Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Iran-2019-Update news of political prisoners

Mehdi Farahi Shandiz,

Iran Political Prisoner Moved to Solitary for Peaceful Anti-Regime Protest
The Iranian regime moved a political prisoner to solitary confinement for chanting anti-government slogans last week.
On Monday, February 11, as Iran marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Revolution, Mehdi Farahi Shandiz, a teacher, started to chant about the torture and executions carried out by the mullahs since they stole power.
Following that, Farahi Shandiz, 57, was moved from hall 6 to solitary confinement in hall 14 in Karaj Central Prison.
Farahi Shandiz, a labor activist and private high school tutor, is serving nine years in prison for three separate charges of “insulting the supreme leader”; six years are for charges brought against him since he has been in prison.
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Friday, February 8, 2019

Iran-Full report of MEK's Free Iran Rally Outside the Warsaw Summit&MARYAM RAJAVI’S MESSAGE TO THE IRANIANS’ RALLY

10 unforgettable days that shook the Iranian mullahs to the bone
On February 8, the Iranian resistance staged a demonstration in Paris commemorating the 40th anniversary of the antimonarchy revolution
Five days later, on February 13, the Iranian opposition organized another demonstration in Warsaw simultaneously with the summit that mainly focused on the Iranian regime’s malevolent behavior in the region
On February 17, proud Iranians from the opposition followed the mullahs and staged another protest in Munich where an annual security summit was being held.
Such capabilities and active community is rare among global movements

Zarif fuming over escalating global credibility of Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

18, 2019 - The Iranian regime’s atrocious report card of supporting international terrorism and being the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism came to haunt the mullahs’ Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during his visit to Germany for the Munich Security Conference on Sunday.
Reporters asked Zarif about European sanctions against Tehran over the mullahs’ terror campaign on their soil, especially through the course of 2018. Constantly dodging questions over the Iranian regime’s bombing and assassination plots across Europe during the past year, Zarif, as always, resorted to old lies to justify these heinous measures and signaled the source of Tehran’s main concerns.

Warsaw conference has Iran’s regime voicing deep concerns

The powerful presence of the Iranian Resistance in Warsaw was very significant during the recent international conference hosted by the United States and Poland focusing on Middle East challenges, especially the Iranian regime’s malign activities across the region.
Voices from inside the Iranian regime are deeply concerned about the growing credibility of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the emphasis placed by the media and dignitaries on the role played by NCRI President Maryam Rajavi. Signs also indicate the international community is realizing the days of the mullahs’ regime are numbered.

Why Iranians have reason to be hopeful about their future

Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Feb. 16, 2019 - We can examine the Wednesday’s Free Iran rally in Warsaw from different angles. But one detail that is often forgotten is the importance of an organized Iranian opposition movement that is present on all fronts inside Iran and across the world. We must remember that in the past centuries, it wasn’t the Iranian people who decided the fate of their country. It was always regional and world powers that decided for Iran.
From the Qajar to the Pahlavi dynasties, the tyrannical rulers of Iran liquidated the riches of the country to preserve their own power. And in the past 40 years, the criminal mullahs ruling in Iran maintained their rule by banking on a failed appeasement policy by the West. And they've done their own fair share of squandering the country's wealth on their own survival.

PMOI/MEK network inside Iran supporting opposition rally in Warsaw
Feb. 14, 2019 - Members of “Resistance Units,” a vast network associated directly to the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), are expressing their support for the Iranian Resistance rally in Warsaw coinciding with an international conference on Middle East issues focusing specifically on the mullahs’ regime.

Iranians hold gathering in Warsaw parallel to international Middle East conference

Feb. 14, 2019 - As ministers and officials of several countries from across the world gathered in Warsaw, Poland, to discuss solutions and roadmaps for achieving peace and stability in the Middle East, a large crowd of Iranian dissidents, supporters of Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), held a gathering to reiterate the need to support Iranian protests and regime change in Iran.

Rudy Giuliani Urges Warsaw Summit Leaders Firmness on Iran

Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke at a rally by Iranians supporting the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) on Wednesday, the first day of the conference on Middle East in Warsaw Poland.
Protesters voiced the desire of the Iranian people for establishment of freedom and democracy in Iran and also expressed their support for the NCRI led by Maryam Rajavi as the democratic alternative to the mullahs’ regime.

Robert Torricelli: “Tomorrow is About Ending Regime in Iran”

Speaking at a rally by Iranians in Warsaw Senator Robert Torricelli said: “The thousands and thousands of Iranians who have risked their lives have taken to the streets of the cities and towns of Iran, they are your choice. The thousands and millions of people of diaspora across Europe, but in America they are the choice, the NCRI is the choice, Maryam Rajavi is the choice. There is a choice for new leadership in Iran.”

