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Students, workers, creditors protest in different Iranian cities

Protests by students of Quchan Industrial University
Protests by students of Quchan Industrial University

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, October 15, 2019—Students of Quchan Industrial University, Khorasan Province, demonstrated in front of the university’s Central Organization on Monday. The students protested illegal costs imposed on students by the university’s authorities.

According to the regime’s own laws, the government is supposed to support the tuition fees of university students. In the past years, however, the regime has been reneging on its commitments under various excuses.

The students are forced to pay expensive tuition fees during the period that the government is supposed to support them. The regime has reduced the number of years it supports students’ fees, while the lack of facilities in universities often extends the study period of students. The students of Quchan are also protesting to extra costs imposed on students who fail in exams.

Quchan is not the only university where students are protesting about these conditions. The students of Amir Kabir University in Tehran held similar protests on Sunday.

In Eslamshahr, Tehran province, the employees of the Persian Gulf International Transportation Company demonstrated in front of the mayor’s office and protested to Iranian authorities’ lack of response to their demands.

The workers are protesting their deteriorating working conditions, especially after the company was transferred to the private sector.

The Iranian regime sold Persian Gulf Transportation, one of the largest transportation companies in Iran, to private owners in 2016 as part of the privatization plan, in which government-owned companies and public assets are liquidated and given to private owners. The new owners are in most cases closely related to the regime and take advantage of their ties to officials to purchase these companies at a fraction of their value.

Like many other privatized companies, Persian Gulf Transportation has seen a major degradation in production and the deterioration of working conditions for its workers since its new owners assumed control.

Protests by creditors in Tehran

Protests by creditors in Tehran

 

Also on Monday, creditors and customers of various corrupt regime-owned financial institutions gathered in front of the Central Bank and protested the plundering of their wealth by the regime.

While the protests of creditors have been ongoing for several years, this is the first time that customers of different institutions are holding joint protests. In Monday’s demonstration, protesters included creditors from Caspian, Samen ol-Hojaj and other credit institutes.

The protesters, who had gathered in larger numbers than usual, had previously coordinated and organized their protests. With the regime refraining from responding to their demands, the creditors are now becoming more united and organized to pressurize regime officials to return their stolen money.

A few years, ago, credit institutions such as Caspian, Arman, and Samen, all owned directly or indirectly by the terrorist-designated Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), encouraged thousands of middle-class Iranians to invest their savings in them, promising quick returns on investment. But after absorbing billions of dollars’ worth of investor money, all of them filed for bankruptcy and refrained to return their customers’ funds. The developments have triggered protests that have been ongoing for the past three years.

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