Report by PMOI/MEK
Iran, November 10, 2018 – Protests and Strikes by the National Steel Group workers of Ahwaz started this morning (Saturday, November 10, 2018) in front of the Ahwaz governor’s office.
Angry workers are protesting the high cost of living, while their income has remained the same and in some cases not paid for a number of months.
They chant “No nation has seen such injustice (by their government)” and “there are nasty corroborations behind the curtain regarding the factory.”
From the beginning of November, Iran has been the scene of numerous protests and strikes.
On Wednesday, truckers continued their nationwide strike in dozens of cities for the seventh consecutive day. Truck drivers in the cities of Bandar Khomeini, Parvizkhan, Gorgan, Zanjan, Sirjan, Shiraz, Farough, Kazerun, Marvdasht, Mirjaveh, Yazd, Tehran, Bandar Abbas & others were seen continuing their strike.
This nationwide strike has currently reached 65 cities in 24 of Iran’s 31 provinces.
Bandar Khomeini – Truck drivers’ strike
In a village school near the city of Marivan, western Iran, students were complaining about the shortage and lack of necessary supplies, especially heating appliances. The students were holding signs reading, “We are cold.”
Marivan, western Iran – Students complaining of their school being cold
Storeowners in the city of Malard joined the nationwide strike on Wednesday, refusing to open their shops. During the past three days, storeowners in the cities of Tehran, Isfahan, Mashhad, Tabriz, Shiraz, Kerman, Nourabad in Lorestan Province, Babol, Gorgan, Saqqez and Baneh have been on strike, protesting skyrocketing prices and unbridled inflation. This nationwide strike has now reached 20 cities and bazaars in 11 provinces.
Malard – Stores on strike
In Shadegan, southwest Iran, numerous municipality workers were protesting for the second day on Wednesday, demanding their postponed paychecks. These employees have not been paid for the past eight months.
Shadegan – Municipality protesting & demanding their postponed paychecks
On November 6, 2018, the strike of Bazaar merchants in large parts of Tehran and many other cities of Iran continued for the second consecutive day in spite of repressive and deterrent measures of intelligence and police forces.
The carpet-sellers and home appliances Bazaar in Tehran, the carpet-sellers and handicrafts market in Isfahan, Sarshour market in Mashhad, Tarbiat Street market and the apparel market in Tabriz, as well as parts of Kerman, Rudsar, Babol and other cities continued their strike today in protest of inflation, poverty and high prices, and the bazaar merchants refused to open their shops.
Truck and heavy vehicle drivers, on the other hand, continued their sixth day of the fourth round of their strikes today. In addition to Tehran, the strike included many provinces including Isfahan, Hormozgan, Zanjan, Golestan, Kermanshah, Kerman, West Azarbaijan, Central, Khorasan Razavi and Yazd.
The farmers of the eastern and western villages of Isfahan also held their fifth day of strike today. Deprived farmers of Khorasgan, Isfahan, Dashti, Ziar, Hayderabad, Shahkaram, Vajareh, Semina, Khorram and Khoorchan, Bistoon, Ejieh, Varzaneh, Vedasht, Kandoon, Zaghmar, Pilevaran, Jor, Qahdarijan, Zarin Shahr, Goldasht, Kushk, Najaf Abad and Falavarjan participate in this sit-in and protest.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, saluted the striking drivers, farmers and merchants, calling on all the Iranian people, especially the youth, to support them, and said that the restoration of the rights of the strikers is the protection of the rights of all the people of Iran and an urgent national and patriotic duty. She called on all international human rights organizations, relevant syndicates and trade unions across the world to support striking drivers, farmers and merchants in Iran.