Free Iran Rally in Warsaw calls for recognition of Iranian people's right to overthrow regime

Feb. 13, 2019 - A large crowd of Iranians, supporters of PMOI/MEK and NCRI, held a gathering in Warsaw as authorities from numerous countries gathered in the city to attend a meeting co-hosted by United States and Poland. The demonstrators were there to voice the long-suppressed desire of the Iranian people to live in a free state.
Ministers from several countries will be discussing the situation in the Middle East and especially the threats posed by the Iranian regime.


International Press Reports on Iranian Protesters in Paris Calling For Regime Change
Iranians Protest in Paris for a Free Iran - Feb 8

Maryam Rajavi: 40 years after the uprising against the Shah, it’s the mullahs’ turn to go

Thousands of Iranians rallied and marched in Paris on February 8, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Iranian people's uprising against the Shah's dictatorship.
The march started in Paris’s Denfert Rochereau Square and ended at Les Invalides in front of the French National Assembly. The protesters condemned the continuing human rights violations in Iran, increasing terrorist plots of the regime, and the regime’s continuing missile and nuclear programs. They supported the social movements and protests by the Iranian people against the mullahs’ dictatorship.
A message from Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, to the demonstrations was shown on the widescreen. She said, with the overthrow of the Shah’s corrupt dictatorship and his regime of torture, his true successors, namely Khomeini and Khamenei, took over the helms. Now is the turn of the mullahs to be overthrown.
She added, our nation has started a new era, a new phase, in her battle to bring down the mullahs’ theocratic rule. Therefore, they expect the international community to respect their struggle and recognize their high goal of liberating Iran and the entire world from the evil and mischief of the mullahs’ religious fascism. Western governments bear double responsibility in this regard because they have had a role in preserving this regime, particularly in the past two decades.
Mrs. Rajavi emphasized the end to the region’s crises lies in recognition of the Iranian people’s right to resistance to topple the mullahs’ religious fascism and attain freedom. This is the heart of the solution to the Iranian problem, and the road to peace and tranquility in the region and the world.
She stressed the need to include the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) and the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) on the U.S. and EU blacklists, and asked, why do you want to prolong the suffering of the people of Iran and other nations in the region?
She concluded: Prevent the regime’s access to missile programs and any form of arms and equipment. The Iranian people and Resistance do not want this regime to have any bullets, or sell any barrel of oil, or spend a single dollar of the Iranian nation’s wealth on suppression and terrorism.

The gathering was supported by a large number of Iranian communities in Europe, human rights organizations, trade unions, and parliamentary committees and mayors from Paris’s districts and the  Île-de-France region. Personalities who addressed the event included: Gilbert Mitterrand, President of France Libertés - Foundation Danielle-Mitterrand; Michèle de Vaucouleurs, member of France's National Assembly and President of the French Parliamentary Committee for a Democratic Iran; Sid Ahmed Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria; Alejo Vidal Quadras, former Vice President of the European Parliament and President of the International Committee In Search of Justice; George Sabra, prominent representative of the Syrian opposition; Jean-François Legaret, Mayor of Paris' 1st District; Gérard Lauton, representative of France's National Union of Higher Education; Jean-Pierre Michel, former Senator and founder of the French Committee for a Democratic Iran; François Colcombet, President of the Foundation for Middle Eastern Studies (FEMO); and Pierre Bercis, President of Nouveaux Droits de l'Homme.
In his address, Gilbert Mitterrand referred to a recent report by Amnesty International which called 2018 the year of shame for Iran during which 7,000 people were arrested for protesting against the regime. He went on to conclude that the Iranian Resistance is the alternative to mullahs.

Dr. Alejo Vidal-Quadras said, “I call on the EU to take a hard line with this theocratic and terrorist regime which has no future. The EU must stop its appeasement policies and support the Iranian opposition instead of the mullahs. Appeasement only encourages the mullahs to commit more crimes in Iran and more terrorism in Europe. The EU has to put the entire Iranian Intelligence Ministry and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on its terrorism blacklist.”
Michèle de Vaucouleurs said, “I am here today to testify that as a Member of Parliament, I find the human rights situation in Iran truly regrettable, and I hope this year will be the last year that you have to endure these sufferings.”
Senator Jean-Pierre Michel said, “I want to call upon our governments, European governments, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, and Mrs. Federica Mogherini, do not fear the Iranian Resistance. Open your eyes and ears. Retake the dignity that the status of Europe brings upon you, take back the dignity of the Europeans. Support the Iranian Resistance.”
The powerful march that swept through the streets of Paris in the cold weather with the rhythms of the drums and passionate slogans reflected the strength of the spirit of resistance among Iranians and the participating demonstrators. It reflected the voices of the Iranian people who never stopped their protests and strikes over the past year.
At the end of the march, the final statement of the rally was announced. It condemned the terrorist acts of the mullahs against the opposition in Europe, the continued proliferation of dangerous missiles and nuclear weapons, the continuing repression and killings in Iran, and in the regional wars. It further urged the international community to decisively confront the regime and to recognize the right of the Iranian people and Resistance to overthrow the clerical regime.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
February 8, 2019



