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Truck drivers across Iran are continuing their nationwide strike and marking the 15th consecutive day on Sunday. The truckers’ strike, beginning on September 23rd, has spread to over 310 cities across Iran.
Reports indicate Iranian regime authorities have to this day arrested around 250 of the protesting drivers. Despite these repressive measures and other threats, the truck drivers are braving all odds and continuing their strike and protests.
The loading station in Ahvaz of Khuzestan Province, in southwest Iran, remain closed, sources say.
The Ahvaz Steel Industries warehouse remains full of goods as truckers continue their strike in all of the country’s 31 provinces.
Maryam Rajavi, President of the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), sent a message hailing the truckers’ nationwide strike and encouraging to continue their protests as their movement enters its third week.
A truck driver from Urmia in northwest Iran says the loading station was completely empty without a single driver. Normally, a large number of trucks would be seen taking on new loads. All drivers are on strike, he says, and none are accepting any new loads.
Another driver in the New Shapur district of Isfahan, central Iran, says he and all his colleagues are on strike. All the drivers are rallying outside the city loading station.
The petrochemical site in the city of Bojnord reports all drivers are strike.
In Zanjan, northwest Iran, all the truck drivers are on strike at the local loading station and not showing any signs of backing down.
In Aligudarz, western Iran, none of the drivers have accepted a new load and remain fully committed to the nationwide strike.
In Mahalat, central Iran, nearly 200 to 300 trucks with their flat-beds are parked as their drivers remain loyal to the nationwide protest movement and strike.
Saturday signaled the 14th consecutive day of this strike launched by thousands of truck drivers, protesting low paychecks, skyrocketing prices for spare parts and tires, and authorities refusing to respond to the truckers’ righteous demands.
This strike, despite all the obstacles, has been able to continue in the face of numerous threats and plots launched by Iranian regime authorities.
The truckers were specifically seen continuing their strike in the cities of Shiraz, Bushehr, Isfahan, Assad Abad, Borujen, Kashan, Khorramabad, Tehran, Bandar Abbas, Malayer, Saveh, Yazd, Mobarakeh, Fouladshahr, Zanjan and Hamedan.
In Bushsher, southern Iran, the unloading process for ships has been disrupted severely due to the truckers’ ongoing strike.
The Iranian truckers’ nationwide strike has gained media coverage in the United States, Canada, Australia and a variety of Arabic outlets.
A female driver has joined the truckers’ strike and sent a message calling on all her colleagues to continue their protests until their demands are fully met.
An Iranian woman truck driver
In Najaf Abad of Isfahan Province in central Iran the protesting truck drivers intended to form a column in a show of their strong will to continue this strike. Local police, however, blocked their path and prevented any such measures.
In Ahvaz, industrial steel warehouses are full and no truck are available to transfer them to their end locations.
On Friday, authorities dispatched 20 plainclothes agents to a loading station in Bandar Abbas, southern Iran, to claim truck drivers have ended their strike. However, the protesting truck drivers quickly foiled this plot by taking their own footage of the same loading station to show the site being empty and prove that the truckers are continuing their strike.
Despite all the pressures and threats resorted to by Iranian regime authorities, the strike has currently spread to more than 310 cities in all of Iran’s 31 provinces.
For two weeks now truck drivers in over 300 cities across Iran have been continuing their nationwide protests. Strikes, protests and the all-out uprising in Iran has transformed into an ongoing movement, placing its impacts on the country’s political spectrum on a daily basis.
During the past few days, despite threats and other measures resorted to by the authorities, and despite the fact that over 170 protesting drivers have been arrested, in addition to all the difficulties for those bravely joining this strike, the courageous truck drivers of Iran are continuing their protest movement, showing no sign of succumbing to the regime’s demands.
This strike, following the major Dec/Jan uprising across the country, and the major protests witnessed in August, is the third round of a nationwide movement engulfing the entire country in the past eight months alone.
It is worth noting that workers, teachers and other employees of various branches of Iran’s society are legally forbidden to establish their own independent syndicates or unions. Despite this important shortage, we continue to witness the truckers launch yet another round of nationwide protests in the past five months, protesting the plundering witnessed by the regime’s authorities.
Iranian regime officials are seen resorting to threats, intimidation and crackdown, in their attempt to canvas this issue as a security matter that shakes the regime’s pillars and demands drastic measures by the authorities to put down this movement.
Col. Kavous Mohammadi, a police deputy of Fars Province in south-central Iran, described the protesting drivers on strike as “disruptors” of order. In a TV interview aired on September 29th, he went on to say 22 drivers were arrested for disrupting order and security in the country’s roads.
Head of the so-called judiciary in Fars Province has accused the protesting truckers of “corruption on Earth,” a vaguely worded accusation that can be interpreted to pursue the regime’s interests.
