On Saturday, December 15, 2018, an international conference will be held simultaneously in tens of places in the world.
The conference is dedicated to the issue of exportation of terrorism by the mullahs ruling Iran to other countries and the human rights violations of the Iranian people inside the country by the mullahs.
The program will be broadcasted by Iran Freedom website and its social media. I invite all international journalists and news websites and supporters of Iran’s freedom to see the conference and support it with the press reflection and also by social media. Supporting and conveying the voice of this conference is helping to bring the voice of the Iranian people, which has been for near a year, has raised to protests against religious dictatorship across Iran.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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, 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.
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.
While 160 countries across the world have either abolished the Death Penalty or at least called a moratorium on its use, the clerical regime ruling Iran remains among the world’s most brutal.
The Iranian regime executes more people per capita than any other country. The total number of executions carried out in Iran stands only next to China, whose population is over 17 folds greater. According to Amnesty International, Iran accounts for over half of executions world over.
Tehran sanctions capital punishment for political dissidents as well as ethnic and religious minorities. Juvenile offenders and women are not excluded.
Iran Human Rights Monitor recorded at least 3,602 death sentences carried out during Rouhani’s tenure. This includes the executions of 34 juvenile offenders, 84 women and 86 political prisoners.
Since January 2018, at least 223 people have been executed. The executions of at least nine political prisoners and six individuals…
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.