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Iran’s regime forced to downgrade jail sentences for Haft Tapeh arrestees

Haft Tapeh workers holding a protest rally in Shush, Khuzestan Province, southwest Iran (File Photo)
Haft Tapeh workers holding a protest rally in Shush, Khuzestan Province, southwest Iran (File Photo)

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, September 10, 2019—Jail sentences totaling up to 110 years for seven individuals arrested during protests held by workers of the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane industrial complex workers have become a major embarrassment for the mullahs’ regime in Iran, forcing them to scale down on this decision.

On Saturday, September 7, the mullahs’ judiciary, chaired by Ebrahim Raisi, sentenced these seven individuals arrested to six to 18 years behind bars. They include Sanaz Elahiari, Sepideh Gholian, Asal Mohammadi, Ami Amirgholi, Esmaeel Bakhshi, Mohammad Khoneifar and Amir Hossein Mohammadi Far.

The Haft Tapeh sugar cane workers have launched numerous protest campaigns and strikes to voice their demands of delayed paychecks, and protest other plundering policies imposed by regime officials and insiders that aim only to fill their own pockets at the expense of these workers and their innocent families.

Following these recent jail sentences, accumulating up to 110 years, the mullahs’ regime found itself facing a wave of widespread protests. To prevent this latest movement from transforming into various demonstrations and an uprising, the mullahs’ have been forced into downgrading their harsh decision. Raisi, who has very close relations with Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and is known for his role in the atrocious summer 1988 massacre, has issued an order for a second evaluation of these sentences.

 

Education workers protesting in Tabriz

Education workers protesting in Tabriz

 

In other protest news from Iran, clients of the education workers union in Tabriz, northwest Iran, representing 1,300 other members, held a rally on Monday, September 9, protesting the unclarified status of the Be’sat housing project after 18 years. These protesters had provided down payments to purchase homes and have yet to receive any answers from these project officials.

 

Site of the Kani Seeb dam project in Piranshahr, western Iran

Site of the Kani Seeb dam project in Piranshahr, western Iran

 

In the city of Piranshahr, Kurdistan Province, western Iran, employees of the Kani Seeb dam project held a protest rally on Monday demanding paychecks that have been delayed for the past four months. Delayed payments are a regular cause of labor protests in Iran.

 

In the city of Chabahar, Sistan & Baluchistan Province, southeast Iran, a group of fishermen along with a number of locals held a rally on Monday at the Ramin port protesting measures by authorities preventing them from delivering fuel with their boats to this port. Such practices are one of the main sources of income for these very poor locals that have been constantly deprived by the mullahs’ regime during the past four decades.

Fishermen and locals holding a protest rally at a port in Chabahar, Sistan & Baluchistan Province, southeast Iran

Fishermen and locals holding a protest rally at a port in Chabahar, Sistan & Baluchistan Province, southeast Iran

 

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