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

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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 Protests Watch – June 11, 2018

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AHVAZ, Southwest Iran. Protest gathering of the National Steel Industrial Group workers

On Monday morning, June 21, 2018, more than 400 workers of Iran National Steel Industrial Group in Ahvaz once again called for the consideration of the status of the company and the payment of their delayed salaries in a gathering in front of the Governorate in Ahvaz.

After the gathering at the Ahvaz Governor building, the employees of the steel company then headed to Kianpars and marched to Mahin Street while being surrounded by police forces and police cars along the way.

In this march, protesting workers and employeed shut down the street, causing heavy traffic in the area for hours. Then the workers moved to the offices of several members of the parliament from this city and chanted:

– “Compatriots be aware, Ahvaz has no owner”

– “We do not want an inadequate governor.”

THERAN, Protest Rally of Tehran Bus Company Drivers

On Monday, June 11, 2018, a group of drivers from the Tehran Bus Company, a member of the Spidar 2 and 3 housing project team in Tehran’s Sepidar Housing Cooperative, protested to the five years delay in the delivery of their homes.

The police, who were trying to silence the protesters with promises, were only faced with more objections and complaints from the drivers.

The Sepidar 2 and 3 projects, with 270 members, were launched from the 2010 and 4 blocks of the project should have been completed within 36 months and delivered to its owners. But after five years from the time it was announced, the project has not been completed yet, and no unit was delivered to Tehran Bus Company employees who were registered to receive their houses, and the project was left half completed.

SHADEGAN, Southwest Iran. People Rally in in Protest to Unemployment

Following several days of protests, the people of Shadegan city rallied on Monday morning, June 11, 2018, in protest against their unemployment in front of the entrance door of the Farabi Cultivation and Industry Corporation in Khuzestan Province, Iran.

The protest against unemployment situation of the people in Shadegan has taken place while, according to the plans approved by the provincial and district technical committees last year, the Shadegan’s employment per capita from the Rural and Inclusive facilities was reported to be 721 million rials.

During the protest rally in the city of Shadegan on Monday, repressive forces were deployed and present at the location and arrested a number of protesters who were in need of work.

DEZ DAM, Southwest Iran. Farmers Protest for Water Rights

On Monday, June 11, 2018, a group of farmers on the banks of the Dez Dam rallied in protest of the lack of their water rights from the Iranian government and the collection of motor pumps that belonged to these farmers.

Farmers on the banks of the Dez River had previously protested to the ban on cultivation by government agents and the shutdown of water pumps in the villages by the water and power company.

Following this incident, a number of farmers gathered with shovels and other agricultural tools to protest the prohibition of cultivation on their lands.

Dez Dam located in Khuzestan province of Iran and one of the reasons for the water crisis in this region is the progressive increase of deep and illegal wells which results to the the excess consumption of groundwater aquifers in the agricultural sector making it hard for farmers to cultivate on their lands.

Vehicle Buyers Of Kerman Motor Protest To Company’s Scam and Demand Their Vehicles in Tehran, Iran

Customers from the Kerman Motor, which attempted to sell cars last February, gathered on Monday morning June 11, 2018, in front of the company’s building in Tehran to protest against the company’s scam in not delivering they bought vehicles to the customers.

Kerman Motor, one of the oldest and largest automobile assembly companies in the country, is a corporation that can be named as Iran’s largest car assembly after Iran Khodro and SAIPA.

Protest Of People In Borazjan To Lack Of Water During Super-Heated Temperatures Of Bushehr Province In Iran

In the early morning of Monday, June 11, 2018, a number of people in Borazjan gathered in protest against the lack of water in front of the Water and Wastewater Company in Bushehr province, Iran.

The heat of the air and the lack of water in Borazjan has become irritating to the people of the city and the water department of the city has done nothing to solve the problems of people.

Furthermore, the heat, the Ramadan fasting, and the lack of water continues in the Bushehr province, especially in Dashtestan and Borazjan, and people are still protesting.

The people of Borazjan gathered in front of the water and wastewater department of Borazjan on late Sunday night to early Monday morning and blocked the streets with their motorcycles and protested to the several days of lack of water.