Again, these measures have failed to cause any fear among the courageous truck drivers.
The truck drivers’ strike has gained the support of international bodies, including the International Transportation Workers Federation. This entity has voiced extreme concerns over the arrest of the protesting drivers. ITF specifically announces its solidarity and stands alongside Iran’s drivers in their struggle to realize their rights.
This new round of the truck drivers’ protests has significantly highlighted a few specific characteristics, including:
Protests and strikes by people from all walks of life has transformed into a political-economic crisis directly targeting Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
The truckers’ continuing strike enjoys the support of farmers, teachers, and college students. Many people across Iran feel sympathy with the truckers, understanding the pains they’re going through.
Poverty has spread throughout the society at such a rate that people literally feel they have nothing to lose.
The ruling regime can no longer provide for the public’s needs and cannot take any steps forwards.
As a result, the regime’s resorting to threats, intimidation, arrests and even possible executions will no longer downgrade the protests seen launched by truck drivers today and people from all walks of life throughout Iran.
Iran, Oct. 1, 2018 – The truck drivers’ nationwide strike in Iran entered its 9th consecutive day on Monday, spreading to new cities and the four corners of the country. Despite the fact that Iranian regime authorities arrested over 120 of the protesting drivers, parallel to the mullahs’ judiciary authorities and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) resorting to voicing verbal threats, the drivers are courageously continuing their strike and paying no attention to the regime’s threatening measures.
The nationwide strike of the truckers, entering its second week, is intensifying the crisis inside the clerical regime whose leaders are increasingly horrified from its continuation and spread. In this regard, Iranian regime attorney general Mohammad Jafar Montazeri is now threatening to execute the strikers.
“According to the information we have, in some routes, some of the cities, there are elements who are provoking some of the truckers, or possibly blocking them and creating problems for them. They are subject to the rules and regulations of banditry and the punishment of the bandits according to the law is very severe, sometimes resulting in the death penalty,” he said on September 29th as cited by Iranian regime state media.
At the same time, Ali al-Qasimehr, the chief justice of the Fars Province, accused the strikers of “corruption on earth,” and IRGC Brigadier General Mohammad Sharafi, one of the commanders of State Security Forces, threatened the protesters with harsh action.
However, two days earlier, the Fars Province Transportation Director General had called the strike of truck drivers as rumors.
“It’s been a few days that rumors about truck drivers’ strike have been circulating in the media and cyberspace. This misuse of the opponents from the needs of the truck drivers to create crisis in the country is clear for every Iranian,” he sais, as reported by the IRGC-affiliated Fars news agency.
IRGC Colonel Kavos Mohammadi, a deputy of the Fars provincial police force, described the strikers as “disrupters of the order.”
“Following the disrupting acts of some of these people on the roads of Fars … After the visible and invisible patrol of officers, 22 thugs and disrupters of public order on the roads were arrested and, after filing a case, they were sent to the judiciary authorities and through them to the prisons. Police will deal with sensitivity and vigilance with the smallest insecurity factors in coordination with the judiciary, and the process of confronting with the disrupters of order and security of the roads and axes of Fars province will continue on a daily basis. The police monitor and control all the roads in this province, visibly and invisibly, and resolutely deal with all elements of disrupters of order and security in these areas,” he explained to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, saluted the strikers throughout Iran, describing the vindictive threats of the clerics against the dignified and hardworking drivers as a reflection of the growing crisis of the clerical regime, and said that the ruling mullahs were the biggest thieves in the history of Iran, and that they neither want nor can respond to legitimate demands of striking drivers.
She called on all human rights organizations to take action to release the arrested and urged the general public, especially the youth, to support the strikers. She added that realization of these demands is only possible with the establishment of democracy and people’s sovereignty. A regime that threatens to execute its working people due to a strike must be rejected by the international community.
Strikes and protests across Iran are heading towards a final and determining end that is very near in sight. Launching their third round of strikes, truck drivers across the country are demanding what is rightfully theirs.
The mullahs’ regime ruling Iran, however, has always resorted to bogus promises and lacks the capacity to live up to the drivers’ demands. We are entering the stage where the commoners can no longer tolerate the regime and the rich few lack the capacity to take any action.
The truck drivers’ last round of strike was witnessed during the July/August period. In these September strikes, 157 cities across all of Iran’s 31 provinces witnessed truck drivers joining this strike on only the second day of this latest round of protests. This movement expanded to 210 cities on the fifth day of protests on Thursday and the country’s main loading stations are reported to be closed down.
Latest reports indicate fuel truck drivers working in refineries in cities such as Tabriz, Kerman, Bandar Abbas, Arak, Kazerun, Qazvin, Sari, Ahvaz and Abhar are joining this nationwide movement. Truckers in Karaj, west fo Tehran, also announced their solidarity and vowed to remain on strike until their demands are met.
