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Iran’s truckers continuing strike for three weeks

Truckers on strike in Urmia, northwest Iran
Truckers on strike in Urmia, northwest Iran

Reported by PMOI/MEK

 

Iran, Oct. 13, 2018 - Truck drivers across Iran are remaining steadfast on their nationwide strike into Saturday, marking the 21st consecutive day.

Reports indicate regime officials in the Ministry of Road & Construction have been forced to give in to one of the truckers demands. Transfer fees on loads inside the country will be based on the ton/kilometers standard demanded by the drivers.

This paying system has been one of the protesting drivers’ main demands during the past three weeks in their protest movement.

Sources in the cities of Yazd and Sabzevar reported truckers not backing down on their demands despite various deceptive measures by authorities.

Protesting drivers were also seen rallying on the highway from Sabzevar to Mashhad in northeast Iran. They were seen stopping truckers on the road and having them join their strike.

Authorities dispatched the police and took repressive action against the protesting truck drivers. However, the drivers relentlessly continued their rally and protest at the scene.

 

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Reports indicate this protest movement continuing in various cities including Isfahan, Zarrin Shahr, Rumeshgan, Kermanshah, Shahr-e Kord, and Sirjan.

A significant portion of the steel production line in Mobarakeh of Isfahan Province in central Iran has closed down as a result of the truckers’ strike.

The Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the mullahs’ intelligence apparatus are concerned over this initiative expanding to other branches of Iran’s already powder keg society. Taking measures to prevent this very possible expansion, the IRGC and other regime entities are sending out threatening messages in social media.

In other developments, the drivers’ syndicate in Denmark, with 50,000 members, have announced their solidarity with Iranian trucker drivers’ strike.

 Iran’s hardworking truck drivers continued their nationwide strike, marking the 19th consecutive day on Thursday.

Truck drivers in the cities of Ardabil (northwest Iran) and Mobarakeh (central) held rallies at the local loading stations, protesting skyrocketing prices for spare parts and low paychecks.

During Wednesday’s protests, drivers and truck owners in Isfahan’s New Shapur district held a protest march outside the loading station’s city office.

Truckers in Isfahan, central Iran, were rallying early Wednesday morning, seeking answers to their rightful demands, including an increase in their paychecks and authorities providing the spare parts they need.

 

Truck drivers protest against the regimes policies of the high cost of spare parts and tires

Truck drivers protest against the policies of the regime of the high cost of spare parts and tires

 

Truck drivers in Zarrin Shahr near Isfahan also held a protest rally in one of the city’s squares.

In the city of Mobarakeh, truckers were seen rallying outside the mayor’s office.

 

Truck drivers in Isfahan protest against the high cost of spare parts and tires and low transportation fees

Truck drivers in Isfahan protest against the high cost of spare parts and tires and low transportation fees

 

 

Truck drivers hold a banner that reads the high cost of spare parts are breaking the backs of the drivers

Truck drivers hold a banner that reads the high cost of spare parts are breaking the backs of the drivers

 

 

 

Truck drivers gather to protest the high cost of spare parts

Truck drivers gather to protest the high cost of spare parts

 

 

Deutsche Welle has covered the continuing strike, emphasizing more truck drivers have been arrested and face “severe punishment.” Prior to this reports also showed store-owners launching a strike in dozens of cities in solidarity with the truckers. Authorities had dispatched a high number of security forces in fear of strikes turning into protests.

 

Truck drivers protest in Mobarakeh, the suburb of Isfahan

Truck drivers protest in Mobarakeh, the suburb of Isfahan

 

On Tuesday, head of the judiciary in Kermanshah Province, western Iran, said ten individuals had been arrested on charges of “disturbing” the truck drivers.

“Severe measures will be taken against the suspects if these measures continue,” said Mohammad Reza Edalatkhah, according to the state-run ILNA news agency. He also warned those “disrupting the roads” to stop their actions.

 

Truck drivers protest in Mobarakeh, a suburb of Isfahan

Truck drivers protest in Mobarakeh, a suburb of Isfahan

 

“If anyone causes any disturbances, such as throwing rocks that may result in the driver wielding off the road or be hurt, and if, God forbid, the driver loses his life, this can be considered as an act of murder for the individual hurling the rock,” he added.

Mohsen Karami, a caretaker of the Qazvin prosecutor’s office in northwest Iran, said 17 individuals had been arrested in this province, adding they had “assaulted” the truck drivers.

“Based on our duty, we will be requesting the utmost punishment for these individuals. If they are found to be guilty of moharebeh (war against God), they will be facing severe punishment, such as execution… Most of these incidents are considered psychological warfare aimed at disrupting the country’s peace while there are no such protests in reality.”

Following the truckers’ protest movement, the mullahs’ regime has been forced to transfer fuel with the rail network.

In an attempt to save face, head of the Oil Products Distribution Department in Fars Province of south-central Iran said in this regard, “Transferring fuel with tanker trucks is very dangerous. That is why in this province we have decided to transfer these oil products with trains.”

 

 

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