Maryam Rajavi: All Iranians demand freedom, democracy, and overthrow of mullahs' regime

Hail to you my fellow compatriots, the friends of the Iranian Resistance and our dear guests,
You convey the cries of all Iranians against tyranny and dependence. You are the voice of all Iranians who call for the overthrow of the clerical regime and demand the establishment of a republic, based on democracy and separation of religion and state.
From here, we would send our warmest greetings to the protesters in Iran, to the freedom fighters of the resistance units, and the standard bearers of freedom all across the nation.
On the anniversary of the Iranian people’s anti-monarchic revolution, I pay tribute to all the trailblazers and leaders of that great revolution, particularly to Mohammad Hanifnejad, Saeid Mohsen and Ali Asghar Badizadegan, to Massoud Ahmadzadeh, Pouyan, Bijan Jazani, and Shokrollah Paknejad.
Today is February 8th. On the 37th anniversary of the martyrdom of Ashraf Rajavi, Moussa Khiabani and the Mojahedin who accompanied them in their heroic battle, we salute them. Their sacrifice guaranteed the resistance of the people of Iran against the mullahs’ anti-Iranian Caliphate.
With the overthrow of the Shah’s corrupt dictatorship and his regime of torture, his true successors, namely Khomeini and Khamenei, took over the helms. Our people faced a whirlpool of horror and darkness which they had to go through in order to achieve freedom.
Hail to the people of Iran who have paved most of this tortuous path with their uprisings and battles such as the one on June 20, 1981, the Eternal Light battles and the perseverance in Asharf.
Today, we are hopeful and we can see the signs of victory culminated in the uprisings and protests throughout the past year.
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Iran regime change rally in Paris calls for opposition recognition

Paris, Feb. 8, 2019 - Iranians from across the globe rallied in Paris on Friday calling for a free Iran and seeking regime change by the Iranian people and their organized opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

The rally took place as a few days remain to the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Revolution which saw the ouster of the Shah regime and the rise of mullahs to power in Iran.

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi delivered the keynote speech at the even, as the rally also featured a slate of international dignitaries, mainly from France.

Jean-François Legaret - When a regime is illegitimate it has to be overthrown

“After 40 years, the dictatorship is about to be overthrown,” said Jean-François Legaret, the mayor of the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France. “This regime is torturing people every day. The regime is not capable to provide the needs of its people. This is an illegitimate regime. When a regime is illegitimate it has to be overthrown.”...

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi - World should recognize Iranian Resistance

“Every Iranian longs for a republic, for democracy, for separation of religion and state, and for the overthrow of the mullahs’ rule. The Iranian nation sacrificed 120,000 of her children but did not give in. She never surrendered and the uprisings and revolts continued. And this is an uprising until victory,” said Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi, head of the NCRI....

Gilbert Mitterrand - Support the alternative to Iran’s regime

“The Iranian authorities are celebrating the anniversary of 40 years of revolution. They’ve used the economy of Iran for war and corruption,” said Gilbert Mitterand, President of the Fondation France Libertés - Danielle-Mitterrand Foundation..

Sid Ahmed Ghozali - Mullahs’ terrorist threat will double

“I would like to offer my hope and support for Mr. Massoud Rajavi, leader of the Iranian Resistance. The people who overthrew the dictatorship of Shah are also going to overthrow the mullahs,” said former Algerian Prime Minister Sid Ahmed Ghozali...

François Colcombet - You provide hope for Iran

“Your force and determination gives us hope. In all circumstance, it was you that gave us hope. This manifestation shows that the choice is not the Iranian regime. It is you,” said François Colcombet, former magistrate and deputy of the Allier, and co-founder of the Union of the Magistrature.

Mahnaz Salimian - Khamenei, your end has come

“Resistance Units today are the evolution of all the struggles of the Iranian people in the past century,” said NCRI Secretary Mahnaz Salimian....

Jean-Pierre Michel - Europe must open its eyes

“All European governments, open your eyes. Restore the dignity of your countries. Support the Iranian Resistance. Stop following your economic interests at the expense of your dignity,” said former French Senator Jean-Pierre Michel...

Gerard Lauton - We have a common dream for a free Iran

“The Iranian regime has the world record in executions. The Iranian government has cracked down on protests by workers. That’s why syndicates in France are supporting their movement,” said Gerard Lauton, representative of French Teachers’ Syndicate...

Alejo Vidal-Quadras - EU must stop appeasing Iran’s regime

“In the past four decades, the people of Iran have suffered a lot under the rule of the dictator mullahs. But the Iranian people have not submitted to the Iranian regime, and you are proof of that,” said former European Parliament Vice-President Alejo Vidal-Quadras.
“Last year, the people of Iran were chanting, ‘conservatives, moderates, the game is over.’ This year, we’ve seen the resistance units spread the message of hope and resistance across Iran,” said the President of the international committee “In Search of Justice.”...

