Iran: Workers of Haft Tappeh sugar mill go on strike again

Protests by workers of Haft Tapeh sugar mill, Khuzestan province

Protests by workers of Haft Tappeh sugar mill, Khuzestan province

Iran, January. 11, 2019 – On Thursday, the workers of Haft Tappeh sugar mill, located in Khuzestan province’s Shush city, went on strike and demonstrated in front of the offices of the managers of the company.

The workers held a gathering at the location of the factory and declared they would not be working because the company has not paid their salaries. The workers had said that if their demands are not met, they will go on strike and return to the streets of Shush for demonstrations. Come Thursday, they began their strike as promised.

It’s worth mentioning that the Iranian regime’s prosecutor’s office had previously declared that the workers’ paychecks for the month of November would be paid on Tuesday, January 8. But the prosecutor’s office later revoked its declaration and said there would be no payment before the sugarcane harvest enters the company’s stores.

The strike is taking place following a declaration made by a group of workers of Haft Tapeh. The organizers had called on their co-workers to protest in their workplaces and to go on strike if they don’t get their two-month-overdue paychecks.

Haft Tappeh is Iran’s largest sugarcane factory and employs thousands of workers in Khuzestan.

The workers of Haft Tappeh went on a month-long strike in November, demanding the payment of their overdue salaries and the removal of the company’s private owners, whose mismanagement and corrupt policies have caused the deterioration of work conditions for the factory’s workers.

During their protests, the workers of Haft Tappeh earned the support and respect of many communities and various segments of the Iranian society. The strike of Haft Tapeh also became strongly tied to the protests by the steel workers of Ahvaz, who had been striking for similar reasons.

Fearing the strike would trigger protests in other parts of the country, the Iranian regime cracked down on the protesters, arresting several of the workers and taking them to prison. Esmail Bakhshi, one of the representatives of the workers who was arrested and imprisoned by the Iranian regime’s security forces, recently published a detailed account of the tortures he was subjected to during his incarceration.

The Iranian regime has resorted to similar measures against the steel workers of Ahvaz. But without responding to the fundamental and basic needs of the workers, the regime has only managed to buy a limited amount of time for itself. As the resurgence of the protests of Haft Tapeh sugarcane workers shows, it is only a matter of time before the flame of protests will rise from under the ashes of repression.

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Iran: Thousands of Isfahan farmers protest water diversion, clash with riot police

Iran- 2000 farmers protesting in Isfahan on January 2, 2019

Iran, Jan. 2, 2019 – A large gathering of Isfahan farmers turned violent today after riot police attacked the peaceful protesters marching in the central province’s streets.

Around 2,000 farmers gathered this morning on Khaju Bridge in Isfahan to protest the diversion of Isfahan’s river to other provinces.

A large number of women were also among the protesters. Videos on social media showed Isfahan farmers chanting, “Today is a day of mourning because farmers have no livelihood”.

The farmers, who blame the government for water mismanagement and water scarcity which has all but destroyed their farmlands also chanted “shame on the deceitful government.” Riot police were dispatched to the area from the start of the gathering.

Videos from the gathering showed a large number of riot police on the scene with scuffles between police and the farmers. The farmers addressed the police and chanted, “Do not support the thieves”. The protesters also booed the police and chanted “bisharaf”, a Persian curse word meaning “dishonorable”.

Reports also indicated that riot police shot bullets in the air to disperse the protesters.

Background The Zayanderud River once watered this region, flowing down from the Zagros Mountains, through the city of Isfahan providing water for farming towns. But it dried up years ago.

Government policies have worsened the strain from drought and growing population. Authorities have increasingly built factories, sucking up large amounts of water. Water has also been diverted to other regions. “The water cycle has been annihilated.

The entire water of the river has been allocated to industry,” said an Isfahan environmental activist in July.

An Isfahan official who recently called the farmer’s plight a “catastrophe” said that some the people who were once wealthy, were currently so deprived and poverty stricken that they were covered by relief foundations such as the Emdad Foundation.

The representative of Falavarjan at the Isfahan Islamic Council blamed the farmers’ woes on the Ben-Brojen Plan, which incorporated providing a huge water supply to large industrial factories, the use of the water for other areas and many other decisions that resulted from mismanagement. Environmentalists have for years been setting off alarms about the threat of droughts in Iran which stems from mismanagement, the excessive use of groundwater sources, and the construction of a large number of dams primarily carried out by companies affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards Corps.

The latest official numbers say that in the provinces of Fars, South Khorasan and Isfahan, groundwater sources have dried up while dam reserves were 25 to 50% lower than last year.