Mass Arrests Of Protesters In Isfahan And Continuing Protests In Various Cities Of Iran

Iran Uprising – No. 140

On Sunday, April 15, 2018, in addition to the strikes of merchants and shopkeepers in Baneh and Javanrood cities, protests by deprived and oppressed people continued in various cities:

At midnight of Sunday, April 15, 2018, suppressive forces attacked houses of Khorasgan people in Isfahan in order to prevent the spread of protests and demonstrations by farmers and people, and arrested a number of farmers and youths in the city.

Throughout the day and night, repressive forces had an intense presence around the city in an effort to intensify the atmosphere of fear and intimidation. The anti-riot mercenaries also moved toward the city in 20 cars and four buses to stop the demonstrations of the people of Varzaneh.

On Saturday, in spite of repressive measures in Isfahan, farmers gathered at the Khourasgan Square and Abazar Ave. They chanted: Imprisoned farmer should be freed;

farmer dies, but does not accept humiliation; we are the women and men of battle, we get back our right to water….

– People from the village of Jofair in Hoveizeh (in Khuzestan province) held a protest rally and called for the right to use the drinking water of Jofair Project.

– A group of people looted by the Arman Vahdat governmental institution in Ahvaz gathered in front of the Shariati Branch and demanded the return of their deposits. The protesters finally blocked door of the institute with mud. In Shushtar, the looted people of the same institute, in a protest move, expelled the employees from the building and closed it.

– In Mashhad, the people looted by Caspian institute held a protest rally outside the Pamchal branch in Sajjad Boulevard. The protesters, while carrying a placard, called a big lie the claim of Rouhani that he has resolved the problem of 98% of the depositors. They carried another placard, which read: What is the behind the scenes of the Caspian Institute, which none of the officials and three branches do not dare to, expose and follow up?

– In Yazd, health centers’ personnel protested in front of the governorate against the failure to pay salaries for several months and lack of job security.

– In Tehran, students at Tarbiat Modarres University protested against the illegal evacuation of dormitories, renting university facilities (gyms, swimming pools, etc.) to earn money, and looting the University’s budget.

– In Yasuj, families of victims of passenger airplane that crashed gathered in front of the Red Crescent building in protest against the inaction of the regime’s officials for finding the bodies of the dead, and called for the delivery of their loved ones bodies. On February 18 last year, an airplane of Asman airlines with 60 passengers and six crewmembers crashed near Semirom, Esfahan, and all its passengers died. The clerical regime did not make any effort to save the passengers of this plane, and now it refuses to take any action to find the bodies of the dead.

– In Tabriz, fans of the Tractor-Sazi team chanted slogans in Turkish against Ajorlu, the executive manager of the team who is one of the agents of the regime’s repressive organs. They protested against the atmosphere of repression against the team and its supporters and chanted: Take your herd and go; the Azerbaijani people do not accept humiliation; the protesters protest against the continued use of the special unit to suppress the fans of Tractor-Sazi team.

– On Saturday, April 14, 2018, the teachers of the educational services purchase plan for the second time gathered in front of offices of Ministry of Education in protest against the nonpayment of their outstanding salaries. Protesters gathered in various cities, including in Qazvin, Kerman and Yazd, demanded full insurance and equalization of their salaries with official employees.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 16, 2018

Burning Khamenei’s Photos And Continuation Of Protests Across Iran

Iran uprising – No. 136

The youth continue expressing their anger and hatred against the corrupt and suppressive system of the Velayat-e faqih (The Guardianship of the Islamic Jurist) by burning Khamenei’s ominous images and writing graffiti on walls such as burning of a large banner of Khamenei in the northwest air defense base in Tabriz, which is a completely protected area, and also in Yasuj. Courageous youth also commemorated the martyrs of Ashraf by installing images of them who were killed during the regime’s criminal assault on Camp Ashraf on April 8, 2011.

Furthermore, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, April 10-12, in addition to massive demonstrations of farmers and people in Isfahan, other cities in the country hosted the protests by deprived and oppressed classes:

From the morning of Thursday, April 12th, the farmers demonstrations in Isfahan and protests by teachers in Kerman, Shiraz students, looted people in Mashhad, the unemployed in Bushehr and … are taking place. Farmers in Isfahan today, in addition to insisting on the return of their water rights, called for the immediate release of those arrested on the previous day’s demonstrations.

