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Iran: Fire in historic Tabriz bazaar & Rail workers protesting in Nourabad and Arak

Fire has engulfed a historic bazaar in the city of Tabriz & Rail workers protesting in Nourabad and Arak
Fire has engulfed a historic bazaar in the city of Tabriz & Rail workers protesting in Nourabad and Arak

Reported by PMOI/MEK

 

Iran, May 9, 2019 - On Wednesday night local time, a major fire broke out in the historic bazaar of Tabriz, northwest Iran. Ike Ghapilar is the name of this grand location that is also registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

At first, a cosmetics shop erupted into flames in the roofed bazaar area. The fire continued to spread to other parts of the site and the flames were reported to have reached three meters in height.

Reports indicate 200 stores were damaged by this fire. State-run news agencies reported this bazaar had once before burned in the flames back in 2009.

This is yet another example of the mullahs’ incompetence and failing to provide safeguard measures to prevent such catastrophes in living conditions of the Iranian people.

 

 

 

Fire burning the historic grand bazaar of Tabriz, northwest Iran

 

 

 

Arak railroad workers' protest

 

Rail workers protesting in Nourabad and Arak, Iran

Rail workers protesting in Nourabad and Arak, Iran

 

In other reports, railroad workers and employees of the Nourabad and Arak network held a rally on Tuesday and went on strike, protesting delays in receiving answers to their demands from company officials.

These workers, in contract with the “Joosh Gostar Rail Company,” have not received their paychecks for the months of March and April.  They are also demanding their traditional Ramadan bonuses.

According to the official social media channel launched by these workers, workers in the cities of Eslamshahr, Robat Karim and a major airport near the Iranian capital, Tehran, also went on strike for similar reasons. These workers are also suffering from not receiving their insurance pensions during the past few months.

Around six thousand rail workers are hired through contract companies and they are mostly facing paycheck delays and lack any job security. These workers are protesting and launching strikes in cities checkered throughout the country, resulting in a large number of trains coming to a standstill.

 

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