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: 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.

Iran: PMOI / MEK network continues anti-regime activities

Resistance Units

Iran, Nov. 15, 2018 – Recent reports indicate the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) network inside Iran is escalating its anti-regime activities across the country.

Members of PMOI / MEK Resistance Unit 267 in the city of Dorud in Lorestan Province, west of Iran, braved the odds and set fire to a billboard of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

The resistance units’ non-stop activities throughout Iran has reached a point that Ali Akbar Raefipoor, a figure said to be close to Khamenei, made the following remarks on this subject.

“The [PMOI / MEK] … seek to launch a popular army, an army that will carry out their measures… people in the city of Kazerun (south-central Iran) say we don’t want a portion of the city to split up… However, in the middle of all the mayhem, all of a sudden we witness an attack on a police station… The people were seeking their own demands, but just two people are enough to be in such a crowd and actually do something. The [PMOI / MEK] has such two-person teams in all cities… Take into good consideration that we have more than 24,000 to 25,000 [PMOI / MEK] members in Tehran alone!”

These remarks were aired on June 17, 2018.

Of course, Raefipoor is not the only Iranian regime figure making such remarks about the PMOI / MEK resistance units.

Former intelligence minister Hedar Moslehi said it in even more precise terms.

“In 2018 or 2019, the enemy will definitely be planning a sedition and the main target will be the Supreme Leader,” he said according to the state-run Entekhab website.

There are many such examples and the list goes on. Even Khamenei and Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani have made similar remarks, saying their forces should not “lose hope.”

This is a clear indication of major defections in the Iranian regime’s ranks and files, and many losing hope in fear of the regime’s upcoming overthrow.

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As we are on the brink of a new revolution in Iran and the toppling of the mullahs’ regime is now more definite and imminent than ever before, it is important to know how we have reached where we are and that events up to this point have not been mere coincidences.

The mullahs’ regime has a major crisis in the just and democratic opposition movement. An entity that has been paying the price of its struggle for nearly four decades, standing firm on their objectives and principles, defying all odds before execution squads and the gallows, in the face of torturers and hundreds of prisons checkered across Iran.

We can now be certain in saying the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) and the organized Iranian Resistance movement are realizing the overthrow of this regime.

While many now claim to oppose this regime, the PMOI / MEK understand the importance of the status more than any other party, planning and directing today’s circumstances towards a true revolution.

Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi based his strategy on “resistance units” inside Iran, with the objective of establishing units inside the society and forming a bond between the files of this revolution with the ranks seen in the central core of this movement, being the PMOI / MEK.

Although this strategy was blueprinted years ago, as crises inside Iran escalate and the regime is witnessing more rifts inside its apparatus, along with the ongoing uprising continuing to this day since the Dec/Jan revolt, the “resistance units” strategy has implemented its impact across the board. They have now become the target of a demonizing campaign by elements of this regime inside Iran and abroad.

From the Iranian regime’s state-controlled media and remarks heard from numerous regime officials, we can easily conclude that the resistance units have transformed into a major concern for the mullahs’ apparatus. The mullahs’ own media outlets even go the distance by emphasizing the role of other so-called opposition movements to thus decrease the importance and credibility of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the PMOI/MEK as the core member of this opposition movement.

However, considering the powder keg circumstances of Iran’s society, the PMOI / MEK, having an organized structure, has been able to impact the on-the-ground events. One must admit that the resistance units are the most important force of the Iranian people’s revolution, and they are playing their historical role in various methods.

In all revolutions we have witnessed how the ruling regime’s resort to utter crackdown and threats. Although all such examples have led to the regime’s overthrow through a massive and revolutionary movement, all regime’s consider themselves to be an exemption.

The mullahs’ in Iran have constantly resorted to terrorism, executions, torture and crackdown. In the current circumstances, the Iranian regime has increased such measures through utter crackdown and describing the force behind this movement of change as “terrorists.”

In such a period, if popular protests are organized and directed by an organized resistance force, the regime’s escalation of crackdown measures will not only fail to delay the upcoming revolution, they will actually further radicalize the society and lead to an even faster toppling of its entire apparatus.

As a result, resistance units play a very important role in this day and age in breaking the heavy atmosphere of crackdown. This is realized through directing and organizing the revolution at critical junctures.

With conditions inside Iran and abroad changing dramatically, the PMOI / MEK implemented its new strategy of launching resistance units. Numerous teams, forming a huge network, are now in direct contact with the Iranian society.

By organizing and leading the Iranian uprising in an effective manner, resistance units are injecting new life in the society and protesters on the streets.

Iran opposition President hails truckers’ ongoing strike

Iran truck drivers' strike runs in to the 3rd week
Iran truck drivers’ strike runs in to the 3rd week

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.

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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

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.

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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.

 

Iranian Resistance Continues to Campaign for Regime Change

Iranian Resistance Continues to Campaign for Regime Change

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.