Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, July 4, 2019 - As protests begin to escalate across the country, authorities of the ruling regime in Iran are being forced to provide the demands being raised by farmers and people from other walks of life.
In Isfahan, central Iran, city officials are growing concerned over farmers gathered from across the province continuing their protests and demanding their fair share of river waters for their lands. As a result, Isfahan authorities were forced to open the Zayandeh-Rud River to the locals’ lands.
Farmers in the western parts of Isfahan Province rallied outside the governor’s office on Wednesday making their demands heard alongside farmers from the town of Lenjan, also in Isfahan Province.
In the city of Shush of Khuzestan Province in southwest Iran, more than 50 drivers of the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Company went on strike on Sunday, protesting four-month paycheck/pension delays. They held their Wednesday rally outside the Agriculture Office of this company.
These drivers, responsible for transferring the company’s workers to and from its farms, have direct contracts with their employees. Based on the terms of these contracts, the company must pay monthly paychecks to these drivers in addition to their vehicle expenses. These drivers work for around 8 to 12 hours a day in harsh conditions, earning just 85,000 rials an hour (about 65 cents).