The state-run IRNA news agency cites Jamal Hamidi, director of the loading station in Bandar Khomeini of Khuzestan Province (southwest Iran) saying, “On Sunday, most truck drivers at the loading station went on strike. While 2,000 trucks are active in this loading station each day, only 300 accepted to load any goods on Sunday.”
News and reports on this developing movement vividly indicate the vast proportions of this nationwide strike and the strong will seen in the drivers to remain steadfast in the face of lies and thefts witnessed in the entire mullahs’ regime apparatus.
On the other hand, the truckers’ demands indicate how they’re barely making ends meet. The expenses of their professions leaves them with very little profit to live on. The Iranian regime’s Road & Transportation Ministry, like all other entities, is under the mullahs’ strict control and their main objective is none other than safeguarding the ruling regime’s interests. They spare no energy or effort to facilitate or support the people’s lives and minimum necessities.
The truckers began this latest round of protests on September 22nd, seeking the demands their long-stated demands:
– Restructuring the truckers’ guild through free elections
– Specifying base charges according to “tons per kilometer”
– Decrease in truck prices
– Providing spare parts and tires through government rated currency (42,000 rials per U.S dollar)
– Increasing drivers’ salaries and a 35% increase of transfer rates
– Increasing retirement pensions, especially considering skyrocketing inflation and prices
– Increasing road safety and security
– Supervision over fees demanded by transportation companies
– Decreasing commissions for loads and renovating the truck fleet
– Providing fuel rations for transportation trucks and providing this fuel on a permanent basis to the drivers and truck owners
– Decreasing highway tolls
– Controlling the process of load terminals
– Providing health and recreational facilitation for the drivers at city and border loading stations
– Punishing authorities that bribe the drivers
It is worth noting that the drivers righteous and necessary demands, and the suffering they undergo has gained the attention and support of international organizations for their strike and protests.
The truck drivers’ protests signal the potential of the entire Iranian society to rise in protest against the regime. This wave of protests will not be stopped and will only continue to grow.
We are in a period that the poor will no longer tolerate the status quo and the rich few can’t do anything. These protests, each resembling a center of anger and demands for change, are signaling an end to the ruling mullahs’ regime.
The main opposition to the Iranian regime, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) and other associated groups are expanding their activities across Iran. Their calls for regime change are getting louder and louder despite the grave danger that they are putting themselves into. Dissidents and political opponents in Iran face the harshest of punishments. Not only do they risk arrest, torture, imprisonment and even execution, but the lives of their families are also at risk.
The regime has long considered being a member or supporter of the PMOI / MEK as being worthy of the death penalty. In the past, even people with loose affiliations to the PMOI / MEK have been executed.
In the following video, members of Resistance units in Tehran can be seen putting up posters in support of the opposition. The posters include the photo of Massoud Rajavi – the leader of the Iranian Resistance. They pledge to continue fighting against the clerical regime and declare that they are going to respond to fire with fire.
In the north-western part of the country, specifically in Zanjan, members of local resistance units also put up posters in which they promise to continue battling against the regime until it is finally overthrown. They too pledged to continue playing a role in the struggle.
In the following video, we can see posters in favour of the PMOI / MEK sitting on the windscreen of a number of cars in Iran’s capital city, Tehran. Many of the posters included messages saying that the Supreme Leader of Iran – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – will one day be overthrown.
In Qazvin, in the north-western part of the country, more members of the Resistance movement have pointed out that the mullahs’ regime is using religion to preserve itself so that it can stay in power for longer.
In Tehran, members of a group called the Resistance Unit 777 were seen standing in a crowd proclaiming to continue the fight for freedom against the clerical regime.
Another tactic that has been used in the country is to put graffiti in the cities to spread the message of solidarity between members of the Resistance. In this video, members of certain Resistance units wrote slogans in graffiti across the city of Shiraz in the south-central part of the country.
The Resistance is tirelessly and selflessly working towards the greater good of freedom, democracy, equality and human rights for the people of Iran. The personal cost of their involvement is unimaginable to most people who have not lived under clerical rule.
Many members of the Resistance have personally experienced the violent oppression of the mullahs’ regime. Others have had family members or friends that have been killed or imprisoned in Iran. Others quite simply want to see an end to the clerical rule that is destroying the great country of Iran.
The people’s desire for change is great and if regime change could come from the will of the people alone, the regime would have toppled years ago.
Iran, Sept. 18, 2018 – With each passing day protest rallies are mushrooming on a more frequent basis across Iran.
Clients of the Caspian credit firm, associated to the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), rallied outside the Central Bank on Monday and closed the Mirdamad Avenue. They were heard protesting and complaining about their savings being stolen.
In Rasht, northern Iran, another such rally was held again by Caspian clients also demanding their savings returned.
