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Iran: Tabriz stores on strike, protests in other cities

Stores closed in cities northwest Iran
Stores closed in cities northwest Iran

Report by PMOI/MEK

 

Iran, November 15, 2018 - Bazaar storeowners in Tabriz, northwest Iran, went on strike on Wednesday, protesting skyrocketing prices, lack of goods and a decreasing number of customers. Images from this major Iranian city indicate shops closed near “Sa’at Square” and Taleghani Avenue. Reports from other cities also showed shop-owners closing down and joining this nationwide strike movement, parallel to strikes and protests in other cities across the country.

 

Downtown Astara, northwest Iran

Downtown Astara, northwest Iran

 

Stores closed in Astara, northwest Iran

Stores closed in Astara, northwest Iran

 

Strike in Birjand, northeast Iran

Strike in Birjand, northeast Iran

 

Strike in Talesh, northern Iran

Strike in Talesh, northern Iran

 

Talesh, northern Iran – Enghelab (Revolution) Avenue

Talesh, northern Iran – Enghelab (Revolution) Avenue

 

In other reports, employees of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Mill Company in Shush, southwest Iran, continued their rallies on Wednesday, marking this the tenth of their ongoing strike.

 

“Death to oppressors, hail to workers”

“Shush locals, support us”

These workers were also chanting slogans calling on protesting employees of the Ahvaz Industrial Steel Group – also on strike – to join their ranks in these ongoing protests.

 

Shush, southwest Iran – Haft Tappeh sugar mill employees on strike

Shush, southwest Iran – Haft Tappeh sugar mill employees on strike

 

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Employees of the Ahvaz Steel Company continued their strike on Wednesday, holding a protest rally outside the Khuzestan Province governor’s office, demanding their delayed paychecks and protesting poor working conditions at their worksite.

The workers were chanting:

“Workers of Khuzestan, unite, unite”

 

 

On Tuesday, a group of these workers held a gathering outside the governor’s office and the entrance of the Ahvaz Sports Complex. They were blocking the path for the convoy of Iranian regime vice president Eshagh Jahangiri and voicing their protests.

 

 

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi tweeted her message of support for the various protests and strikes by people from all walks of life across Iran:

 

 

 

In other reports also from Ahvaz, workers of the Haft Tappeh sugar mill continued their strike for the tenth consecutive day on Wednesday, rallying outside the Shush governor’s office and chanting: “Death to oppressors, hail to workers,” and “Shush locals, support us.”

These workers expressed their solidarity with the Ahvaz steel employees by chanting, “Proud steel workers, thank you, thank you.”

 

 

Reports of a variety of protests are coming from cities and towns across Iran.

Truck drivers across Iran are continuing their nationwide strike for the 12th consecutive day on Monday. This movement has now expanded to 75 cities in 25 of Iran’s 31 provinces.

 

Qas-e Shirin truck drivers continue their strike

Qas-e Shirin truck drivers continue their strike

 

In Saravan, southeast Iran, drivers were rallying near a gas station, protesting the authorities’ refusal to provide diesel fuel for their trucks.

In Ahvaz, southeast Iran, employees of the National Steel Group continued their strike for the third consecutive day.

 

 

Holding their rally outside the provincial governor’s office in this city, the protesting workers were chanting slogans to have authorities respond to their demands, protesting their current working conditions and not receiving their paychecks for the past several months.

 

Strike and protest by Haft Tappeh Sugarcane factory workers

Strike and protest by Haft Tappeh Sugarcane factory workers

 

The Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) issued a statement saying:

“Workers of the Ahvaz National Steel Group also protested on Saturday, gathering in front of the governor's office in the city. They chanted: No nation has seen this much injustice; Hossein Hossein, is their slogan, theft is their pride; what did behind the scene hands have done with the factory?”

“Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, hailed the determination of the truck drivers, the deprived farmers of Isfahan, the oppressed hard-working workers of Haft Tapeh sugarcane factory and Ahvaz steel, and other strikers across the country, and called on fellow citizens, especially the youth, to support them and said: ‘Poverty, inflation, unemployment and corruption were brought to our country by the religious fascism, and will continue as long as this medieval regime is in power.’”

Also in Ahvaz, the hard working employees of the Haft Tappeh sugar mill continued their strike for the eighth consecutive day on Monday, demanding an end to privatization policies that are ruining their jobs and lives; their delayed paychecks to be provided and officials to promise to never delay their paychecks again.

On Saturday, these protesting workers had expanded their movement into the city and locals were hearing their protests and demands. Another group of these workers were continuing their strike at the sugar mill site.

 

Haft Tappeh employees on strike at the sugar mill

Haft Tappeh employees on strike at the sugar mill

 

 

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