Saturday, May 19, 2018

#Ramadan conference in #Paris supports #regimechange in #Iran& #peace across the #MiddleEast

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In an Iftar conference held in France titled “Islam’s Message of Peace and Freedom,” the Iranian Resistance and representative from different Muslim communities and Arab countries expressed solidarity with the Iranian Resistance, and support for regime change in Iran and the end of Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East and across the world.

In her keynote address to the conference, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), reminded that in Iran, the first day of Ramadan was marked with the Iranian regime’s violent clampdown on protests in Kazerun, which has so far left three dead, dozens injured, and many more arrested, and reiterated her call for the United Nations to dispatch an investigative delegation and demand the immediate release of the arrested.

For my compatriots in Iran, especially the freedom-loving youths who have risen up in protest, I wish you victory in overcoming the mullahs’ religious tyranny,” Mrs. Rajavi said. “May God’s mercy and compassion lead the Iranian people’s struggle and suffering to final victory: freedom.”

Mrs. Rajavi reminded that the true message of Islam is the peace and freedom, the mullahs ruling Iran have used religion as a tool to push the people’s lives into distress. “Iran’s needy have reached the point where they have to sell their kidneys and corneas. Mothers have become so devastated that they sell their unborn fetuses,” she said, adding that the mullahs are “the worst enemies of God and His people.”

The Iranian regime has plundered the wealth of the Iranian people to fuel its wars in other countries such as Syria and Iraq, Mrs. Rajavi said, stressing that “The overthrow of the mullahs’ regime will shape the destiny of Iran and the entire Middle East.”

The conference took place at a time where the international community is seeking a response to the various threats posed by the Iranian regime. Recently, the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal forged between Iran and world powers because it failed to address the main concerns that the world is faced with in respect to the Iranian regime.

“[The] elimination of the Iranian regime’s terrorism and nuclear threat is only possible by getting rid of the entire regime,” Mrs. Rajavi said. “Peace, democracy, security and stability in the Middle East necessarily depend on ending the rule of religious dictatorship and fascism in Iran.”

Former Algerian Prime Minister Sid Ahmed Ghozali, who also spoke at the event, stressed that the Iranian regime is helping slaughter the people of Syria. He also said that the Iranian resistance is the exact opposite of the mullahs’ regime in every respect and called all advocates of liberty to “support the Iranian Resistance.” “They are the true defenders of the message of an Islam of peace and liberty,” he said.

Prominent members of the Syrian opposition also attended the conference and stressed that the fate and freedom of the Iranian and Syrian people are tied together.

Mohamad Nazir Hakim, Secretary General of Syrian Coalition, also spoke about the role of the Iranian regime in plunging Syria in devastation and chaos. “Iran's regime uses its nation's wealth to slaughter our people,” Hakim said. “But Syria's dictator will not remain forever. We know that victory is going to arrive soon.”

Hakim also called on the Western states not to close their eyes on the crimes of the Iranian regime in his country and called on the international community to take an active role in expelling the Iranian regime’s militias from Syria.

Hakim also praised the Iranian people for standing up against the oppression of the Iranian regime and called for the support of the Iranian Resistance. “The NCRI is the true alternative of the mullahs’ regime,” he said.

Link of the text of her remarks to this gathering

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Iranians To Hold Annual Gathering In Paris Calling For Regime Change In Iran

“Free Iran 2018 / The Alternative” rally scheduled for June 30th

In circumstances that protests across Iran – continuing after the Dec/Jan uprising – are rattling the very pillars of the Iranian regime, and political developments in the Middle East and throughout the globe are placing further pressure on Tehran’s mullahs, Iranian exiles from across the globe are gathering in Paris once again for the annual Iranian Resistance gathering.
Continuing its struggle for a free during the past 15 years, the Iranian Resistances seeks to establish a free Iran without any crackdown, torture or execution; based on the separation of church and state where the mullahs’ current rule is replaced by a democratic system based on the ballot box; establishing a non-nuclear Iran, becoming the epicenter of peace and friendship in the Middle East and the world over; the country’s God-given wealth not being wasted on warmongering, but to provide the population’s welfare; and a country in which equality, social justice, progress and protecting the environment will all be realized.
Certain is the fact that the Iranian regime is facing enormous obstacles and challenges both inside the country and on the global stage.
The international community is finally beginning to realize that the appeasement policy must be set aside. Freedom and democracy must be established in Iran, following regime change, in order to obtain peace and tranquility in the region.
Three principles are now proven more than ever before:
- Regime change in Iran is a dire necessity
- Regime change in Iran is at hand
- There is a viable alternative for the Iranian regime
The Dec/Jan uprising has proven that the Iranian people want this regime gone and senior official in Tehran are acknowledging this undeniable reality.
As seen most recently in Kazerun, the Iranian regime has neither the will nor the capacity to provide for the Iranian people’s rightful demands.
After nearly 40 years in power, the time has come for this regime to be set aside.
Iranian Resistance Mass Rally
June 30, 2018
Villepinte, Paris, France

The annual grand gathering of the Iranians will take place on June 30, 2018 at the Villepinte Exposition center north of Paris – France.

This year's gathering will be held circumstances of unceasing nationwide protests and uprising of the people from all walks of life and all segments of society against the religious tyranny ruling Iran and demanding regime change.

This gathering will express solidarity with the Iranian people’s long quest for freedom and democracy, and support for the democratic alternative to the current dictatorship in Iran.