Iran: 38th Day of Demonstration of Steel Workers Supported by Ahvaz Citizens Despite Dozens of Arrests and Repressive Measures

The arrest of representatives of Ahvaz Steel workers and protesters, which started last midnight (Sunday, December 16), continued on Monday, December 17. The number of detainees has reached dozens, the names of 31 of whom have been published so far.

At the same time, the mullahs’ regime had stationed repressive forces from the Ministry of Intelligence, riot police and forces affiliated with the IRGC and IRGC intelligence in various sensitive locations in Ahvaz so that workers could not continue their protests. However, the workers, despite the fact that they were surrounded by oppressive forces in some places, continued to demonstrate with slogans such as: “Imprisoned workers must be freed”.

Workers, being threatened by repressive forces, said they would continue their demonstrations until the release of the arrested and achieving their demands.
Workers and laborers from different parts of Iran, including the Tehran Bus Company workers’ syndicate and truck drivers in various parts of Iran, expressed their solidarity with Ahvaz workers and called for the immediate release of the detainees.

Saluting the brave and adamant workers of Ahvaz, the Iranian Resistance described the brutal and mass arrests on Sunday night and on Monday as indication of the frustration of religious fascism in the face of the strikes and protests of workers, and called on all workers and youth and students, especially in Ahvaz and Khuzestan, to support the striking workers of Ahvaz. It also called on international human rights and workers’ rights advocates and workers’ unions and syndicates in different countries to support the striking workers who are protesting for their basic rights, and to take necessary measures for the release of the arrestees.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
December 17, 2018

Iran: Strikes, protests reported in Tehran & across the country

Iran, Dec. 3, 2018 – As the regime ruling Iran faces increasing regional and global isolation, protests and strikes are escalating across the country, causing an even more concerning crisis for the mullahs’ regime.


Open University students rallying outside Rouhani’s office

A group of retired teachers from across Iran rallied in the capital, Tehran, on Sunday, protesting not receiving answers to their demands. Their gathering was held outside Rouhani’s office.

Minibus drivers were rallying outside Tehran’s City Council building, protesting unjust fines imposed on their line of work.


Tehran – Minibus drivers holding a protest rally outside the City Council building

A group of drivers of the Greater Tehran Bus Drivers Syndicate, and members of the Sepidar 2 and 3 housing projects, rallied outside the company office building demanding their houses after placing down payments.

In Hamedan, western Iran, taxi drivers launched a strike on Sunday protesting heavy tolls imposed on their line of work.


Hamedan – Taxi drivers on strike

High school students in Najaf Abad, central Iran, rallied on Sunday protesting poor educational programs, the addition of irrelevant books and criteria. Their gathering was held outside the city’s Education Department.


Najaf Abad – High school students protesting

Employees of the Bandar Shapour municipality in southern Iran held a protest rally demanding their delayed paychecks.

Bandar-e Khomeini – Municipality workers holding a protest rally

Bandar-e Khomeini – Municipality workers holding a protest rally

City rail workers of Ahvaz rallied for the second day on Sunday, protesting the fact that their paychecks have been delayed for 18 months. The workers were seen spreading symbolic table sheets on the ground to indicate they have nothing to eat.

Ahvaz – Second day of city railway workers’ protests

Ahvaz – Second day of city railway workers’ protests

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Sources from across Iran are continuing to report numerous protests and strikes by people from all walks of life.

In Kerman, clients of the Caspian credit firm, associated with the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), held a protest rally outside the company branch chanting:

“Where is the people’s money?”

“With all this embezzlement, where are the thieves heading?”

“Thieves are all hand in hand, closing the path of justice”

In Karaj, west of Tehran, personnel of the local Khomeini Hospital held a rally once again on Thursday, demanding their delayed pay checks.

In Sabzevar, northeast Iran, a group of Hakim Sabzevari University students held a gathering protesting intensive security atmosphere and crackdown measures on campus. The students are saying one of the university’s deputy deans is constantly opening more cases against student activists.

In Babol, northern Iran, clients of a regime-linked credit firm rallied on this day, demanding their stolen money returned. This gathering was held outside the city’s mayor office.

In Khorramabad, western Iran, municipality workers of the city’s third district held a protest rally demanding their pay checks that have been delayed for the past few months.

Haft Tappeh workers march towards regime courthouse

Workers gather in Ghanoun Blvd. in front of the prosecutor’s office

Iran, Nov. 19, 2018 – On Monday, the workers of Haft Tapeh sugar mill in Shush, southwest Iran, started their demonstration at the factory and marched toward the city proper. Today’s demonstration is in support for the representatives of protesters, who were arrested by the Iranian regime’s security forces yesterday. In the city, the workers gathered in front of the mayor’s office and protested to the arrest of their colleagues.

