Jewelers in five major Iranian cities have launched an extensive strike in reaction to plans by the regime to raise taxes. The protests, which began last week in some parts of the country, continued into Sunday.
Tehran, Mashhad, Shiraz, Tabriz and Ardebil were reported to be the main areas where strikes are occurring, according to obtained reports and state-run new agencies in Iran.
In Tehran, strikers gathered at Tehran’s Bazaar and in front of Sabzeh Meydan market, putting the regime on alert because of the density of the population in addition to the tens of thousands of customers who visit the bazaar daily.
In the northeastern city of Mashhad, protestors staged their strike at Khosravi, Arg, and 38-metri streets. The city’s jewelers have reportedly announced that they are protesting to lack of job security and the death of one of their own, which has not be investigated yet, in addition to the tax hikes.
Jewelers in the southern city of Shiraz began their strike on Thursday at the Ahmadi juncture and Mollasadra Street, among other places. They were still on strike on Sunday and have announced that they will continue their protest.
Merchants at Tabriz’s bazaars started their strike on Saturday, saying that they will not back down until the regime has abandoned plans to raise taxes completely. According to obtained reports, Amir Kabir, Mohammadi, Amir and Qataran bazaars are completely closed.
In addition, one of Ardebil’s most important and oldest jewelry bazaars has been on strike since Wednesday.
Ardebil and Tabriz are both situated in northwestern Iran.
State-run news agencies were forced to cover the story, complaining that “some jewelers” have closed down shop to protest the implementation of the “law.”
The website Tabnak, run by the regime’s former Revolutionary Guards commander, Mohsen Rezai, wrote, “Some jewelers are repeating the events of two years ago, and are refusing to comply with the law.”