An international conference was held by the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), May 2-6, 2018, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Women judges attended this conference from 80 countries around the world and exchanged views on issues of concern to women judges and jurists in different countries.
Maryam Rajavi sent a video message to this conference. Following is the text of this message:
Madam President, distinguished judges and jurists,
I would like to salute your conference and extend my profound gratitude to Ms. Susana Medina, President of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), and her colleagues and wish them success in their efforts for the conference.
This conference is a significant opportunity for raising awareness around the world on discrimination and violence against women and ways of confronting them.
Iran is one of the countries where women are the most oppressed. They are victims of violence and sexual assaults.
This situation is not due to Iranian women’s lack of awareness. On the contrary, they have an outstanding level of college education as well as cultural and intellectual progress. In fact, it is the misogynistic nature of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship that imposes and inflicts various forms of violence on Iran’s women.
The misogynist mullahs have imposed inhuman discrimination against women since they seized power in 1979. In addition, they have institutionalized such discrimination in the law.
Under the regime’s laws, women’s rights are half of men’s. The testimonies of two women are equal to the testimony of one man before the court. Also, a woman inherits half of the amount a man inherits.
Women are not entitled to divorce according to the law. They are not allowed to have a job or even leave home without their husbands’ permission. They are also deprived of engaging in a large number of jobs, including judgeship. The regime dismissed all female judges once it seized power. Women are even banned from watching football games in the stadiums.
The regime’s penal code has paved the way for murder of women by their husbands and fathers. This means that if a woman is murdered on moral grounds by her husband, father or grandfather, the murderer is not punished.
In cases of sexual assault on women, the law is lenient towards the assailants but harsh on the victim. The case of Reyhaneh Jabbari serves as an example. She defended herself against rape which led to the death of the assailant. After seven years of imprisonment, she was executed at the age of 26, despite public outrage.
The mullahs have also inflicted extensive poverty and prostitution on women. For years, young women are being trafficked to neighboring countries. International reports confirm that Iran is one of the main transit routes and centers for sex trafficking.
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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Iran Freedom Convention In Washington D.C & Maryam Rajavi's Message

Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights and Democracy was held on Saturday, May 5, 2018,  in Washington, D.C.  Delegations representing Iranian communities, youths and women attended the convention from various states. ‌A number of prominent US dignitaries and officials attended and addressed the convention, as well.

At the Iran Freedom Convention for Democracy and Human Rights on Saturday, May 5, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani made a stirring speech in favour of regime change in Iran brought by the people and their organised resistance forces, including the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
Giuliani, a keen supporter of the MEK, explained that freedom, a beloved American value, was a bipartisan issue, noting that the attendees at the Washington convention came from both sides of the aisle.
Giuliani told the crowd that freedom was sorely lacking under the Iranian Regime, with the people facing restrictions on their religion, their clothing, and almost every aspect of the lives. This is especially prevalent in the political arena, as the Regime banned the MEK as a political group in the 1980s.
MEK members or supporters are subject to persecution, arrest, and even execution by the Regime. In 1988, the Regime executed 30,000 MEK members in just a few months and have not been brought to justice for it.
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In a video message to the convention, Maryam Rajavi told the participants:

From afar, but among you in spirit, I salute you-- all of you who have come to Washington from different states across America--on your magnificent convention. You demonstrate to the world the Iranian people’s resolve to establish a free, democratic, and non-nuclear Iran.
At a time when a widespread, far-reaching protest movement, led by Iran’s valiant women, youth, and rebel units, has hemmed in the ruling theocracy, I would like to take this opportunity to say a few things about the correct policy on Iran.
The America's Mayor, Rudy Giuliani took the stage as keynote speaker at the Iran Freedom Convention and expressed his support for the Iranian people and called for a Free Iran, he asked US media to go to Paris and participate in the Grand Gathering of the Iranian people this summer.
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Bi-Partisan support for the 2018 Iran Freedom Convention

Washington, May 5, 2018 - A bi Partisan support for the 2018 Iran Freedom Convention was announced at the Iranian gathering in Washington. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa said in her message to the convention: "..You are here and you continue to be the voice of Iranian people, now together with the people marching in Iran.."

Also in a message to the convention, Rep Lacy Clay, Democrat from MO said in his message: "I will continue to stand with you and the brave Iranian people who are destined to be free."

At the convention also Rep McClintock (R-CA) sent his message: "The growing street protests across Iran makes it obvious that the desire and will of the Iranian people is for a free, open and democratic government"

And Rep Cohen (D-TN) said: "As the Co-Chair of the Congressional Iran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus, it is an honor to greet you today. I strongly support a Iran that is democratic, secular, and non-nuclear."

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas ( D-TX) sent her message to the convention of the Iranian American in Washington: "Congratulations on your 2018 Iran Freedom Convention...The Organization of Iranian American Communities (OIAC) has been stalwart in advocating for world peace and security"

“...Please know that you have friends and supporters in the US Congress, willing to work toward peace and stability in Iran...” Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) said.

And Rep. Ileana Ros Lehtinen (R-FL) said: “...You are here and you continue to be the voice of Iranian people, now together with the people marching in Iran...”

Friday, May 4, 2018

Iran-Senior PMOI/MEK member Marzieh Rezaei passes away in Albania

Ms. Marzieh Rezaei, a member of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) Central Council, passed away this morning, May 4, 2018, in Albania following a long struggle against cancer.

Born in 1968 into the renowned Rezaei family who have lost many members in the Iranian people’s plight for freedom, Marzieh became familiar with the PMOI/MEK and their devotion for their nation from an early age. After joining the organization she was seen actively accepting a variety of responsibilities.

