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Iran: Protests by students in Tehran, farmers in Isfahan

PhD students rallying outside the Iranian regime’s parliament
PhD students rallying outside the Iranian regime’s parliament

Analysis by PMOI/MEK

 

Iran, Oct. 22, 2018 - There is a continuous stream of reports of further protests in cities across Iran.

A group of PhD students in Tehran rallied on Monday outside the Iranian regime’s parliament protesting the difficulty to find jobs.

Students of Amir Kabir University in Tehran also rallied on Monday, protesting the college officials’ incompetence. These students also on this day rallied in another location, protesting a decision to cancel exams.

 

Third day of protests by students outside the regime’s Census Organization

Third day of protests by students outside the regime’s Census Organization

 

Hardworking farmers of Isfahan held a rally protesting the Iranian regime’s plundering policies and not receiving their share of water for their lands.

 

People & farmers of eastern Isfahan demanding their share of river waters

People & farmers of Varzaneh in Isfahan demanding their share of river waters

 

People & farmers of eastern Isfahan demanding their share of river waters

People & farmers of Varzaneh in eastern Isfahan demanding their share of river waters

 

In the country’s capital, residents of the Vanak district protested the destruction of their homes and the area being placed under Open University authority.

 

Civil activists & residents of Tehran’s residents protesting

Civil activists & residents of Tehran’s residents protesting

 

On Sunday, people from all walks of life, including minibus drivers in Tehran, PhD students, credit firm clients and firefighters were seen holding protest rallies.

As the Iranian regime faces new and escalating crises with each passing day, more people from all walks of life are seen holding protests in numerous cities throughout Iran.

In Tehran, a group of Ph.D. students from universities across the country rallied in the country’s capital, protesting the lack of foreign currency based on government rates as promised by education officials. This Saturday rally outside the Ministry of Sciences building was held despite threats issued by education officials.

 

Tehran – College students rallying on Saturday

Tehran – College students rallying on Saturday

 

Also in Tehran, clients of the Sekeye Thaman credit company rallied on Saturday outside the public prosecutor’s office, demanding their stolen savings returned.

 

Tehran – Clients of the Sekeye Thaman credit company demanding their plundered money returned

Tehran – Clients of the Sekeye Thaman credit company demanding their plundered money returned

 

A group of firefighters in the city of Shadegan in southwest Iran rallied outside the Khuzestan governor office demanding higher paychecks. These individuals were protesting on behalf of 300 employees working for the firefighting service and demanding paychecks that are delayed for the past nine months.

 

Clients of the Kuye Farzan credit company in Tehran rallied outside the district mayor’s office. The protesters were seen holding a banner written: “We are requesting houses and criminals to be handed over to the judiciary.”

 

Kuye Farzan credit firm clients demanding their stolen money returned

Kuye Farzan credit firm clients demanding their stolen money returned

 

The Tuli Press Company in Qazvin has come to a complete standstill. The 370 employees have been banned from entering the site since Saturday. This factory had restarted its activities on October 6 after a two-month delay.

 

Qazvin – Tuli Press factory coming to a standstill

Qazvin – Tuli Press factory coming to a standstill

 

Youths in Behbahan, southwest Iran, rallied at the Friday prayer site again this week, protesting being unemployed while authorities are hiring non-locals to work in a nearby refinery.

 

Behbahan – Youths protesting on Friday & demanding jobs

Behbahan – Youths protesting on Friday & demanding jobs

 

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As teachers across Iran continue their nationwide strike for the second consecutive day on Monday reaching 103 cities and truckers forced regime officials to succumb to three of their demands after three weeks of strikes, more reports are coming from numerous cities across Iran about people from all walks of life holding a variety of rallies.

In Tehran, clients of the Revolutionary Guards-linked Caspian credit firm rallied outside the Iranian regime’s Central Bank, demanding their stolen money returned.

The protesters were chanting:

“The bankrupt government is sitting on our money”

Clients of the Caspian credit firm were also rallying in the city of Rasht in northern Iran. Braving heavy rainfall, these protesters gathered outside the Caspian branch and demanded their plundered savings returned.

