension.
The PMOI/MEK network inside the country registered more than 2,000 labor protests and demonstrations during Iran’s previous calendar year (from March 2017 to March 2018). Various cases continued for several days and even weeks. From March 21st this day, however, we have already witnessed 180 cases of labor strikes and protests staged by a variety of workers, farmers, porters and even credit firm clients demanding their plundered savings back.
It is now a proven fact that the Iranian regime cannot keep a lid on this growing movement. This goes alongside all other sectors of Iran’s society that continue to voice their opinions against the ruling elite in Tehran and are demanding sweeping regime change.