During the Iraqi forces’ July 2009 attack on Camp Ashraf – former PMOI/MEK site in Iraq – Ms. Rezaei courageously stood shoulder to shoulder with her colleagues to defend their home and rights. Following the Iraqis’ ground assault Ms. Rezaei joined a large number of other PMOI/MEK members launching a hunger strike protesting the atrocity. Despite the deterioration of her health after a long hunger strike, Ms. Mraziah was always there as an inspiration to her friends and colleagues.

After a heinous crime by the mullahs' regime mercenaries in Camp Ashraf in Iraq on Sept. 1st, 2013, in which 52 PMOI/MEK members were brutally gunned down in cold blood, she, along with hundreds of other PMOI members and supporters from around the world went on hunger strike which lasted her 92 days.

And despite all the pains, she also set an example of high spirits in her struggle against struggle cancer.

Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian Resistance expressed her utmost condolences to all PMOI/MEK members and heroic Rezaei family, especially her mother.

The fighting spirit seen in the heroic Marzieh during her years of perseverance in Iraq, and her endurance in the face of cancer, eternally places her alongside the renowned Rezaie family martyrs, Mrs. Rajavi said.

PMOI/MEK Secretary General Ms. Zahra Merikhi hailed Ms. Rezaei, describing her as a genuine example of heroism, perseverance and fighting spirit against the religious fascism ruling Iran.

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#Iran,reports& #news of #strikes& #protests on May 2018

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Shahroud [Shahrud] locals against relocation of Road & Const. Dept.

Reported by PMOI/MEK inside Shahrud
Iran, May 20, 2018 - For the third consecutive day a large crowd of locals in Shahroud, northeast Iran, rallied in the city on Sunday, protesting plans by authorities to transfer the city’s Road and Construction Department to Semnan, the capital of their province.
Demonstrators were seen gathering at the entrance of the city market located on “22 Bahman” Street.
All store-owners and bazaar merchants in Shahroud’s fruit market have closed their shops and joined the protesters’ ranks.
Saturday’s demonstrations saw protesters completely blocking the 22 Bahman Street and continuing to express their protests throughout the city.
Protesters had also rallied on Friday night.
Iranian regime authorities are now pointing fingers in this regard, concerned these protests in Shahroud will gain strength, similar to the scenes witnessed in Kazeroun, southern Iran.
Shahroud is the largest city in Semnan Province, with access to the east and west parts of this governorate. As a result, placing the provincial Road and Construction Department in this city is completely logical and transferring it to another city has raised protests and tensions amongst the locals.

Kazerun protests: The bigger picture

On Saturday, May 19, the people of Kazerun, continued their uprising against the suppressive regime's actions and killing and detaining their children by chanting “My detained brother must be freed!”, gathering and protesting in Shohada Square and in front of the judiciary of the mullahs regime. Kazerun shopkeepers also closed their shops and the pressure of intelligence agents to force them to open the shops did not succeed. The regime's agents, especially the intelligence agents, were deceptively trying to end the protests, but people are demanding the delivery of the bodies of the

martyrs and the release of the arrested. A number of protesters were martyred during a demonstration of the people of Kazerun on Wednesday that became bloody by shooting of the repressive forces. Ali Mohammadian Azad and Omid Yousefian are two of the martyrs of Kazerun's uprising. Omid Yusefian, who was shot on Wednesday by the Revolutionary Guards, died on Saturday due to the severity of the injuries sustained.

On Friday, the risen people of Kazerun turned the city into a scene of confronting the totality of the oppressive apparatus of the clerical regime. Revolutionary Guards, Basijis, plainclothes and anti-riot guards, who were sent from other cities to Kazerun, were deployed in the city's central locations and closed streets leading to Friday's prayer show. Nevertheless, the risen people broke up the hypocritical Friday prayer’s show by chanting slogans. The gathering in the Al-Nabi mosque, where the governor was supposed to speak, was disrupted with the slogan "The incompetent governor must be executed!” The attacks of repressive forces on protesters on the Shohada Street led to widespread street clashes and skirmishes. By burning tires, people blocked the path of repressive forces’ vehicles and defended themselves with stone and wood and breaking the mosaics of the streets.
In blind attacks, the mercenaries broke the glasses of parked car windows in parking lots. During the clashes on Thursday and Friday, a number of repressive forces’ vehicles and several centers of looting and government crackdown were set on fire.

The protests continued Friday night until Saturday morning. In Simashahr Square, people chanted slogans against the mercenary attacks: “Do not be afraid we are all together; and we are children of war, let’s fight”. At Quds intersection, the shooting of repressive forces on the protesters led to clashes where in addition to wounding the youth, a number of plainclothes and intelligence agents of the regime were also wounded. In the clashes on Thursday, the courageous young people also beat some of the murderers and forced them to flee. The injured mercenaries were transferred by a bus to Nourabad Mamassani.

According to the government IRNA news agency, Mullah Khorsand, whose speech was constantly interrupted by the protesters, said in today’s Friday prayer in Kazerun about the “attempt of some people to set the Friday prayer’s place on fire” that, "Some people on Friday morning broke one of the doors of the Friday prayer’s place in Kazerun and threw firebombs inside, which resulted in a serious damage to an air conditioner.
" The same news agency quoted Hadi Pajouhesh Jahromi, the deputy governor of Fars province, as saying: "The protesters burned a bank building on Friday morning and damaged the public property ".