George Sabra - Iran’s regime has inflamed the region

“The Iranian regime has been committing crimes not only against the people of Iran but against the people of the entire Middle East region for 40 years,” said George Sabra, former president of the Syrian National Council.
“This is a day of revenge by all the people who have been martyred by the Iranian regime, and a day to support the Iranian resistance. This is a rage against the Iranian government that has turned the region into a battlefield through its terrorist politics,” he added.
“The regime is now exporting its terrorism to Europe, to here in Paris,” Sabra warned, while emphasizing freedom is coming.
“Freedom is for the people. The terrorist regime of Iran is also a source of support for the terrorist regime of Bashar al-Assad and other terrorist groups. Freedom for the people of Iran and Syria!” he concluded.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Feb.2019-#Iran-#Iranprotests& #Strikes -reports& #news

Depositors of corrupt Iranian credit institutions hold demonstrations in Tehran and Kermanshah

Feb. 20, 2019 - On Tuesday, depositors of state-backed Caspian Credit institution gathered in front of the Iranian regime’s public court in Tehran and marched in the Tehran Bazaar toward the Iranian regime’s attorney general’s office. The protesters were chanting “Where are our possessions, the attorney general is asleep” and “why isn’t the country’s law being upheld?”
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Iranian workers continue protests over privatization of oil company

Feb. 19, 2019 - The workers of Jahan Vegetable Oil Company in Zanjan, Azerbaijan province, have been protesting for several days over the privatization of the company and eight months of unpaid wages. On Sunday, the workers held the third consecutive day of their demonstrations in front of the governor’s office in Zanjan.
The workers have been protesting for several months over unpaid wages and lack of job security. In November, after several week of protests, officials promised to regularly pay the company's workers, which number in the hundreds.
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The intensifying wave of strikes by Iran’s railroad workers

Feb. 17, 2019 - In recent weeks, strikes and protests by railroad workers in different regions of Iran have intensified. Most of the striking workers are employed by contractors companies like Travers, and their salaries aren’t guaranteed. In some cases, the workers have not received their pay for more than 20 months.
These workers don’t have official contracts and are being forced into unfair conditions by their employers, sometimes called “white contracts.” There’s no legal and judicial backing for their most basic right, which is being compensated for their hard work.
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Teachers across Iran resume protests over low pay, suppression

Feb. 15, 2019 - On Thursday, teachers in several Iranian cities held demonstrations in protest to the Iranian regime’s suppression of activists, poor work conditions and low pay, among other demands.
Teachers and retired educators in Ardebil, Kermanshah, Marivan, Mashhad, Urmia and Sanandaj held rallies in tandem and called on the regime to respond to their demands, which they’ve been reiterating regularly for most of the past year.
One of the main demands of the teachers is the release of teacher activists from prison. On Thursday, the teachers were holding placards that read, “In a country where teachers are behind bars, we can only weep blood.”
According to reports, the Iranian regime had dispatched plainclothes agents and suppressive forces to disperse protesters in various locations.
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Nine Protests Across Iran on Sunday

There were nine protest rallies held across Iran on Sunday, with several different groups in the capital Tehran demanding to be paid for their work, while elsewhere people were demanding the return of their looted money and others were calling on the Iranian government to protect the environment. Let’s look at them in more detail.

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Iran Regime Attacks Peace Protest for Water Rights

Security forces use tear gas, pepper spray to disperse protesting teachers

Feb. 8, 2019 - Hundreds of teachers in Isfahan, central Iran, rallied alongside the city’s famous Zayanderud River on Thursday, protesting the mullahs’ unjust policies, including the drying up of Zayanderud’s waters, and demanding changes. People from all walks of life were seen joining the protesting teachers in this gathering.
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Protests Continue Across the Country

Widespread discontent across Iran is still very much in the forefront. Last year was marked by major protests and anti-government demonstrations and this year is set to continue in the same way.
The people have made it very clear that they will not tolerate the regime’s corruption and mismanagement and they are adamant that regime change will come soon.
Over the weekend, angry protesters took to the streets in several cities across the country, including railways workers in Ahvaz, young people in Tehran, farmers in Isfahan, dam workers in Gachsaran and teachers in Karoun and Bavi.
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Depositors of Caspian Credit Institution march in front of the Iranian regime’s judiciary

Feb. 5, 2019 - On Monday, the depositors of Caspian Credit institution demonstrated in front of the Iranian regime’s judiciary branch and marched toward Vali Asr Square. The protesters were chanting, “They betrayed us, but there were no court proceedings,” and “They betrayed their commitments but there were no court proceedings.”
The protesters were criticizing the judicial system for taking no action against the high level corruption that has been plaguing the country’s financial system. “Why isn’t the law enforced in our country?” the protesters were shouting.
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Iranian students hold gathering to commemorate victims of university bus accident

