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: Third day of truckers’ new nationwide strike

Reported by PMOI/MEK

Iran, Dec. 24, 2018 – Truck drivers throughout Iran have launched a new, fifth round of nationwide strikes across the country and Monday marks the third day of this latest movement. The drivers are protesting low wages as prices are skyrocketing throughout the country.

One driver in Lorestan Province, western Iran, reported the beltway around the city of Dorud was completely empty of any trucks.


Truckers on strike in Neishabur, northeast Iran

A video from loading station in Tehran, the capital of Iran, also shows a large number of trucks parked, indicating their drivers are all on strike.

Truck drivers in Sanandaj, western Iran, also sent a message saying they have joined this nationwide movement. They also sent a video of the city’s loading station where the trucks are all parked and the drivers are refusing to transfer any loads.

Another video also shows no trucks on a highway linking Tehran to Bandar Abbas.

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi sent a message through her Twitter account praising the truck drivers’ brave protest movement.

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.