On Wednesday, April 11, the expelled workers of the Ilam refinery demonstrated their poverty in a protest movement by spreading an empty table at the entrance to the refinery. Also on Tuesday, a group of workers in the refinery gathered in protest of non-payment of their claims. They called for job security and the return of their fired colleagues.

On the same day, farmers in the city of Rudbar Jonoub of Kerman, who plant tomatoes in the Jazmourian wetland, closed the Rudbar-Jazmoryan transit road for the second consecutive day in protest of the low tomato prices and the loss of their one-year work.

In Qazvin, workers of Iranian Metal Powder Corporation gathered in front of the governorate in protest of the failure to pay their salaries. The workers carried placards, which read: our New Year gift this year: expulsion, unemployment, poverty.

In Bandar Abbas, the workers of the municipality gathered in protest against the nonpayment of their salaries for several months.

Taxis drivers staged a protest gathering outside the governorate in Orumiyeh. The Revolutionary Guards have caused their unemployment and heavy loss by launching ‘internet taxi’. The taxi drivers of the Azimyeh Karajon Wednesday, and the taxi drivers of Sanandaj on Tuesday also staged gatherings in protest at deterioration of their living conditions.

In Ahvaz, the people looted by the Arman Vahdat Institute staged a protest gathering in front of a branch of this institute at Shariati Avenue. They chanted: What have done those behind the scene with our money?

On Tuesday, April 10, Kazerun residents gathered in front of Kazerun governorate for the second day in protest against the division of the country and the separation of some parts of the city. On the same day, a group of teachers and educators from the Khark island gathered in protest at cutting off some of the services by the oil company.

The workers of the Jam-e Jam printing house in Sari, who had become unemployed due to the closure of the factory and lacked the lowest level of job security, gathered in front of Mazandaran governorate.

Writing graffiti and posting leaflets on the walls in Tehran and other cities are continuing. In Tehran, this slogan is seen on the walls: “The prayer of every Iranian is the overthrow of this regime.” It is written on a wall in Jayhoun Street: “A dollar equals 6000 tomans; Khamenei is despicable.” In Boroujerdi Square, it is written in Turkish: “Long live freedom, death to Khamenei.” In Kashan, leaflets saying “Death to Khamenei and Rouhani, death on the principle of Velayat-e faqih was posted on walls in different neighborhoods.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 12, 2018

Continued Demonstrations and Strikes of the Deprived People in Different Cities of Iran

Iran Uprising – No. 125

On March 27 and 29, in addition to the protests of thousands of Ahvaz people against the offensive programs of the state television, insulting fellow Arab compatriots, other cities of the country also witnessed protests from the desperate social strata against oppressive actions of the Iranian regime.

The Haft Tapeh sugar cane workers on March 28 gathered in the company’s premises continuing their previous day strike. They held a banner reading “Year 2018, is the year of emptying the table of the workers of Haft Tapeh”, chanting “Worker of Haft Tapeh, we are hungry!” They marched toward the Andimeshk-Ahvaz transit road, and then moved toward the governorate with motorcycles and cars. The mercenaries clashed with the workers on their way and shot at them.

The new round of strike of the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane workers has begun since March 27 following the announcement of factory closure by government-appointed and plunderer directors.

– People in the village of Jodaneh gathered in protest against the serious water shortage problem in front of the governorate of Miami (in Semnan province).

Ziar farmers in Isfahan protesting the water crisis and the destruction of their agriculture lined up their tractors in protest and called for their water share.

The farmers of Lenjan, Isfahan, gathered in front of the city’s governorate with their tractors, to protest water shortage.

The people of the city of Faal in the south of Fars province gathered for the third time against the governorate of the city, protested the construction of a gas pipeline on the natural lands of the area, and called for the pipeline to be redirected.

People in the Zoviyeh district of Ahvaz were confronted for the second day with agents who had rushed to the neighborhood to demolish their homes and threw stones at them.

On March 27, the fired staff of the Ahvaz University of Medical Sciences gathered in front of the governorate of this city. The clerical regime has fired staff of the health centers in Izeh, Bawi, Hamidieh, Masjed Soleiman, Susangerd, Andimeshk, Ramhormoz, Ahvaz, Mahshahr and others.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
March 29, 2018