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Merchants in several Iranian cities go on strike

Reported by PMOI/MEK

 

Iran, Oct. 8, 2018 - On Monday, merchants in several Iranian cities went on strike and refused to open for business in an extension of ongoing protests against the regime of Tehran. The strike, which was preplanned and widely distributed across social media channels, is in protest to increasing prices and high inflation rates.

 

 

Oct 8-Tebriz, Iran-Bazaar merchants joining the nationwide strike

Oct 8-Tebriz, Iran-Bazaar merchants are joining the nationwide strike

 

According to reports obtained by the PMOI/MEK network inside Iran, until noon local time, markets in at least 45 cities had joined the strike. But towards the end of the day the number of cities on strike surpassed the 50 mark.

 

 

 

 

The protest movement comprises some of Iran’s major cities including in Mashhad, Tabriz, Kermanshah, Gorgan, Zanjan, Baneh, Marivan, Tabriz, Sanandaj, Saqqez, Abadan, Urumiyeh, Zahedan, Arak, Kerman, Isfahan, Qom, Qazvin, and Sardasht.

 

 

 

Oct 8-Tebriz, Iran-Bazaar merchants joining the nationwide strike

Oct 8-Tebriz, Iran-Street shopowners join the nationwide strike

 

In Tehran, the grand bazar (Bazar-e Bozorg), Sirus bazar, Satarkhan and the markets of West Tehran have joined the strike as well.

 

 

Oct 8-Saghez, Iran-Bazaar merchants joining the nationwide strike

Oct 8-Saghez, Iran-Bazaar merchants are joining the nationwide strike

 

Oct 8-Sanandaj, Iran-Bazaar merchants joining the nationwide strike

Oct 8-Sanandaj, Iran-Bazaar merchants are joining the nationwide strike

 

 

Videos obtained from inside Iran show long rows of shops closed down. The merchants’ strikes is happening in parallel to another ongoing strike by Iran’s truck drivers, which has spread to more than 318 cities and all 31 provinces of Iran cities in the past weeks. The regime’s security forces have threatened to punish business owners who go on strike but haven’t been able to contain the intensifying wave of strikes. According to local reports, in Kermanshah, the governor has begged the merchants to reopen their shops, to no avail.

 

Oct 8-Sanandaj, Iran-shopowners are joining the nationwide strike

Oct 8-Sanandaj, Iran-shopowners are joining the nationwide strike

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), saluted the truckers and merchants of Iran, and stipulated that “The only solution is to end the mullahs’ tyrannical rule and establish democracy and popular sovereignty.”

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 8-Tabriz, Iran-Bazaar merchants are joining the nationwide strike

Oct 8-Tabriz, Iran-Bazaar merchants are joining the nationwide strike

In December, economic grievances and government corruption triggered nationwide demonstrations that quickly turned into anti-government protests and demand for regime change. Since then, protests and strikes have continued.

 

 

Oct 8-Vakilabad Mashhad, Iran-Bazaar merchants joining the nationwide strike

Oct 8-Vakilabad Mashhad, Iran-Street merchants are joining the nationwide strike

 

 

After today’s success, the organizers of the strikes called on fellow merchants across the country to join for another round of strikes tomorrow. Recent months have shown that members of different communities and industries across the country are becoming more organized and meticulous in their protests, and their every movement quickly takes on nationwide scale and expansion.

More clips from new cities joining the nationwide Bazaar and merchants strike are provided for viewers

https://youtu.be/mBsd5dKPX9Y

https://youtu.be/rUOTdyBwaxM

https://youtu.be/LDFQ3nQvmuo

https://youtu.be/Dntjpa-bEnQ

https://youtu.be/9zfUuttrJ3E

https://youtu.be/e7V6q8aHHnc

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