Round up of Iran Protests: September 21-29
Reports from Iran, obtained by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), indicate protests by all walks of life continue across Iran. These protests are due to the regime’s wrong economic policies and systematic corruption which have destroyed the country’s economy, adding more pressure on the Iranian people.
Economic grievances triggered the major Iran protests in November 2019, which rattled the regime’s foundations. Thus, the ongoing protests and people’s increasing hatred of the regime have terrified the officials.
State media, which call people’s rising hatred of the regime “mistrust,” have been warning officials of another uprising. In this regard, the Aftab-e Yazd daily on Monday, in an article titled as “Trust crisis in the society,” wrote: “The society is suffering from a crisis of trust these days. This means people have completely lost their trust in [regime] officials. Thus, no matter what this government does, it will not be able to regain this lost trust. People have no confidence in what the officials have said or promised. This mistrust causes the worst economic damage to society and will create political, cultural, psychological crises.”
A glance at the following reports of the protests as reported by the MEK during the last week confirms the mullahs’ concern of the Iranian restive society.
On Tuesday, September 29, workers of the Mahabad sugar factory, in Kurdistan province, western Iran, went on strike. These workers are protesting the non-payment of wages and the dismissal of several of their colleagues.
Reports from Iran indicate that protest by the workers of Ahvaz Ramin power plant, in Khuzestan province, southwest Iran, continues. They demand authorities provide job and livelihood security to them, due to the transfer of 49% of the shares of this power plant to the private sector. They continued their protest on Tuesday.
Protest by the workers of Ahvaz Ramin power plant
On Monday, September 28, a group of nurses and medical staff of the Rohani Hospital in Babol, Mazandaran province, northern Iran, held a protest, demanding their delayed paychecks and bonuses.
They said: “As we have accepted the hard and unbearable working conditions to help COVID-19 patients, you [official] should be more diligent in securing our rights.”
Also on Monday, September 28, a group of family members of the retired workers of Foulad company, rallied in front of the regime’s Interior Ministry, asking for their wages claims to be addressed.
On Sunday, September 27, members of the Association of Environmental Activists with the residents of Nivan Nar village in Golpayegan city of Isfahan province, central Iran, held a protest rally in front of the heavy machinery. They demanded a halt to the construction of an industrial ranch 5 km from the village.
The industrial farm that is planned to be built in this area will hold up to 10,000 cows, which will be a great economic and environmental disaster. The people of Nivan Nar village with 350 families and a population of about 1500 people and other neighboring villages are engaged in agriculture and dairy and their livelihood is tied to these two. Thus, the construction of this industrial farm could destroy the economy and result mass migration of villagers.
On Monday, September 21, workers of the Karkavan Jalili Industrial-Mining Company in the town of Savadkuh, northern Iran, went on strike. They are demanding adequate pay based on their job conditions.
Protest by workers of the Karkavan Jalili Industrial-Mining Company-Savadkuh, northern Iran—September 21, 2020
On Tuesday, September 22, workers of the Kimia Espadan Yazd Company, in the city of Yazd, central Iran, gathered inside the manager’s office protesting the officials’ refusal to pay their overdue wages.
Again, on Tuesday, a group of farmers in the village of Saleh Davood near Shush county, southwest Iran, held a rally in front of the district’s governorate office. These farmers protested the sugar beet contract signed by the Bisotoon and Islamabad Kermanshah companies.
Farmers protest in Saleh Davood village
On Wednesday, September 23, nurses and medical staff of the Ibn Sina Transplant Hospital in the city of Shiraz, central Iran, gathered in front of the Fars Medical Sciences University protesting their delayed paychecks.
Protest by Nurses and medical staff of the Ibn Sina Transplant Hospital in the city of Shiraz
On Wednesday, truck drivers in the city of Fardis near Karaj, west of the Iranian capital, Tehran, went on strike protesting low fares and high vehicle maintenance costs. This strike began following a call from the National Drivers Union for a nationwide strike.