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, saluted the brave martyrs and the mourning people of Kazerun on Thursday, calling for the immediate release of the arrested and called on all fellow citizens to help the wounded. In this regard, Mrs. Rajavi urged the sending of a United Nations research mission and a representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The protests and demonstrations of the people and the brave youth of Kazerun continued on Thursday night, May 17, and Friday morning. This was in spite of the fact that earlier, scores of the Revolutionary Guards, Basijis and special anti-riot units from different cities, including dozens of vehicles and buses from Isfahan anti-riot forces, were transferred to Kazerun.

In Tehran, for the second day, store owners of the most crowded Bazaar are unwilling to open their shops in protest to current economic conditions and inaction of the government to deal with it. Bazaar is known to be a key factor in the uprisings and many other business owners are taking part in it.

Isfihan truckers strike day2
A large number of truck drivers in Isfahan have stopped working in protest to low fares and no action being taken by the government.

Nationwide protests signal the Iranian regime’s domestic crisis
A group of farms in Ahvaz held a rally outside the governor’s office protesting and demanding a ban be lifted on the planting of various crops.
In Yasuj, many locals and residents of nearby villages rallied again outside the governor’s office protesting the lack of minimum necessities after a recent earthquake destroyed or severely damaged their homes.
A group of “Sahame Edalat” employees rallied in Tehran from across the country, protesting outside the Privatization Organization building about the limbo status of their jobs and not receiving their pensions.
Reports indicate a group of store-owners in Tehran’s Abbas Abad textile bazaar went on strike on Saturday.
On this same day in Malayer employees of the Kian Kord Company began protesting and demanding their delayed paychecks.
In Tehran, clients of the Caspian Institute credit firm held a rally outside the regime’s judiciary office.
In Eslamshahr, employees of the Taravros Company and the Abineh rail company held a gathering protesting not receiving their paychecks for the past four months.
A group of rice farmers held a rally Saturday outside governor’s office in Ahvaz, demanding their share of agricultural water for their farms.
Students of Mashhad’s Ferdowsi University held a gathering on Saturday morning protesting an increase in tuitions.
In Tehran, employees of the “Bagh Ketab” construction project rallied and demanded paychecks delayed for the past 11 months. They are currently on strike for the past few days.
In Khorramabad, employees of the Sadr Steel Factory are protesting their expulsion from work and demanding their delayed paychecks.
In Ahvaz, families of the protesters arrested during the Dec/Jan uprising rallied once again the regime’s so-called court. The fate of those arrested in this city during that period remains unknown.
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Protest gatherings in Ghazvin, Ahwaz, Mashhad and Tehran

May 11, 2018 - Several protest gatherings took place in various cities across Iran on Thursday:
Workers of the "Iran Ghooti" Factory in the city of Ghazvin, northwestern Iran, gathered to continue their protest against their indeterminate work conditions and uncertainty about their life sustenance.
In the city of Ahwaz, in southwestern Iran, workers at the Ramin Veis Power Plant went on strike for not receiving their salaries and benefits.
A group of nurses in Mashhad, northeastern Iran, staged a protest gathering.
In the capital, Tehran, bus drivers for the Melli University bus service, went on strike for not receiving their paychecks. They operated their buses without allowing any passengers on board.

The 26th day of general strike of Bazaar merchants and store-owners in Baneh

May 11, 2018 -merchants, and store-owners in Baneh, Kurdistan province continued their 26th consecutive day of the general strike demanding the reopening of the Iran-Iraq border pass & protesting skyrocketing custom tariffs.

Worshipers in the city of Baneh on Friday, May 21st boycotted a Friday prayer sermons led by a mullah who is assigned to this city by the supreme leader Ali Khamenei.  The protesters demanded the reopening of the border passed in their area for commercial business.

Several protest gatherings took place in various cities across Iran on Thursday:

May 11, 2018 -Workers of the "Iran Ghooti" Factory in the city of Ghazvin, northwestern Iran, gathered to continue their protest against their indeterminate work conditions and uncertainty about their life sustenance.
In the city of Ahwaz, in southwestern Iran, workers at the Ramin Veis Power Plant went on strike for not receiving their salaries and benefits.
A group of nurses in Mashhad, northeastern Iran, staged a protest gathering.
In the capital, Tehran, bus drivers for the Melli University bus service, went on strike for not receiving their paychecks. They operated their buses without allowing any passengers on board.

Farmers protest rally in northwestern Iran

May 11, 2018 - Farmers of Naghadeh and Oshnavieh cities in Kurdistan province, northwestern Iran, gathered on Wednesday, May 9th in front of the sugar factory in their city, and blocked the authorities from moving the sugar out of the factory. The farmers are demanding their money for the sugarcane they sold to the factory.
The farmers continued their protest, despite a heavy presence of intelligence and security agents of the mullahs' regime who were trying to stop the protest.

Nationwide protests of teachers with the slogan: Political prisoners must be freed

