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Iranian regime orders flogging of Haft Tapeh sugar mill workers

Haft Tapeh sugar cane workers holding a protest rally – Shush, southwest Iran (file photo)
Haft Tapeh sugar cane workers holding a protest rally – Shush, southwest Iran (file photo)

Analysis by PMOI/MEK

 

Iran, Aug. 15, 2019 - On Tuesday, August 13, one of the courts of the Iranian regime in the southern city of Shush, condemned some the workers of the Haf Tapeh Sugar Factory, who had previously protested for their basic rights, to eight months in prison and 20 lashes each.

The workers were arrested following their strikes and protests in last fall and were released on parole. The protests of the Haft Tapeh workers lasted for several weeks and garnered support from many communities across the country. The protesters were demanding better work and pay conditions and the dismissal of corrupt managers who were tied to the regime.

The Iranian regime responded to the demands of the protesters by cracking down on them, raiding their homes, and arresting them. Several of the organizers of the protests were severely tortured in the regime's prisons.

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