Analysis by PMOI / MEK
Iran, Dec. 9, 2018 - Workers of Pegah Dairy Industries Company held their second protesting gathering on December 8, 2018, in front of the regime’s judiciary building. The workers had previously held demonstrations in September.
The workers held signs that read, “We the workers are ashamed to tell our children the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has seized our property.”
20 years ago, the company had handed over 150,000 cubic meters of land in Tehranpars district, eastern Tehran, to 700 Pegah Co. workers for residential purposes. Workers say that the land is what they have put their years of life on– the workers had sold many of their belongings during the past years in hope to have a roof above their head, but now they have to live in rental homes, losing a big share of their wages.
The Pegah workers have complained to the judicial system, but despite the judiciary’s verdict, the IRGC is refraining from forfeiting the land it had arbitrarily seized.
The IRGC itself is a self-run empire in the country under the thumb of the supreme leader Ali Khamenei. The IRGC has a green light to implement whatever it wants in the country ranging from seizing the lands, importing and shipment of goods to drug dealing etc. Hasan Rouhani, the regime’s president, increased the budget of the IRGC from $4.7 billion in 2017 to $7.6 billion in 2018. However, the IRGC has a free hand to do anything it wills and seize everything in the country to help the dictatorship avoid being toppled.