Iran’s worker protests (file photo)
Reports tallied by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) indicate there have been various protests by all walks of life across Iran within the last few days.
Coal workers in Kerman, southeast Iran, staged a protest rally on Monday to protest the false promises of the company’s CEO.
On Tuesday, November 24, a group of lawyers, members of the Khuzestan Bar Association, held a protest gathering in front of the association’s building in the Amaniyeh neighborhood of Ahvaz, southwest Iran. “The rally is held in protest to the parliament’s decision to amend the executive law of the policies of Article 44, according to which the Bar Association is considered a kind of business,” said the representative of the protesting lawyers.
On November 24, drivers distributing state-run Donyay-e Eghtesad daily in provinces went on strike. These drivers are protesting the coronavirus restrictions, preventing them from distributing newspapers.
Newspapers have been among the top occupations since the government imposed the coronavirus restrictions. Thus, they can continue to operate during the coronavirus restrictions. In the first few days, the protesters said the newspaper’s distributors were fined despite coordination with the so-called Ministry of Islamic Guidance.
In another development, on Wednesday, workers of Exir Sanat Company went on strike in phase 13 of the South Pars Tonbak wharf, southwest Iran for not receiving their wages for three months.
On Wednesday, November 25, medical students at Hamedan university in northwest Iran staged a protest against the new change in how the university’s exams are held. Protesting students chanted slogans against the university officials and called for the resignation.
On Wednesday, locals in Behbahan, southwest Iran, commemorated Morteza Farajnia, five years after his death by the State Security Forces (SSF) in front of the Bid-e Boland refinery. The protesting local youths also said despite the Bid-e Boland refinery being near them, most of the city’s youth are unemployed. They also stressed that employment in local industries is the right of locals, adding, “The youth of this city should not be displaced to work in other towns and provinces when the Bid-e Boland refinery is in the region.
On December 15, 2015, the residents of Behrohan Shahroui village gathered in front of the Bid-e Boland 2 gas refinery and demanded work. During the rally, repressive SSF forces opened fire on the protesters, killing Morteza Farajnia and wounding two others.
In another development on Wednesday, locals in Agh-Mashhad village in Sari, capital of Mazandaran province, northern Iran, protest against the endowment of forests and pastures, clashed with the director-general of the endowments of Mazandaran. They did not allow him to move his car.
The Iranian regime officials, particularly Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, have confiscated large parts of Iran’s natural resources and lands under the pretext of taking them as endowments. Astan-e Quds Razavi (AQR), one of the most longstanding financial and religious foundations in Iran, under Khamenei’s direct supervision, controls a large amount of endowment.
According to a special report by the Iranian Resistance, “Astan-e Quds Razavi has various lands, gardens, wells and aqueducts across Iran; plus 300,000 tenants from Hamadan, East Azerbaijan, Golestan, Gilan to Tehran, Semnan, and Yazd. The estimated value of Astan-e Quds Razavi’s lands is around 20 billion dollars, to say nothing of its other possessions.”
The ongoing protests in Iran by all walks of life indicate that all people consider the regime as the root of all economic problems, not sanctions, despite its propaganda. Mullahs’ regime has destroyed Iran’s economy and will continue misusing the country’s vast natural resources and wealth to fund its terrorist activities. Thus, the solution to Iran’s economic hardships is the downfall of the regime.