Feb. 3, 2019 - On Saturday, students of the Science and Research unit of Tehran’s Azad University gathered to commemorate 10 students who lost their lives 40 days earlier in a bus accident, a ritual that is part of the Shiite Islam culture.
On December 25, a bus carrying students from the Science and Research unit of Tehran’s Azad University veered off a steep, mountainous road and crashed into a cement block, causing the death of 10 passengers and injuring 28 others.
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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Jan.2019-#Iranprotests& #Strikes -reports& #news

Nine Protests Across Iran on Sunday
There were nine protest rallies held across Iran on Sunday, with several different groups in the capital Tehran demanding to be paid for their work, while elsewhere people were demanding the return of their looted money and others were calling on the Iranian government to protect the environment. Let’s look at them in more detail.
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Over 271 protests in January in Iran

The Iranian Regime continued to be besieged by protests in January 2019, more than a year after the anti-regime uprising began, with over 271 protests recorded across 72 cities, villages, and industrial areas. That’s an average of nine protests per day.
This is still lower than the amount that Iran was used to seeing during 2018, but it is likely only a temporary thing, due to poor weather (i.e. large snowfalls), limited payment of the workers, and the systematic suppression and mass arrests of protesters over the past couple of months. Let’s look at the breakdown of these protests.
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Iranian teachers continue their protests in second half of January
Jan. 31, 2019 - Among the different segments of the Iranian population regularly protesting against the tyrannical rule of the mullahs, the demonstrations and strikes of teachers are especially notable.
As the mentors of the future generations of Iran, the freedom-loving teachers of Iran have been constantly protesting since the end of 2017, when protests erupted across Iran. While pursuing their just demands, the teachers of Iran are regularly manifesting their intellect by holding gatherings at the tombs of historical figures such as Mirza Zadeh Eshghi, the revolutionary journalist who was murdered by the dictatorship of Reza Khan.
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Teachers in Kermanshah resume protests as Iranian regime fails to meet their demands

Jan. 27, 2019 - Saturday saw more demonstrations and strikes in different Iranian cities. Economic woes, corruption and government mismanagement have become the principal source of protests by different segments of the Iranian population.
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Angry Iran Khodro, Saipa car purchasers rallying in Tehran

Jan. 26, 2019 - People who have purchased vehicles from the Iran Khodro and Saipa companies held a rally today in Tehran, the capital of Iran. These angry customers are protesting the car company officials’ refusal to provide the cars after they have been paid for.
Protesters were seen chanting, “Iran Khodro and Saipa are associated to the mafia," a term regularly used by protesters in various cities to reference government-run financial corruption.
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 Protests in Iranian cities continue over unpaid wages, unemployment and government mismanagement

Teachers across Iran protesting delayed paychecks
Jan. 25, 2019 - Teachers in the provinces of Kermanshah, Alborz, Isfahan and Ardabil rallied on Thursday, protesting delayed paychecks and poor living conditions. Skyrocketing prices of every day goods and inflation are becoming major concerns for these hard-working and yet deprived teachers throughout the country.
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Retirees protesting in Tehran, raising significant demands 

Retirees rallied outside the Iranian regime’s Labor Ministry in Tehran on Tuesday, protesting the authorities’ refusal to reply to their demands. The protesters were chanting:
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Caspian creditors holding protest rally in Tehran

Tehran, the capital of Iran, was the scene of clients of the Caspian credit firm protesting and demanding their stolen money returned. The Caspian credit firm is known for its direct link to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).
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Numerous reports of protests in a variety of cities
Jan. 20, 2019 - Protests are reported from numerous cities across Iran on Sunday.
More than 150 volunteers of medical sciences in Tehran’s Azad University held a rally outside the regime’s Majlis (parliament) protesting their limbo education status.

Iranian labor union warns against continued suppression of Ahvaz steel workers
 On Saturday, the Free Union of Workers published a statement, in which it condemned the repressive conditions set against workers of Ahvaz who were recently release from prison on bail.
“The extraction of a 2.5-billion-rial bail from the families of Karim Siahi and Tariq Kholfi shows that wave of repression continues against the workers of Iran National Steel Industrial Group, who were demanding for their most basic rights during their 38-day strikes and streets protests,” the union wrote in its statement.

A look at Iranian teachers’ protests in January

Corruption by state-run Iranian vehicle manufacturers trigger more protests

2019 - On Wednesday, more than 200 customers of state-run Iran Khodro vehicle manufacturer held demonstrations in front of the offices of the Ministry of Industry. The demonstrators, who had registered in advance to purchase vehicles at discount prices, are protesting against unfair practices and the increase of prices against commitments made by the manufacturer.
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Unpaid wages continue to trigger labor protests in Iranian cities
Jan. 17, 2019 - On Wednesday, the workers of the Ahvaz Urban Train project held a demonstration in front of the headquarters of the organization in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, and continued their protests to unpaid wages.

Iran intel figure: People rallied in 160 cities
Jan. 16, 2019 - Ali Rabie, a Deputy Intelligence Minister of the Iranian regime and a former labor minister, made startling remarks in an interview signaling how people in 160 cities across the country held protest rallies during a nationwide uprising that began at the end of 2017. These protests may be repeated, he added.