May 10th, the working and retired educators in at least 32 cities in different parts of the country, including Tehran, Arak, Qazvin, Zanjan, Kermanshah, Isfahan, Homayoun Shahr, Shiraz, Mamasani, Shahreza, Shahrekord, Mashhad, Bojnourd, Birjand, Kazeroun, Saghez, Baneh, Sanandaj, Dehgolan, Marivan, Mahabad, Ghorveh, Ziviah, Divandareh, Tabriz, Rasht, Sari, Khoram Abad, Behbahan, Bandar Abbas, Bushehr and Hamedan, staged gatherings in protest to very low salaries, difficult livelihood and deprivation of minimum job benefits including efficient health insurance, and lack of job security and disregard for their demands.
In Tehran, the gathering was held in front of the parliament and the regime's Planning and Budget Organization. They chanted slogans such as: Efficient insurance is our absolute right; Imprisoned teachers should be freed.  The teachers carried placards which read: Teachers, Workers, Students, United; Salary above the poverty line is the right of teachers; Bread, Labor, Freedom, Educational Justice; Access to quality, free and fair education is the right of all children. Repressive forces attacked the rally to disperse them. People confronted them by chanting: Our cries are because of all this injustice. In the attack, dozens were arrested and a number were injured. The eye of a female teacher was torn due to the severity of the blows. In order to prevent the spread of the news of this protest gathering, the mercenaries beat up the people and seized their mobile phones.
Teachers’ protests were held in front of the General Directorate of Education in different cities of the country.
In Kazeroon, the teachers gathered and chanted: Teacher dies, but does not accept discrimination; Imprisoned teachers must be freed. One of the placards read: The teacher's place is in the classroom, not in prison.
In Sari, the teachers staged their gathering while chanting: "Free Imprisoned Teachers" and "Salaries above poverty line is the right of teachers and retirees;" and "Standard schools are the right of students and teachers".
In Mamasani, the educators carried placards which read: The teacher’s place is in a classroom, not in a travel agency.
In Hamedan, the teachers carried a placard which read: "The enemies of teachers are the enemies of this homeland."
In Isfahan, the teachers chanted: The teacher is awake and hates discrimination and poverty; our salaries are paid in Rial, while the costs are in Dollar; We don’t want incompetent minister. They carried placards which read: We demand that all forms of discrimination (ethnic, gender, religious, class) be eliminated from the structure of the educational system of the country; Independent and free form of organization is our right. They also called for free, high-quality and fair education.
In Marivan, teachers, in the placard they carried, condemned the suppression of teachers’ gatherings in Tehran.
In Mashhad, the educators carried placards which read: Stop privatization of education. They demanded free education up to the end of high school and development of higher education in the country.
In Kermanshah, the protesters carried placards which read: Independent organization is our absolute right. They called inattention to education as the cause of poverty, injustice, discrimination and embezzlement.
In Shiraz, referring to the difficult livelihood of educators and the horrific situation of education, the speakers pointed out the thefts by the government officials.
In Bushehr, teachers staged a symbolic funeral ceremony for destruction of the education in the country.
In Khorramabad, the placards read: Efficient insurance is the teacher's right.
In Bojnourd, the agents of the repressive forces surrounded the gathering to prevent taking any photo or video from the gathering.
While saluting the working and retired teachers and educators, the Iranian Resistances calls on all the people, especially the youth, to show their solidarity with the educators who are deprived of their most basic rights and live in a very difficult situation. The unity of all oppressed walks of society guarantees Iran's liberation from the misery of the mullahs’ regime and the establishment of democracy and freedom and well-being for all the people of Iran.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 10, 2018

protest gatherings in Tehran, Dezful, Gorgan, and Naghadeh

May 7, 2018 – following an advance call, plundered shareholders of a variety of financial institutions gathered in front of the Iranian regime Majlis (parliament) on Monday, May 7th.
In Dezful, southern Iran, the looted investors of Mellal credit institution gathered in protest in front the Taleghani branch of this institution.

Strikes Continues For 23rd Day In Baneh Despite Repressive Measures

On Monday, in spite of hollow promises and repressive measures undertaken by the Iranian regime, shopkeepers and marketers in the western city of Baneh continued their strike for the twenty-third to protest at closing of borders and raising tariffs and extortions from border porters and small businesses.
During the past days, the regime’s security forces have arrested a number of strikers who did not give into the pressures by the regime's intelligence ministry. A number of others have been put under prosecution.
On Friday night, May 4, there was a clash between the people and the repressive forces that lasted till morning, during which at least ten protesters were arrested.
While saluting the people and the striking shopkeepers and marketers of Baneh, the Iranian Resistance calls for support and solidarity with the border porters and strikers and calls on all international human rights advocates to take urgent action for the immediate release those detained during these protests.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 7, 2018

Maryam Rajavi Hails the Heroic People of Baneh

6 April 2018--  Merchants and shop owners in Baneh started the fourth week of their strike.
They are protesting the the government's plan to close the border paths in western part of the country which prevents them from importing and exporting their merchandizes, and also the increase in import tariffs.
The regime has deployed its special patrols throughout the city and the its main centers in order to create an atmosphere of intimidation.
Mullahs' agents imposed an unannounced curfew by deploying troops in various parts of the city. The vehicles of suppressive forces and (IRGC) mercenaries in front of malls, threatening to detain the people.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi tweeted:  "Hail to bazaar merchants, workers, porters and the heroic people of Baneh who started the 4th week of their strike despite repression and various pressures."

Three weeks of continuous strike
Baneh May 5, 2018- Merchants and shop owners in Baneh, west of Iran, started the 22nd day of their strike. They are protesting the closure of borders and increase in tariffs. The regime deployed its special patrols throughout the city and its main centers yesterday in order to create an atmosphere of intimidation.

Farmers in an area south of the city of Isfahan took measures to stop the flow from a local river by the authorities, protesting the transfer of water from agricultural lands to steel industry complexes and ceramic tile factories.
The farmers were confronted by security forces and the incident subsequently resulted in mild clashes.
For three months, disadvantaged farmers east of Isfahan have been protesting the lack of irrigation water necessary for their lands. Authorities have responded with heavy hands resorting to suppression, assaults and night raids targeting their homes, and the eventual arbitrary arrests.

5 May 2018- A group of people whose investments in "Afzal-e Toos" government-backed financial institution has been plundered, gathered in protest.