The workers of the Haft Tapeh Sugar Mill have been protesting for 15 days to unpaid wages and the transfer of the company from the private to the public sector. The protesters have been very vocal in their criticism of the corrupt policies of the Iranian regime and have received wide support from different communities across Iran.

On Sunday, at the end of the day’s protests, the security forces of the Iranian regime arrested the representatives of the protesting workers along with a number of the workers, and transferred them to the security police headquarters.

10:50 am local time: Workers gather in Ghanoun Blvd. in front of the prosecutor’s office.

The people of Shush gather to support the workers of Haft Tapeh and join their voices to those of the unprivileged workers.

The people of Shush gather to support the workers of Haft Tapeh and join their voices to those of the unprivileged workers.

10:30 am local time: The people of Shush gather to support the workers of Haft Tapeh and join their voices to those of the unprivileged workers.

Protesters are chanting: “Imprisoned workers must be freed!”

In an act of defiance to the regime’s attempt at intimidation and threats, protesters chanted: “Neither threats, nor prison no longer have any effect.”

9:30 am local time: The bazaar of Shush was shut down and different communities join the protesters of Haft Tapeh. A group of drivers from the Haft Tapeh Mohajer Agency expressed their support for the demands of the protesters of Haft Tapeh and the imprisoned protesters.

Different communities join the protesters of Haft Tapeh

Different communities join the protesters of Haft Tapeh

The enraged people are marching toward the courthouse of the Iranian regime to protest against the arrest and of their colleagues.

The enraged people are marching toward the courthouse of the Iranian regime to protest against the arrest and of their colleagues.

9:00 am local time: The enraged people of Shush and the workers of the Haft Tapeh Sugar Mill are marching toward the courthouse of the Iranian regime to protest against the arrest and imprisonment of their colleagues.

The enraged people are marching toward the courthouse of the Iranian regime to protest against the arrest and of their colleagues.

The enraged people are marching toward the courthouse of the Iranian regime to protest against the arrest and of their colleagues.

Below are some of the videos of people of Shush supporting the protesters of Haft Tapeh.

9:00 am local time: The people of Shush have joined the workers of Haft Tapeh in their protest in front of the mayor’s office.

8:00 am local time: Pictures of the 15th day of protests by the workers of Haft Tapeh Sugar Mill.

The 15th day of protests by the workers of Haft Tapeh Sugar Mill

The 15th day of protests by the workers of Haft Tapeh Sugar Mill

The 15th day of protests by the workers of Haft Tapeh Sugar Mill

The 15th day of protests by the workers of Haft Tapeh Sugar Mill

The 15th day of protests by the workers of Haft Tapeh Sugar Mill

The 15th day of protests by the workers of Haft Tapeh Sugar Mill

Haft Tapeh workers have gathered in front of the mayor’s

Haft Tapeh workers have gathered in front of the mayor’s

7:30 am local time: Haft Tapeh workers have gathered in front of the mayor’s office and chanting: “Death to the anti-worker regime.”

Workers have gathered in front of the mayor’s office and are chanting: “Imprisoned workers must be freed.”

7:15 am local time: Workers have gathered in front of the mayor’s office and are demanding the release of their colleagues who had been detained by security forces the previous day. Some of the slogans include the following:

  • Death to the anti-worker regime
  • Imprisoned workers must be freed
  • Workers are in prison. Thieves are running free

The workers of the Haft Tapeh sugar mill have been protesting for more than two weeks to their four months’ worth of unpaid wages as well as the transfer of the company from the private to the public sector.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, hailed the workers of Haft Tapeh and described their protest as the will of the Iranian people to overthrow the Iranian regime.

Panel Discussion on Iran: Sanction IRGC and Support Iran Opposition, Free Iran Gathering: Support NCRI and MEK

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Freeiran Gathering: Sanction IRGC and Support Iran Opposition

Sanction IRGC and Support Iran Opposition

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was the major subject of today’s third panel at the FreeIran Gathering in Paris, hosted by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), with the panellists discussing how best to put pressure on the IRGC.

Iran: The Alternative

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On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, the Washington Times published a report on the #FreeIran2018 major rally scheduled for June 30, 2018 in Villepinte, near Paris, France.

Some 100,000 Iranians and their supporter as well as dozens of current and former senior officials from five continents are expected to attend the rally.

The advocacy section, entitled, “Iran: The Alternative, and sponsored by Iranian American communities, included a section on the ten-point plan of Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, and another one on eight characteristics of an alternative.

It also included a page on the anti-government uprisings that engulfed 142 cities in Iran and involved virtually every sector of society.