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Iran truck drivers continue nationwide strike into the fifth day

Truck drivers on strike across Iran (File Photo)
Truck drivers on strike across Iran (File Photo)

Reported by PMOI/MEK

 

Iran, May 26, 2018 - Truck drivers across Iran are continuing their nationwide strike into its fifth day on Saturday. More cities are joining this massive effort, already inflicting severe impacts on the Iranian regime’s economy, reaching 177 cities and towns throughout 29 provinces after the fourth day, and covering all of Iran.

Reports from the Bandar Abbas-Sirajn highway in southern Iran indicate state police attacking the protesting truck drivers using tear gas and electric shockers. A number of the drivers at the scene are now wounded and injured.

Videos have also arrived from the cities of Tehran, Mashhad, Hamedan, Bushehr, Zahedan, Kerman, Kermanshah, Robat Karim, Neka, Borujen and Divandareh show dozens of other truck drivers also on strike.

1,700 fuel trucks in Isfahan Province alone are on strike.

Various media outlets in Iran are claiming an end to this general strike, while activists report these are fake reports and truck drivers have shown no sign of succumbing to the regime’s demands or hollow promises.

Following protests in Kazerun, these strikes are proving the Iranian people will not rest in their struggle against the mullahs’ regime.

In an effort to bring an end to this general strike, the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and state police are resorting to a variety of pretexts, including pressuring fuel truck drivers to begin working again and dispatching IRGC-linked trucks with police escorts.

The truck drivers are showing unity in the face of this plot and controlling a long slate of major roads, not allowing state-associated drivers create rifts in their protesting ranks and files. Iranian regime officials in Isfahan are seen stripping protesting truck drivers of their licenses.

All the while, on Friday minibus drivers in Shiraz and Yazd joined the truck drivers’ strike, protesting high spare parts prices and low wages.

Taxi drivers in a number of cities across Iran are also expressing solidarity with their fellow driver colleagues.

One major outcome has been a long slate of gas stations in Tehran and other cities facing severe shortages, as fuel truck drivers continue their protests. Some gas stations are completely closed and others are only providing super gasoline. Those gas stations with gasoline are scenes of long ques.

Many customs stations are also half closed and the country’s import/export process is facing major difficulties.

Nonetheless, people are holding the Iranian regime responsible for the status quo as officials refuse to provide for the truck drivers’ rightful demands.

Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi has praised Iran’s hard-working truck drivers who are protesting for their minimum rights, calling on all Iranians to show their support.

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