4 May 2018-- On Thursday, In Mashhad city Northwest of Iran,  Carton Box Manufacturing Workers gathered to protest the closure of the factory and the fact that their salary has not been paid for that last five months.
The workers were holding signs on which they had written:
What happened to our demands? What happened to my bread?
Workers hands should not be cut
The largest carton box manufacturer was shut down in silence

Protests and demonstrations in various cities on the occasion of International Workers’ Day
Labor Day March; “Detained workers must be released”; further arrests in Tehran and Saqqez

Despite the repressive measures and deceptive tactics of the Iranian regime, and despite the fact that the regime had refused to grant the workers a permit for their rally, the workers, the toilers and the looted people turned the International Workers’ Day on Tuesday, May 1st, into anti-government demonstrations in different cities to protest their catastrophic situation of work and livelihood.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, said on April 30, addressing the workers and the toilers: “The time has come for you to expand your protest movement and concentrate on the main cause of workers’ misery and destitution and to associate your protests with the nationwide struggle for regime change. Endeavoring to reach these demands is part of the struggle for the overthrow of the clerical regime”.
Some of the protest movements and demonstrations of workers and toilers on the International Workers’ Day are as follows:

1.thousands of workers, retirees, and other deprived people gathered and marched in front of the Majlis on the occasion of the International Workers’ Day and in protest of their dire livelihood. They chanted: “Detained workers should be released”; “Bread, housing and freedom is our absolute right”; “Astronomical salaries and public misery”; “Social security is our absolute right”; “Worker, teacher, student; United, United”.  The workers carried placards which read: “Workers have no food to eat yet”; “temporary contract is the worker’s slavery”. One of the workers carried a big placard which said, “Oh, the billionaire minister! I have not bought meat for forty months.”
Repressive forces attacked the workers’ rally in front of the Majlis and a number of the protesters were arrested.
Meanwhile, a large crowd of workers rallied towards the regime's ‘Worker’s House’ in Tehran to express their protest by chanting “Death to the oppressor, hail to the workers”. One of the banners carried by the workers said, “Social security is the worker’s absolute right”; “we warn the Minister of Health to abandon the workers’ fund- the workers and retirees of Pakdasht.”
2.Hundreds of workers marched in the streets of Kargar and Hafez and gathered in front of the repression organization called Workers' House on Abu Reyhan Avenue. They objected to not issuing permits for their rally. The crowd chanted: "Death to the oppressor, hail to the worker.” The workers then moved towards the Jomhouri Street. The protesters carried placards which read: worker's table is without food; launching more free zones, result in more unemployment in the country. In some places, the gathering led to tension with the intervention of the police, and a number of workers were arrested.
3.    A group of workers from the Bus Company Syndicate gathered at the Azadi Terminal in Tehran. They had a placard on which they wrote: "The International Workers’ Day: the day of unity, solidarity and justice-seeking”.  The workers chanted: "Long live workers, long live unity; hail to syndicate; Workers, workers, united, united; independent organization is our absolute right.
4.    In Yazd, a massive crowd of workers marched on Modarres Blvd. and Namaz square. They chanted: Workers are awake, they hate exploitation; with one less embezzlement, our problem will be solved; Workers, workers, united, united.
5.    In Baneh, the toilers, shopkeepers and marketers continued their strike for the 17th day. Students at Payame Noor University of Baneh supported the city marketers and shopkeepers by gathering in front of the university and setting a tablecloth with no food on it. The protests in Baneh continued during the evening with a gathering outside the governorate building. The repressive forces deployed a large number of anti-riot black vehicles full of mercenaries and intelligence agents in the main streets of the city, including around the governorate, in order to intimidate the people. Three buses of IRGC agents were stationed at the governorate. There were mercenaries on motorcycles everywhere, and the internet was cut off too.
6.    In the Naysar Township in Sanandaj, the Workers’ Day was commemorated by the rally of workers and their families. They carried placards which said: No to the killing of border porters; Workers are awake, they hate discrimination; Bread, housing, freedom;  Woman=Man.
7.    In Industrial Town1 in Sanandaj, hundreds of workers gathered. The workers marched from Industrial Town1 to Industrial Town3, joined hundreds of workers from the Industrial Town3, and held a joint celebration.
8.    In Saqqez, a gathering was held on the occasion of the Workers’ Day in Chami Vali Khan Square, which was attacked by oppressive forces and their local mercenaries. The attack led to clashes. A number of protesters were arrested.
9.    In Marivan, workers gathered at the Shabrang square and in Marivan Industrial Town on the occasion of the International Workers’ Day.
10.    In Kamyaran, workers gathered at the central square of the city on the occasion of the Workers’ Day.
11.    In Naqadeh, the workers and workers' activists commemorated the Worker's Day around the city.
12.    In Bandar Abbas, workers at the Gulf Star Oil Refinery protested. Government employers who have not paid salaries and benefits of workers for at least two months, instead of responding to the workers' problems, fired 30 of them, and this trend continues.
13.    In Qazvin, a group of workers gathered in front of the municipality.
14.    In Isfahan  the retired workers of Isfahan Steel Company gathered outside the Pension Fund building to protest against their dire livelihood conditions and the regime’s failure to address their problems.
15.    In Shoosh, a group of Haft-Tapeh sugarcane workers held a ceremony in front of the factory on April 30.
16.    In addition to the protest gatherings on the Workers’ Day, other protest rallies of the looted people continued on May 1st. In Karaj, people looted by Alborz Development Corporation gathered in front of the "House of People" in the city. The anti-riot guards threw tear gas and pepper gas at them, causing a number of people to be injured and harmed. At the same time, a large number of employees of the same institute gathered in front of the "rural cooperative" building in protest against the nonpayment of their eight months' salary.
17.    In Rasht, the people looted by Caspian institute gathered in front of the branch of the institute, throwing dirt and spoiled eggs at it. Most protesters were women. They slammed rocks at the door of institute and broke its glasses and chanted:  You dishonest thieves, give us your money.
18.    In Mashhad, a group of looted people gathered in front of the governorate. They chanted: "Rouhani, the liar; where is our money;" "Rouhani, Rouhani, shame on you; Seif, Seif (head of the central bank) down with you".
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 2, 2018

