Reported by PMOI/MEK
Iran, Jan. 12, 2019 - On Friday, purchasers of Iran Khodro and Saipa, two state-owned Iranian vehicle manufacturers, held a rally in Tehran, protesting these two companies’ pricing policies and refusing to deliver the vehicles purchased by these individuals. This rally was held at Tehran’s auto exhibition.
There have been a number of such rallies recently in various cities of Iran. The factory prices of some vehicles have escalated at times up to 100 percent, raising concerns for those signing up early to purchase new vehicles.
Such individuals are saying these companies have been reluctant for months, refusing to issue official letters for the customers to be able to receive their vehicles. Many of these letters should have been issued back in June. As a result, the prices now demanded are many times higher than those initially placed forward by the customers. Furthermore, the prices of many vehicles have increased significantly during the past few weeks.
Last Tuesday, a group of Saipa customers rallied in the capital’s car exhibition hall and sat down in protest. The protesters were demanding Saipa to stay true to its commitments regarding the presale of its vehicles.
The regime is engulfed in corruption, leading to officials plundering money belonging to ordinary people.
As protests continue across the country, here’s a brief look at a number of recent rallies.
In Dezful, municipality employees launched a strike and rallied in the city’s Rudband Square, protesting not receiving their paychecks during the past four months. The workers are also protesting changes in their work status, ultimately depriving them of salary bonuses.
The workers have been working on holidays with promises of bonus payments, but they have yet to receive even their minimum wages.
Workers of several large factories in Qeshm, an island south of Iran, rallied in protest to wages unpaid for four months. The companies are all active in the oil industry, including PetroPay, Petrosazan and Rahgozaran Construction.
In 2018, the regime was riddled in a domestic protest crisis throughout Iran. 2019 is promising to present an even more turbulent period for the mullahs’ regime.