Dec. 17, 2018 -
38th day of demonstration of Steel workers despite dozens of arrests and repressive measures
The arrest of representatives of Ahvaz Steelworkers 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 arrests.
New protests reported in cities across Iran
More reports of protests, strikes, and gatherings are reported from a variety of cities throughout Iran. On Thursday, teachers and their students in Hamedan, farmers in Isfahan, college students in Tehran, unemployed youths in Rafsanjan and bus drivers in Khuzestan Province were reported to hold numerous rallies
Esmaeel Bakhshi, representative of Haft Tapeh workers, is set free
he Haft Tapeh Sugarcane Workers Syndicate issued a statement on Wednesday announcing the release of Esmaeel Bakhshi, a worker and workers’ representative of Haft Tapeh in Shush, southwest Iran.
Bakhshi and other workers were arrested on November 18 as the Haft Tapeh workers were on the 14th day of their strike and protests
Strike and protest of Iran's Ahvaz Steel and Haft Tapeh sugar mill workers and support of other workers
Workers of Ahvaz steel factory hold 32nd day of protests
The workers of Iran National Steel Industrial group returned to the streets of Ahvaz today to mark the 32nd day of the strikes and the 24th day of their demonstrations. The workers, who had gathered in front of the Khuzestan province governor’s office, held banners that read: “Workers are awake and tired of being exploited.”
Like many other factories and companies across Iran, the steelworkers of Ahvaz have not received their salaries for months, which is the main reason they have been protesting for an extended period of time. They are also demanding the establishment of all production lines, supplying the necessary equipment and parts, and the return of the factory to the control of the government. Private investors, mostly tied to regime officials have been profiteering from the company at the expense of the workers and without oversight, which has enraged the workers
Contract workers rallied outside the city council building located at the South City Park Avenue on Tuesday, demanding their savings stolen by state officials returned. Their chants and slogans include:
#MaryamAkbari, #GolrokhIraee declare support for #protesting #workers
Evin political prisoners Maryam Akbari Monfared and Golrokh Iraee sent out an open letter in support of the continued protests of the workers of Ahvaz Steel and Haft Tappeh Sugarcane factories on Sunday, December 2, 2018.
In the letter of support released by the Haft Tappeh Workers' Syndicate, Maryam Akbari and Golrokh Iraee wrote:
Ahvaz steel workers hold protests for 26th consecutive day
Dec. 5, 2018 - On Wednesday, the workers of Iran National Steel Industrial Group in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, took to the streets of Ahvaz for the 26th consecutive day to protest for their rights. The workers were chanting “we will not give in to disgrace.” The workers were marching toward the main streets of the city, holding banners that read, “Workers are awake and fed up with being exploited.”
Iran: Protests reported in Tabriz, other cities
As living conditions continue to become more difficult and more than 80 percent of Iranians are living in poverty, protests by people from all walks of life are mushrooming across the Employees of a ball-bearing factory in Tabriz, northwest Iran, rallied on Tuesday protesting not receiving their paychecks for the past four months. This is the country’s largest ball-bearing factory.
Large numbers of university students in Iran held protest rallies on Tuesday, in solidarity with striking workers, as well as jailed students and teachers.
At Tehran’s Amirkabir University of Technology, also known as Polytechnic University, students formed a long human chain, whilst holding signs and chanting slogans. Some of the most memorable, include “Cannons, tanks, guns, they are no longer effective”, “Workers, students, unite, unite”, “Jailed workers, students, and teachers must be released”, and “Victory is near. Down with this deceptive government”.
Dec. 4, 2018 -
Student protests in Tehran and other cities of Iran on the eve of the Student Day
On Tuesday, December 4th, days before the National Student Day (December 7th), students from various universities including Tehran Polytechnic, Tabriz Sahand, and Babol Noushirvani staged protest rallies. In Tehran, students of the Polytechnic University resisted and confronted and clashed with the Basij mercenaries who intended to disrupt the gathering. Students chanted: Imprisoned workers must be released; Imprisoned students must be released; Cannon, Tank, Machine Gun do not work anymore; Real teacher should be released; Death to this deceitful government.
Students at Babol Noushirvan University carried placards at their protest gathering which read: Stop suppression of students; Student would rather die than accept this humiliation.
A group of students at Semnan University of Medical Sciences protested against Rouhani when he entered the university hall. They chanted: Inflation, high prices, you, Rouhani respond!
The day before, on the occasion of the Student Day, students from the Faculty of Social Sciences of Tehran Allameh University, Kermanshah Razi University, and Sirjan University of Medical Sciences protested against the regime's suppressive measures against the students. Students at Razi University chanted slogans in support of the striking workers: Student, Worker, Teacher, United, United; Teachers are in jail from Khorasan to Tehran; Free imprisoned teachers.
At the Chamran University of Kerman, ‘Herasat’ department, a branch of the Ministry of Intelligence at the universities, has imposed a repressive instruction. According to this medieval instruction, students are forbidden from going to each other's rooms, and if a student is seen in another room, students in that room will be fined 100,000 tomans.
On Tuesday, December 4th, deprived workers of Ahwaz steel continued their courageous strike for the twenty-fifth day. The strikers rallied outside the regime's governorate and in the city bazaar with the slogans: Our country is the place of thieves, it is unique in the world; neither the ruler nor the government minds the nation; Worker would rather die than accept humiliation; Imprisoned workers must be freed.
Strikes, protests reported in Tehran & across the country
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.
Medical students in Tehran rallied on Sunday outside the office of Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani in Pastour Avenue.
Ahvaz Steel workers hold the 24th day of their protests
On Monday, the workers of the Iran National Steel Industrial Group returned to the streets of Ahvaz, Khuzestan, to protest for their most basic rights. The workers have been demanding the payment of their overdue salaries for months.
Dec. 2, 2018 -
Workers of Haft Tapeh sugar cane factory hold 28th consecutive day of protests and strikes
On Sunday morning, the workers of Haft Tapeh sugar cane factory in Shush, Khuzestan province, returned to the streets for the 28th day to demonstrate and demand their rights. The workers, who have been on strike for four weeks, are demanding their unpaid salaries, job security, the ouster of the private owners of the company and the release of their imprisoned colleagues.
Tehran bus syndicate voices support for Haft Tapeh sugarcane workers
The Greater Tehran Bus Syndicate issued a statement condemning the arrest and beating of Esmaeel Bakhshi, a representative of the protesting Haft Tapeh sugarcane mill workers in Shush, southwest Iran, and demanding his immediate release.
This syndicate is also calling for the closure of all judicial cases raised against other Haft Tapeh employee representatives.