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Iran protests &strikes,A look at protests in Iran during the month of April 2018

MEK,7 May  2018- Iran witnessed 452 protest rallies throughout the month of April, meaning a daily average of 15 rallies staged by credit firm clients, farmers, merchants, students, workers and other branches of the society. Economic pressures and the Iranian regime’s repressive policies were the main focus of these gatherings, marking an increase in comparison to March.
Continued protests surged in April, in addition to women and the youth overcoming all odds to take part in most of these protests.
Here’s a statistical breakdown of April’s protest rallies:
Credit firm clients: 39 rallies
Retirees: 7
Students: 16
Teachers: 8
Workers: 109
Other sectors: 245

16th consecutive day of strike by merchants in Baneh
Report by; PMOI/MEK
30 April 2018-- Merchants and shop owners of  Baneh, in the Kurdistan province in western Iran, started their sixteenth's consecutive day of strike and protests on Monday, April 30, 2018. They are protesting against the closure of border passages, and the increase of customs dues.

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Residents of Marivan clashed with the Suppressive IRGC mercenaries

Iran, April 25, 2018 – Residents of Marivan, in Kurdistan province clashed with the suppressive state security forces last night after the IRGC shot a Kurdish man dead.
The clashes continued well into the night and stretched all the way to Bu-Ali Hospital, which is on the other side of the town.
Residents of Marivan were angry, because an IRGC commander, Col. Kaveh Kohneh-Pooshi had shot Haj Latif Nami, a resident of Marivan and had set his home on fire. The people demanded that this commander would be turned over to the authorities for his criminal act or be handed over to the people.

Escalation of protests in Iran's drought-ridden Isfahan province

- On April 13th, as farmers continued their protests against the government’s water policies in Iran’s Isfahan Province, they received a surprising blow. During a Friday prayer sermon in Isfahan on that same day, Ayatollah Yousef Tabatabaeinejad said, “As someone who has always been on the farmers’ side, I don’t think they have the right to demonstrate.
” He added, “Religious and revolutionary farmers would not do such a thing. They should separate themselves from seditious elements.”
The Iran Meteorological Organization reports that at least 97 percent of the country is experiencing drought to some degree. However, Isfahan’s farmers say that government mismanagement has exacerbated the drought, as water is diverted from the province’s main river to neighboring Yazd Province.
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Workers At Qazvin Steel Company Protest Expulsion Of Colleagues In Takestan, Iran

Apr 23, 2018-- More than 200 workers from the Qazvin Steel Company gathered on Sunday, April 22, in front of the office of the Gazvin Governor in Iran, to protest the expulsion of their colleagues.
One of the Qazvin Steel protesting workers said: “Since yesterday morning, factory managers refuse to pay at least three months of wage and salary due to shortages of funds and prevented about 100 of our colleagues to enter their workplace.
Stating that the work experience of some expelled workers reaches up to 15 years of work, the worker said: “In total, the plant has about 200 workers, which, in addition to lack of job security, the private-sector employer disregards salary payments too”.
“Workers are worried that the layoffs of workers will continue and we will see the layoffs of other contract workers in the coming weeks,” the worker said.

Retired Laborers Of Western Alborz Coal Mine In Tehran, Iran Stage Protest Demanding Retirement Claims

Apr 23, 2018-- On Sunday, April 22, 2018, a group of retired workers of Western Alborz Coal Mine located in Gilan Province gathered in front of the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization Building (IMIDRO) in Tehran, Iran.
The retired workers also gathered yesterday in front of the Iran Minerals Production and Supply Company (IMPASCO). They demanded the authorities meet their unfulfilled retirement claims.

The Protesting retirees at the Western Alborz Coal Mine have currently not received their pensions for February and March, and the Steel Fund is said to have created many problems in providing health care and welfare for the retirees.

Phase 19 workers in Asaluyeh protested by closing the gates of the factory

April 22, 2018 - A group of workers from the South Park phase 19 natural-gas project in Asaluyeh, southern Iran, gathered to protest against their layoff in front the factory entrance. Protestors closed the gate to the factory and did not allow anyone to enter or exit the premises. Workers are demanding their return to work. Government agents laid off these workers after the expansion project was completed, and are hiring their friends based on favoritism and not qualification.

Marivan University Students Support Bordering Bazaar Merchants’ Protests And Strikes In Iran

Apr 22, 2018 -- On Sunday, April 22nd, merchants and businessmen of the Baneh bazaar and market continued their nationwide strike after several consecutive days in protest to the closure of Iran’s borders and increasing tariffs. Marivan University students also expressed their support for the merchants’ strikes in the bordering towns of Iran.
The Iranian government has completely closed the borders of Baneh, Marivan, Piranhasar, and Sardasht in recent months. The closure of the borders, and especially the porters’ pathway borders, has led to a sharp rise in unemployment.