More cities across Iran reporting increasing protests
Jan. 16, 2019 - A year after the Dec/Jan 2018 uprising that swept over 140 cities across the country, this year there is a seemingly unstoppable trend of reports of protests coming from throughout the country.
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Customers of corrupt state-backed financial institutions hold demonstrations in Rasht
On Tuesday, the customers of Caspian Credit Institution held a demonstration in front of the offices of this organization in Rasht and demanded the return of their plundered investments.
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Protests in Tehran, Mashhad and Ahvaz Jan. 15, 2019 - On Monday, several cities across Iran witnessed protests by angry people whose rights have been trampled by the Iranian regime and its affiliated companies and organizations.
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Various protests reported across Iran Jan. 14, 2019 - Numerous cities throughout Iran witnessed protest rallies on Sunday by people from all walks of life.
A group of rail workers in Ahvaz, southwest Iran, held a gathering at their workshop, protesting not receiving their paychecks or answers to other demands.
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Protests continue in several Iranian cities over financial corruption and government-backed fraud On Sunday, customers of Caspian credit institution held a demonstration in Tehran, stressing they will continue their protests until their stolen funds are returned to them.
The protesters were calling on the Majlis (parliament) and Iranian regime officials to stay true to their own laws and to hold the perpetrators of a large Ponzi scheme that has robbed millions of people of their investments to account.
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Protests and strikes in Tehran, Shadegan and Yasuj Jan. 13, 2019 - On Saturday, demonstrations and strikes continued in various cities of Iran.
Tehran: Demonstrations by customers of Bahman Khodro
A group of customers of Bahman Khodro vehicle manufacturer gathered in front of the headquarters of the company in Tehran and held demonstrations in protest for not having received their purchased vehicles.
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Workers of Haft Tapeh sugar mill go on strike again Jan. 11, 2019 - On Thursday, the workers of Haft Tapeh 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.
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Tehran car purchasers protesting authorities’ failures On Friday, purchasers of Iran Khodro and Saipa, two state-owned Iranian vehicle manufacturers, held a rally in Tehran, protesting these two companies’ pricing policies and refusing to deliver the vehicles purchased by these individuals. This rally was held at Tehran’s auto exhibition.
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Teachers continue protests in various cities

On Thursday, teachers were seen holding protests in a variety of cities across the country in Iran.
In Ardabil, northwest Iran, teachers held a gathering to both express solidarity with their colleagues in other cities, and protest low paychecks and regime officials refusing to provide answers to their demands. This gathering was held outside the city’s Education Department.
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Farmers of Varzaneh hold large gathering in Isfahan Jan. 10, 2019 - On Wednesday, famers of Isfahan’s Varzaneh gathered in Isfahan’s Golzar mosque in protest to the trampling of their rights to water by the government. In the past weeks, the farmers of Varzaneh have been continuously protesting to water shortages stemming from the destructive policies of the Iranian regime.
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Protests in various Iranian cities over economic woes and government mismanagment
Jan. 9, 2019 - On Tuesday, a group of customers of Saipa, a state-owned Iranian vehicle manufacturer, gathered in Tehran’s car exhibition hall and sat down in protest. The protesters were demanding Saipa to stay true to its commitments regarding the presale of its vehicles
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Employees of Farmers’ Insurance Fund hold demonstrations in Tehran
Protests in various Iranian cities

Jan. 7, 2019 - On Sunday, hundreds of employees of the Agriculture Insurance Fund from across the country gathered in Tehran and demonstrated in front of the building of the Recruitment Organization.
The employees were protesting for not having job security and are demanding to be officially hired. These workers had previously held similar demonstrations.
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Farmers in central Iran, others in Tehran hold protest rallies

In Varzaneh of Isfahan Province, central Iran, farmers held a protest rally on Sunday, gathered in the city’s Darvazeh Abbas district and went on to march through the streets, protesting not receiving their share of river waters.

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Ahvaz steel workers condemn the arrest of their coworker and transformation of factory into a military complex

The workers of the Iran National Steel Industrial Group condemned the brutal behavior of Iranian security forces and the arrest and torture of their colleagues in a statement.
In their statement, the workers stipulated that their factory has effectively become a military base, and they condemned the entrance of security forces into the complex and the threatening of the workers. Their statement reads:
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Isfahan farmers hold demonstrations, chant “death to Rouhani”

