Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, Sept. 28, 2018 - Strikes and protests across Iran are heading towards a final and determining end that is very near in sight. Launching their third round of strikes, truck drivers across the country are demanding what is rightfully theirs.
The mullahs’ regime ruling Iran, however, has always resorted to bogus promises and lacks the capacity to live up to the drivers’ demands. We are entering the stage where the commoners can no longer tolerate the regime and the rich few lack the capacity to take any action.
The truck drivers’ last round of strike was witnessed during the July/August period. In these September strikes, 157 cities across all of Iran’s 31 provinces witnessed truck drivers joining this strike on only the second day of this latest round of protests. This movement expanded to 210 cities on the fifth day of protests on Thursday and the country’s main loading stations are reported to be closed down.
Latest reports indicate fuel truck drivers working in refineries in cities such as Tabriz, Kerman, Bandar Abbas, Arak, Kazerun, Qazvin, Sari, Ahvaz and Abhar are joining this nationwide movement. Truckers in Karaj, west fo Tehran, also announced their solidarity and vowed to remain on strike until their demands are met.
#Iran— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) September 28, 2018
Sixth day of truck drivers continuing their nationwide strike protesting:
-High spare parts prices
-Authorities refusing to respond to their demands
Isfahan - Qazvin - Karaj - Shahr-e Kord - Zanjan - Khorasan Razavi Province#IranProtests pic.twitter.com/YAbw2eEce2
The state-run IRNA news agency cites Jamal Hamidi, director of the loading station in Bandar Khomeini of Khuzestan Province (southwest Iran) saying, “On Sunday, most truck drivers at the loading station went on strike. While 2,000 trucks are active in this loading station each day, only 300 accepted to load any goods on Sunday.”
News and reports on this developing movement vividly indicate the vast proportions of this nationwide strike and the strong will seen in the drivers to remain steadfast in the face of lies and thefts witnessed in the entire mullahs’ regime apparatus.
On the other hand, the truckers’ demands indicate how they’re barely making ends meet. The expenses of their professions leaves them with very little profit to live on. The Iranian regime’s Road & Transportation Ministry, like all other entities, is under the mullahs’ strict control and their main objective is none other than safeguarding the ruling regime’s interests. They spare no energy or effort to facilitate or support the people’s lives and minimum necessities.
The truckers began this latest round of protests on September 22nd, seeking the demands their long-stated demands:
- Restructuring the truckers’ guild through free elections
- Specifying base charges according to “tons per kilometer”
- Decrease in truck prices
- Providing spare parts and tires through government rated currency (42,000 rials per U.S dollar)
- Increasing drivers’ salaries and a 35% increase of transfer rates
- Increasing retirement pensions, especially considering skyrocketing inflation and prices
- Increasing road safety and security
- Supervision over fees demanded by transportation companies
- Decreasing commissions for loads and renovating the truck fleet
- Providing fuel rations for transportation trucks and providing this fuel on a permanent basis to the drivers and truck owners
- Decreasing highway tolls
- Controlling the process of load terminals
- Providing health and recreational facilitation for the drivers at city and border loading stations
- Punishing authorities that bribe the drivers
Sep 27 - #Iran— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) September 27, 2018
Truckers continuing their nationwide protests in over 160 cities across the country.
Isfahan - Sabzevar - Zarrinshahr - Shahr-e Kord - Yazd - Mobarakeh - Naeen#IranProtests pic.twitter.com/GFJfZXNPPW
It is worth noting that the drivers righteous and necessary demands, and the suffering they undergo has gained the attention and support of international organizations for their strike and protests.
The truck drivers’ protests signal the potential of the entire Iranian society to rise in protest against the regime. This wave of protests will not be stopped and will only continue to grow.
We are in a period that the poor will no longer tolerate the status quo and the rich few can’t do anything. These protests, each resembling a center of anger and demands for change, are signaling an end to the ruling mullahs’ regime.