According to the representative of the city of Marivan, 8,000 people have been unemployed in the city, causing a sharp recession among merchants and businesses.
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Strike of merchants and shopkeepers in border provinces continue for one week

On Saturday, April 21, the strike of merchants and shopkeepers in the provinces of Kurdistan, Kermanshah and West Azarbaijan continued for the seventh consecutive day.
The merchants of Sare-Pol-e Zahab and Mahabad also joined the protest on Friday. Meanwhile, repressive forces have arrested a number of strikers in recent days to prevent the spread of these protests.
On Saturday, Sardasht merchants protested in front of the governorate building against rising customs duties.
In Baneh, a poor young man was arrested because he had protested in front of Saeed Jalili, Khamenei’s representative, against the killings of border porters, the hunger of the people in the area, and stoppage of their business on Wednesday, April 18. Jalili's visit to Baneh, which was aimed at deceiving the protesters and forcing them to end the strike, failed ignominiously.
In Piranshahr, regime mercenaries set fire at one of the cars of the strikers in the Kani Shinkah area in order to intimidate them.
In the border town of Bazargan (West Azerbaijan), people protested against the closure of border routes, which has been their only way of earning money and making their living, by blocking the main street of the city.
In yet another development in Sanandaj, workers from the Mohammadi manufacturing company stopped working in protest against the expulsion of one of their colleagues. Following a visit by a representative of Khamenei and the governor, one of the workers objected to the severe exploitation of the workers and the low level of wages. The employer immediately fired the worker, which provoked a strong protest by the workers.

Labor Protests At Orumieh Steel Manufacturing Factory In West Azarbaijan, Iran
On Saturday, April 21, 2018, workers at Orumieh Steel Manufacturing Factory in West Azarbaijan, Iran spread a large empty table and staged a protest sit-in and rally.

The steel manufacturing workers launched the protest in front of the Governorate of West Azerbaijan because they have not received one year of their salary and their social security premiums
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Workers Of Dam Construction Project In Piranshahr, Iran Go On Strike
The workers of the dam construction project in Piranshahr, western Iran went on strike against the lack of salary payments.
Despite threats from the government of expulsion from work, the workers of the Kani Siv dam in Piranshahr are on the fifth day of their strike as a sign of protest.

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Expelled Workers of South Pars Gas company blocked the entrance to the south pars complex
in a protest action, expelled workers of phase 19 of the South Pars Gas Complex blocked the entrance to the Complex (in Assaluyeh) and did not allow anyone to pass in or out of the complex.

The protesters have been demanding a return to their work and object to hiring non-indigenous forces instead of native people in the area.
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Workers' gathering in various Iranian cities
Workers of Dezful, a city in southwestern Iran, gathered for the fifth consecutive day on Saturday to protest against a lengthy delay in the payment of their salaries.
In Abadan, also southwestern Iran, city workers staged a protest against several months of delay in receiving their salaries.
In Sanandaj, west of Iran, a group of workers at the "Industrial Town No3" went on strike in protest to the layoff of one of their coworkers.

Workers of Sarvbad, west of Iran, went on strike to protest against their long overdue salaries.
Strikes by merchants and shop owners in Baneh, Mahabad, Sardasht and Javanrood

April 21, 2018 - Cities of Baneh, Mahabad, Sardasht and Javanrood, in western Iran, witnessed once again on Saturday, a widespread general strike by merchants and shop owners. They protested against the closure of the western border passes, which shut down their businesses solely dependent on trade with neighboring Iraq. The strike is also in protest against a sharp increase in customs duties.

New Protests In Kazerun With Chants Of "Beware Of The Day When We Take Up Arms."
On Friday, April 20, 2018, thousands of residents of Kazerun, southern Iran, staged anti-regime protests for the fifth consecutive day. People also gathered in the city's grand mosque and denounced the regime's plan to divide the city.

 The demonstration was held while the city's so-called city council, Friday prayers’ leader, and state media had announced that all gatherings were banned until the Kazerun city separation plan is determined.
Residents of Kazeroun,including a remarkable number of brave women continued their protests against segregation of the city for the fourth consecutive day.

Anti-Riot Forces Take Up Positions In Kazerun To Quell Major Protest

On Thursday, April 19, despite the presence of heavily-armed anti-riot forces, thousands of residents of Kazerun, southern Iran, turned out for a fourth consecutive day of protests over the regime’s plans to divide the city. There was a strong presence of women in the ranks of the protesters.
In one section of the city square, where the protest was being held, youth bravely chanted at the suppressive security forces:
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Women’s extensive participation in the protest in azeroun

18 April 2018-- Thousands of residents of Kazeroun, one of the major cities of Fars Province in southern Iran, staged a huge demonstration for the third consecutive day in the city’s main square. Women’s presence in this protest on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, was active and remarkable.
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Continuation Of Strikes In Kurdistan, Kermanshah And West Azarbaijan Provinces, And Arresting A Number Of Protesters

A general strike was underway in a number of western Iranian cities on Wednesday, April 18th in Marivan, Mahabad, Saqqez, and Piranshahr. Bazaar merchants and store owners in these cities were protesting to the sudden jump in customs tariffs and the closer of the border passes. All these cities are located at the Iran-Iraq border.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays, April 18 and 19, the strike of merchants and shopkeepers in the cities of the border regions of Kurdistan, Kermanshah and West Azarbaijan provinces continued in wider dimensions than before. In addition to the cities of Javanrood, Baneh, Marivan and Saghez, the merchants in the towns of Sardasht, Mahabad, Boukan and Piranshahr also joined the strikers.
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