Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, October 13, 2019—Employees of the Azarab factory in the city of Arak, western Iran, held a gathering at a city square on Sunday, October 13, protesting their employment status remaining in limbo and poor living conditions. These workers have announced a one-week deadline for regime officials in order to finalize the status of the main shareholder of their factory, being the state-run Bank Keshavarzi (Farming).
On the same day, workers of the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane company held a protest rally and outside the factory courtyard protesting the factory officials’ decision to expel many of their colleagues, bogus charges raised against these innocent workers and not receiving answers to their demands. The Haft Tapeh workers are now officially on strike.
The Azarab workers held a gathering again on Monday, October 7, protesting not receiving their delayed paychecks and the status of stockholders remaining in limbo. In response, Iranian regime officials dispatched anti-riot units who resorted to attacking and firing tear gas into the workers’ peaceful protests.
The vicious units of the mullahs’ regime, desperate to prevent the protest from expanding across the city, stormed into the Azarab factory parking lot and prevented the personnel from entering their facilities.
To prevent any further demonstrations, state security forces took measures to surround the area where the 1,000 Azarab workers were protesting.
Numerous scenes of Azarab factory employees’ protest gathering being met with attacks by anti-riot units and firing tear gas – Arak, western Iran – October 7, 2019
“Hail to the brave workers of Azarab, Arak, who did not succumb to the clerical regime’s threats and intimidations, continuing their protest today. The regime again responded by tear gas, arrests, and beatings. Such oppression will be foiled by the courageous workers’ willpower,” Mrs. Rajavi said.
Hail to the brave workers of Azarab, Arak, who did not succumb to the clerical regime’s threats &intimidations, continuing their protest today. The regime again responded by tear gas, arrests, &beatings. Such oppression will be foiled by the courageous workers’ will power. #Iran pic.twitter.com/yzKXAy9TP0— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) October 7, 2019
Also last week. the workers of Haft Tapeh held a gathering at the company courthouse in support of their colleagues who have been unjustly expelled from work recently.