They were chanting:

“Our life’s work has been stolen and plundered”

“We’ll continue our protests until our money is returned”

“Our money has been stolen and we can’t put food on the table”

In Haft Tappeh, southwest Iran, livestock workers went on strike on Monday, protesting pressures imposed by regime officials.

In Shushtar, southwest Iran, municipality workers held a rally outside the city hall on Monday demanding their paychecks that have been postponed for the past six months. These protesting workers say that prior to the Dec/Jan period, all Shushtar municipality employees were working under the city’s official authority. However, against the workers’ will and opinion, they were suddenly placed under regime officials’ authority under plan pretexted as a privatization measure. Their paychecks have been delayed ever since they added.

 

 

Shushtar – Municipality workers’ protest rally

Shushtar – Municipality workers’ protest rally

 

Students of the Sanandaj Open University in western Iran rallied on Monday, protesting officials’ decision to eliminate the fields of nursing, especially one week into the course.

 

 

Sanandaj Open University students protesting

Sanandaj Open University students protesting

 

Employees of a factory producing industrial counters in the Albroz Industrial Complex in Qazvin Province held a rally to protest not receiving their pensions for the past 14 months.

 

Alborz Industrial Complex workers holding a protest rally  

Alborz Industrial Complex workers holding a protest rally    

 

According to the latest reports, teachers in more than 100 cities across Iran are continuing their nationwide strike for the second consecutive day on Monday, reaching the cities of Mashhad, Marivan, Isfahan, HamedanKaraj, Homayounshahr, Shahinshar, Ahvaz, Baneh, Ravansar and many more.

Reports from the cities of QeshmAhvaz, Poldokhtar, Ravansar, Rafsanjan, Zarineh and Babol indicate all teachers are on strike. Their protests have also spread to the cities of DivandarehShiraz, Sanandaj, Sari, Langrud, Saqqez, Khomeini Shahr, Kermanshah, and many others.

 

Teachers of a school in Marivan, western Iran

Teachers of a school in Marivan, western Iran

 

The teaching staff of a school in Karaj, west of Tehran

The teaching staff of a school in Karaj, west of Tehran

 

 

Teachers of a school in Isfahan, central Iran

Teachers of a school in Isfahan, central Iran

 

Teachers of Hamedan, western Iran

Teachers of Hamedan, western Iran

 

Teachers in dozens of cities across Iran began their nationwide strike on Sunday, protesting poor living conditions, problems with their jobs and heavy security measures imposed in their schools.

 

Teachers of Alborz city are on a nationwide strike

Teachers of Alborz city are on a nationwide strike

 

Teachers in the cities of Paveh, Islamabad-e Gharb, Yazd, Kermanshah, Shiraz, Marivan, Mashhad, Ilam, Gonabad, Torbat-e Heydariyeh, Tabriz, Amol, Garmeh, Lamerd, Sanandaj, Saqqez, Tehran (Quds Town), Sarvabad and a number of other towns and cities were seen to be on strike.

Students in various cities also announced their support for their teachers on this initiative.

 

Teachers of Hassankhan tower in Tehran are on a nationwide strike

Teachers of Hassankhan tower in Tehran are on a nationwide strike

 

Teachers of Divandarreh are on a nationwide strike on Oct 15

Teachers of Divandarreh are on a nationwide strike on Oct 15

 

Other cities included Mahabad, Khorramabad, Firouzazbad, Zarrin Shahr, Bojnourd, Javanrud, Sari, Karaj, Ivan-e Gharb, and others.

The protesting teachers are also calling for the release of their jailed colleagues.

Since anti-government demonstrations erupted throughout Iran in December, strikes have become a popular way for citizens from all walks of life and social classes to protest against the corruption and inefficiency of the Iranian regime.

 

 

Mofatteh school, Isfahan-teachers on strike

Mofatteh school, Isfahan-teachers on strike

 

This is the second time that Iranian teachers are going on strike. Earlier this year, teachers across the country took to the streets to protest against discrimination, imprisonment of political activists and economic woes. This round of strikes by teachers is happening in parallel to a widespread strike by truck drivers across the country, which has lasted for more than three weeks and has expanded to more than 300 cities across the country. Last week, a separate strike by merchants and shop owners reached dozens of cities.

 

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