Iran, Jan. 4, 2019 - On Friday, the farmers of Varzaneh, east Isfahan, returned to the Darvazeh Dolat square to hold demonstrations in protest to the government’s policies that have resulted in their deprivation from water to irrigate their fields.
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Demonstrations of farmers in Isfahan and retirees in Tehran and Mashhad
On Wednesday, January 2, retirees in Tehran and Mashhad and farmers in Isfahan demonstrated in protest of the tyranny of the clerical regime, their dire livelihood and the failure to implement the deceptive promises of the regime.
In Tehran, a large group of retirees gathered in front of the regime’s parliament. They chanted: Retiree, stand up, against oppression and discrimination; the government betrays, the parliament protects; we will not rest until we get our rights; no nation has ever seen such a lousy parliament; cry out from this much injustice; they use Islam to suppress people; imprisoned teacher must be freed; political prisoner must be freed; worker, teacher, student, unity, unity; enough oppression, our table is empty; we are all together; inflation, grief, answer Rouhani. At the same time, in Mashhad, the retirees gathered and demanded their rightful claims.
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Iranian authorities frantically warn about the threat of uprisings and the role of PMOI/MEK
On Sunday, the Iranian regime held “anti-demonstrations,” government-organized gatherings meant to prevent protests from erupting on the anniversary of the “Ashura uprising” in December 2009, where thousands of people poured into the streets of different cities in Iran and confronted security forces in heavy clashes. However, despite the widespread efforts led by the regime, the events turned out to be very desolate, with very few attendants, mostly agents of the Revolutionary Guards and the Basij.
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Azad University’s bus accident, another manifestation of the Iranian regime’s corruption and incompetency

Various protest rallies in Iran 

Jan. 1, 2018 - Numerous cities across Iran witnessed a variety of protest rallies on Tuesday. In the town of Varzaneh of Isfahan Province, central Iran, hardworking farmers took to the streets once again, protesting the policies of Iranian regime authorities rerouting local river waters for government and Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) projects. These initiatives are leaving locals deprived of any water for their lands.
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Monday, December 24, 2018

IRAN-Maryam Rajavi calls for support of Iranian protesters in the New Year

On Sunday, January 13, 2019, Maryam Rajavi attended a New Year ceremony attended by French mayors, elected representatives and supporters of the Iranian Resistance. Titled, “Solidarity with the Iranian People’s Resistance and Uprising,” the conference called for greater support for ongoing protests in Iran and the Iranian people's efforts to free their country from the tyranny of the ruling mullahs.
Among the participants in the meeting were Mrs. Anissa Boumediene, former First Lady of Algeria; Mr. Dominique Lefebvre, former MP; Bishop Jacques Gaillot, a number of Paris district mayors, the mayor of Val d’Oise, and a number of French personalities.
Maryam Rajavi welcomed the audience and extended her New Year felicitations. She briefly reviewed the events of the past year and elaborated on the prospects of 2019. Following is the text of her speech:
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2019 would be a year of advancement of resistance and uprisings towards freedom and victory
Suffering Christians of Iran, fellow compatriots, followers of Jesus Christ around the world,
My greetings for Christmas, on the birth of Jesus Christ, son of Mary, the great prophet of God.
And I bow before the Virgin Mary, the eternal example of innocence and purity.
The birthday of Jesus Christ is a jubilant celebration for the enchained humanity that yearns for emancipation and fraternity.
He was the messenger of compassion and friendship. He used to say, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25: 35-40)
Christ set a tradition that showed men that they could be privileged by sacrificing for others. He said, “Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15: 9-17)
He described the sublime existence of human beings as living to serve others and not themselves. He said that he had not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 20: 25-28)



Maryam Rajavi at the New Year celebration: With the death of Rafsanjani one of the two pillars of the ruling theocracy collapses

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Christmas greetings 23 December 2016

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Dec.2018-#Iranprotests& #Strikes -reports& #news

Dec. 31, 2018 -

Farmers of Varzaneh, Isfahan, continue their protests over water shortages 

On Monday, the farmers of Varzaneh, Isfahan province, returned to the streets to resume their protests over water shortages and government corruption in managing water sources.
“We will fight, we will die and we will take back our rights,” the farmers were chanting. The farmers were also shouting, “Hail to farmers, death to tyrants,” a reference to government officials who have contributed to the water problems of the province.

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Azad University students protest for the second consecutive day
On Sunday, December 30th, students from Tehran's Azad University of Science and Research protested for the second consecutive day in protest of the loss of their 10 classmates during a bus accident. In the course of this move, the university president fled by his car from the university instead of answering the students. On Saturday, thousands of students also rallied for the same cause. Astronomical thefts and plundering the people's assets by the leaders of the mullahs’ regime have made Iran one of the most vulnerable countries in the face of incidents such as traffic accidents, fires, earthquakes, and so on.
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Science and Research University students holding massive protest gathering
Students of the Science and Research University in Tehran, the capital of Iran, held a major rally on Saturday morning expressing their anger over Iranian regime authorities in this facility. The students were grieving the loss of their classmates killed in a recent bus accident and holding incompetent regime officials responsible for the incident.
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Demonstrations in Isfahan, Urmia and Mahabad

Ms. Rajavi’s call to support and immediate action to release the arrested teachers
Demonstration of Isfahan education staff despite repressive measures, arrest of dozens of protesters
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Protests continue over arrests of Ahvaz steel workers

