Report by PMOI/MEK
Iran, August 13, 2018 - Store makers in the religious city of Mashhad shopping centers took to the streets today, protesting skyrocketing prices.
Protesters in Monday’s demonstration are seen chanting:
“Death to high prices”
"Death to the Dictator"
“Everyone has risen; cowards are still home”
These brave protesters in the streets were seen encouraging their colleagues to join their ranks and close their shops.
Sources say the rally continued in the city’s Amel Avenue despite a large number of security dispatched to the site.
The Mashhad bazaar strike follows two days of similar protests in Tehran where demonstrators were seen chanting “Death to the dictator.”
The Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran issued a statement on Tehran’s recent protests.
"The shopkeepers in the shoe market in Vahid, Azam and Kamali malls on Tehran's 15th Khordad Avenue continued their strike for the second day on Sunday.
The strike began on Saturday in protest at the unprecedented cost of raw materials for shoe production. Shopkeepers in Sepahsalar market, Mousavi market and Manouchehr Khani market also joined the shoemakers’ strike.
On Sunday, the shopkeepers in these markets rallied and chanted “Zealous marketers, Support! Support!”, “Down with high costs”, and “Death to the Dictator”. The protest continued despite the fact that the intelligence agents were putting the shopkeepers under great pressure to prevent them from closing their shops.
At the same time500 retired workers from the Naznakh and Farnakh spinning factory in Qazvin, gathered in front of Qazvin governorate. The regime fails to pay their wage claims even ten years after their retirement.
In Naghadeh, following the refusal of government authorities to pay farmers' claims, the sugar beet farmers took control of the Azarqand factory since four days ago. They took control of the factory, expelled the factory officials, and shut down the factory on August 8th in protest at nonpayment of their claims for one year.