Reported by PMOI/MEK
Iran, Oct. 11, 2018 - Iran’s hardworking truck drivers continued their nationwide strike, marking the 19th consecutive day on Thursday.
Reports from sources indicate this protest movement is continuing strong, especially in the cities of Ardabil, Isfahan, Mobarakeh, Zarrin Shahr and Bandar Imam.
Truck drivers in the cities of Ardabil (northwest Iran) and Mobarakeh (central) held rallies at the local loading stations, protesting skyrocketing prices for spare parts and low paychecks.
During Wednesday’s protests, drivers and truck owners in Isfahan’s New Shapur district held a protest march outside the loading station’s city office.
Truckers in Isfahan, central Iran, were rallying early Wednesday morning, seeking answers to their rightful demands, including an increase in their paychecks and authorities providing the spare parts they need.
Truck drivers protest against the regime's policies of high cost of spare parts and tires
Truck drivers in Zarrin Shahr near Isfahan also held a protest rally in one of the city’s squares.
In the city of Mobarakeh, truckers were seen rallying outside the mayor’s office.
Truck drivers in Isfahan protest against the high cost of spare parts and tires and low transportation fees
Truck drivers hold a banner that reads the high cost of spare parts are breaking the backs of the drivers
Truck drivers gather to protest the high cost of spare parts
Deutsche Welle has covered the continuing strike, emphasizing more truck drivers have been arrested and face “severe punishment.” Prior to this reports also showed store-owners launching a strike in dozens of cities in solidarity with the truckers. Authorities had dispatched a high number of security forces in fear of strikes turning into protests.
Truck drivers protest in Mobarakeh, the suburb of Isfahan
On Tuesday, head of the judiciary in Kermanshah Province, western Iran, said ten individuals had been arrested on charges of “disturbing” the truck drivers.
“Severe measures will be taken against the suspects if these measures continue,” said Mohammad Reza Edalatkhah, according to the state-run ILNA news agency. He also warned those “disrupting the roads” to stop their actions.
Truck drivers protest in Mobarakeh, a suburb of Isfahan
“If anyone causes any disturbances, such as throwing rocks that may result in the driver wielding off the road or be hurt, and if, God forbid, the driver loses his life, this can be considered as an act of murder for the individual hurling the rock,” he added.
Mohsen Karami, caretaker of the Qavin prosecutor’s office in northwest Iran, said 17 individuals had been arrested in this province, adding they had “assaulted” the truck drivers.
“Based on our duty, we will be requesting the utmost punishment for these individuals. If they are found to be guilty of moharebeh, they will be facing severe punishment, such as execution… Most of these incidents are considered psychological warfare aimed at disrupting the country’s peace while there are no such protests in reality.”
Following the truckers’ protest movement, the mullahs’ regime has been forced to transfer fuel with the rail network.
In an attempt to save face, head of the Oil Products Distribution Department in Fars Province of south-central Iran said in this regard, “Transferring fuel with tanker trucks is very dangerous. That is why in this province we have decided to transfer these oil products with trains.”