Reported by PMOI/MEK
[This report will be updated as the strikes continue]
Iran, July 30, 2018 - The cities of Tehran, Shahr-e Rey, Tabriz, Qeshm, Karaj and others are witnessing store-owners closing their shops from early Monday morning, reports from sources inside the country indicate.
This new strike follows a recent nosedive of Iran’s currency, the rial, reaching 115,000 rials to the U.S. dollar. On Sunday night, a number of bazaar merchants issued statements calling on their colleagues to stage a new round of strikes. People on social media are welcoming these measures, emphasizing the status quo is no longer acceptable.
The Soltani, Zand and gold markets in Tehran’s famous bazaar have been closed since Monday morning.
1120 local time, July 30, Gazvin Bazaar strike
1100 local time, July 30, Tehran Bazaar strike
0945 local time, July 30, Tehran Bazaar strike
0940 local time, Monday, July 30, Bazaar store owners in Karaj (N.W. Tehran) on strike
0930 local time, Monday, July 30, Tehran Gold & Jewlery Bazaar on strike
0900 local time, Monday, July 30, Stores closed in Tehran bazaar
Stores closed in Qeshm bazaar
Stores closed in Amir Kabir gold & jewelry bazaar
In Tabriz, northwest Iran, gold and jewelry stores, and shop owners in the Aghazi bazaar are on strike. Authorities are dispatching security forces around this are to prevent any protests and forecasted unrest.
Security forces around Aghazi bazaar – Tabriz, NW Iran
In Karaj, west of Tehran, store owners in Qazvin Avenue have also closed down.
Tabriz: Gold & Jewlery shops in Gazvin Ave. on strike
The city of Shahriar is also witnessing closed stores as this movement expands throughout the country.
Store owners in the city of Bandar-Abbas, known as Iran’s most important port city in the south, are also on strike.
Shop owners in Rasht, northern Iran, have refused to open and are expressing solidarity with their colleagues across the country.
Store owners on strike in Rasht, N Iran