“In an Islamic country, we have raised our complaints for two years, with no one listening”
Also in Rasht, retired workers of the Iran Poplin factories held a rally demanding their due paychecks and protesting delays in this regard. They were also complaining how stock owners have yet to receive their profits.
In Kuhdasht of Lorestan Province in western Iran a number of locals were seen rallying outside the city’s mayor office and Road & Construction Department protesting water shortages and very poor road conditions.
In an interview with One America Network, Ali Safavi, a member of the Iranian opposition coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), sheds light on the opposition movement’s role inside the country ongoing protests throughout Iran and the foreign policy the Trump administration can take in regards to Tehran’s mullahs.
“Obviously, the protests that you see now are the continuation of the major nationwide uprisings that erupted back in December and January in 142 cities. The main reason is the fact that the Iranian regime has been unable to address the many demands of the Iranian people. The economy is on the verge of bankruptcy,” Safavi explained.
The Iranian people are now seeking regime change and the mullahs are fearful of this very savvy nation. Over 44 million people in Iran are active on the popular messaging app, Telegram, and becoming more informed about news from throughout the country and across the globe. This is breaking the barriers imposed by the mullahs’ regime and allowing dissidents to coordinate their anti-regime protests.
Iranian protesters are also very angry over the mullahs’ foreign policy of providing over $100 billion propping the Assad regime in Syria, hundreds of millions of dollars each year to fund the terrorist Lebanese Hezbollah group, financial and military assistance to sectarian Shiite militias in Iraq, Safavi explained, adding the importance of Washington vocally supporting the ongoing protests in Iran.
“To the extent that the [Trump] administration pursues a firm and decisive policy against the mullahs of Iran, I think that sends an encouraging signal to the people of Iran. If the Iranian people see on the international level there is support for their aspiration and that there is an attempt to deny the Iranian regime the means with which it suppresses its own people and foments chaos through the Middle East, they would be encouraged and they would be emboldened,” Safavi added.
The PMOI/MEK network inside Iran has been actively establishing “Resistance Units” and heavily focused on organizing these protests. Young men and women are leading the demonstrations against the regime, and literally connect the variety of opposition pockets together in the struggle against the mullahs.
Iran, Sep. 3, 2018 – Truck drivers across various cities throughout Iran are on strike, protesting low wages and skyrocketing prices of spare parts. This is yet another round of such protests in Iran and has always delivered crushing blows to the mullahs’ apparatus.
In Zarrinshahr a protest rally was held by the truckers who parked their vehicles at the loading station.
Zarrinshahr truckers on strike – Iran
On Saturday, intelligence operatives were reported to have threatened the truck drivers, saying they have no right to even leave their own houses.
Intelligence and plainclothes agents were enforcing enormous pressure on truck drivers at the city’s loading station, threatening them in their attempt to prevent another strike by the drivers.
Truck drivers in the city of Shapour near Isfahan went on strike on Sunday and held a rally after parking all their vehicles. These drivers are protesting low wages and increasingly expensive spare parts.
On Saturday, drivers from a variety of cities across Iran were seen protesting and staging a coordinated strike.
Truck drivers in Tehran’s Nasim loading station, and in the cities of Gorgan and Mehran, all also launched their strike. These drivers were protesting and on strike in response to a call placed by the Drivers’ Coordinating Union.
In Tehran, drivers parked their vehicles and refused to accept any new loads.
In Gorgan, the drivers blocked a highway with their vehicles and held a protest rally.
Transit drivers in Mehran, a city in southwest Iran bordering Iraq, refused to transfer their loads to Iraqi drivers and held a protest rally in a local loading station.
Truck drivers in the western city of SarpolZahab went on strike and parked their vehicles, protesting low wages and regime officials’ refusal to provide solutions to their issues.
Reports from the city of Sarakhs in northeast Iran indicate the loading station is closed and transit drivers were on strike. This strike is in response to officials’ refusal to address the truck drivers’ demands and their problems remaining unresolved.
Following the truck drivers’ strike and a severe shortage of fuel in various parts of Sistan&Baluchistan Province in southeast Iran, on Saturday vehicles were seen forming long ques at gas stations in the city of Saravan.
This shows the powerful impact of truck drivers’ strike on the mullahs’ regime.
Iranian communities’ global conference upholds 30th anniversary of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners
A global video conference was held by Iranian communities on Saturday, August 25, 2018, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran upon Khomeini’s decree for the genocide in 1988. The conference connected 20 cities in France, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Romania and Canada. A number of political dignitaries attended and addressed the conference where members and representatives of Iranian communities in Europe and Canada participated and delivered speeches. A number of eyewitnesses to the massacre and former political prisoners also testified at this event.
The conference started with remarks by Maryam Rajavi, honoring the heroes of 1988 and elaborating on their impact as an inspiration to the steadfastness of the organized Iranian Resistance for freedom and nationwide uprisings in Iran. Following…