Report preared by PMOI/MEK
Iran, April 27, 2018 -- Store-owners and bazaar merchants from Kermanshah, western Iran, to Maku in the northwest, are on a general strike protesting policies imposed by the Iranian regime.
From April 14th to this day a slate of different Kurdish cities in the provinces of Kermanshah, Kurdistan and West Azerbaijan have been on strike. This initiative is gaining momentum as we speak. Today marks the 13th day of this protest that is becoming tantamount to a nationwide movement.
The Iranian regime’s policies of closing borders with Iraq in these provinces are leading to significant recession in the market and leaving the local population desperate to even make ends meet, according to protesting merchants and store-owners. Families, including their children, were seen joining the protests in Baneh as a rally took place outside the local governor’s office.
Children held signs reading:
“Daddy doesn’t have bread”
“We have no food”
“I am a porter and porters are hungry”
Iran’s authorities are desperately taking measures to quell this rally. On April 18th, Saeed Jalili, a member of the Supreme National Security Council and known to have close relations with Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, paid a visit to the city of Baneh. This former member of Iran’s nuclear-negotiating team failed in his attempt to begin talks and negotiations actually aimed at merely silencing the angry protesters. People were seen protesting and leaving the mosque where he first delivered a speech.
A young man by the name of Yadegar Sadeghi told Jalili, “When my wife and son are hungry, I will be taking action against all of you, including all ranks and file of the Intelligence Ministry.”
This organization is highly loathed among the Iranian population. While authorities arrested this brave protester the next day, continuing demonstrators forced local officials to order his release.
These protests and sweeping strikes in Iran’s western provinces are continuing to this day, affecting the lives millions of people.
It is worth noting the very roots of these protests, being economic hardships imposed by the regime’s destructive policies and systematic plundering, resulted in the December 2017/January 2018 uprising that shook the Iranian regime’s very pillars
Tehran is showing no signs of being able to tackle these dilemmas and the people, with nothing to lose, will continue their rallies.