On Saturday, families, and colleagues of the workers of Iran National Steel Industrial Group arrested by security forces gathered in front of the Khuzestan province governor's office and protested to the continued incarceration of their coworkers and loved ones. The protesters held banners which read: “Imprisoned workers must be freed” and “Workers don’t belong in prison.”
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Truck drivers’ nationwide strike, farmers other deprived people’s protests
Iran: Fifth round o truckers’ new nationwide strike

Truck drivers throughout Iran have launched a new, fifth round of nationwide strikes across the country . According to previously made arrangements, truckers will be on strike until December 31.
The drivers are protesting low wages as prices are skyrocketing throughout the country.
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Protests in Tehran, Ahvaz and Tabriz
On Sunday, protests by workers and other underprivileged classes of the Iranian population continued in several cities.
Truck drivers’ strike continues
Iran’s truckers, who had previously declared a 10-day strike, entered the second day of their protests. According to local reports, truck commutes in many of the country’s highways had stopped altogether. The strike of truck drivers has also spread to many other cities including Mashhad, Isfahan, Sari, and Bushehr.
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Teachers’ protests show the Iranian regime’s deadlock
Since the beginning of the year, teachers of Iran have been intermittently demonstrating and going on strike to protest against the trampling of their rights by the Iranian regime. More recently, the teachers of Isfahan came to the streets and gathered in front of the offices of the education ministry to protest against the Iranian regime’s lack of response to their demands.
The demands of the teachers and education workers included the release of their imprisoned colleagues, health insurance for retired teachers, the increase of the budget of the education sector and the increase of the salaries of teachers and university professors.
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Political prisoner voices support for protesting Ahvaz steel workers
Political prisoner Abolghasem Fouladvand, currently held in Gohardasht (Rajaie Shahr) prison of Karaj, west of Tehran, wrote a letter expressing his support for the protests staged by employees of the National Steel Group in Ahvaz, southwest Iran. Fouladvand also condemned the mass arrest of these workers who have been on strike for more than a month.

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UK labor unions voice support for arrested workers in Iran
he Trade Union Congress (TUC), one of the largest labor unions in England and Wales with 5.6 million members, issued a statement condemning the Iranian regime’s ongoing crackdown of workers, college students and other protesters across Iran. The TUC also expressed its solidarity with employees of the National Steel Group in Ahvaz and Haft Tapeh sugarcane mill in Shush, both in Khuzestan province of southwest Iran. The TUC condemned the raids by security forces into the homes of many protesting steelworkers across Ahvaz and their arrests, emphasizing the apprehended workers must be immediately released.
The statement reads:

Iran: Protests reports from numerous cities across the country
As we near the first anniversary of the Dec/Jan uprising that shook the very pillars of the mullahs’ regime in Iran, people from all walks of life are launching protests and strikes, courageously making their demands heard.
Employees of the Arian Foolad (Steel) Buin Zahra, west of Tehran, rallied on Wednesday outside the mayor’s office, expressing their support for and solidarity with the protesting National Steel Group employees in Ahvaz, southwest Iran.
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Condemnation of the Arrest of Dozens of Workers of Iran’s Ahvaz Steel
Workers of Iran’s Ahvaz Steel National Industrial Group have been on strike for 40 days. We were informed that dozens of workers were arrested by Iranian regime’s security forces on Sunday night, 16 December 2018.
Many workers have been protesting every day and chanting slogans such as "We stand, we die, we do not accept humiliation; neither threat, nor prison, they are no longer useful; student, worker, unity; imprisoned worker must be freed; imprisoned student must be freed; neither ruler nor the state, can overcome the worker; neither ruler, nor the state, think about the nation; inflation, high prices, respond Rouhani; our country is a thief house; it's unique in the world; liar Rouhani…
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More Iranian steel workers arrested in second night of raids in Ahwaz
Suppressive security forces of the ruling religious fascism in Iran conducted midnight raids in Ahwaz on Monday for the second consecutive night. The raids targeted the homes of Iranian National Steel Industries Group (INSIG) workers and led to the arrest of more workers. Dozens of workers arrested Sunday night and Monday are still in detention. Many workers are spending nights outside their homes to avoid arrest.
The steelworkers are entering the 39th day of their strike and protest action despite the repressive actions of the regime. They announced that they will continue to strike until the last steelworker is freed from detention.
Hundreds of pensioners protesting outside the regime’s Parliament in Tehran voiced their support for the striking Ahwaz steelworkers on Tuesday morning. The protesters shouted: “From Ahwaz to Tehran, workers are in jails”; “Free the steelworkers”; “Imprisoned workers must be freed”; “Imprisoned teachers must be freed”; “Government engages in crimes, parliament supports it”; “Free insurance is our right”; “The enemy is here, they lie to us that it’s America”.
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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
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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
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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
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Numerous protests reported in Tehran, other cities

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:

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#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:
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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.”
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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.
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Iranian Students Protest Ahead of Student Day
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”.
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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.
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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.
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Dec. 3, 2018 
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.
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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.
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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.
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