Iran’s Truck Driver’s Strike Continues to Cripple Iran
On Friday, October 5th, American Thinker published a piece by Hassan Mahmoudi entitled “Striking truck-drivers crippling Iranian regime”. In the piece, Mahmoudi examines the impact of the rapidly escalating truck driver’s strike in Iran and explores the regime’s responses.
Oct 4 – #Iran
Thousands of truck drivers are on a nationwide strike demanding higher wages, lower prices for spare parts & tires, and for authorities to start responding to their demands & not provide hollow promises.#IranianTruckersOnStrike pic.twitter.com/1jqLZ9AtFm
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) October 4, 2018
Truck drivers across Iran are parking their vehicles across busy streets in protest at the rising business costs associated with the logistics industry.
Specifically, the protestors grievances lie in corrupt officials, rising fuel costs, high repair costs, low salaries, and poor road conditions. The national tax department has also imposed unjust taxes on truck drivers, forcing an already underpaid sector into dire financial circumstances.
— MEKIran (@MEK_Iran) October 5, 2018
The drivers are demanding management change within the extensively corrupt Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization.
Mahmoudi cites several reports indicating that the strike has had a profound impact on the national economy. Cargo terminals across the country are inactive or closed as protestors in 259 towns and cities have stopped working.
In response to the escalating threat to the economy, Supreme Leader Khamenei’s Chief Prosecutor, General Montazeri, announced the arrest and execution of those involved.
His statement read, “they [the protesting truck drivers] are subject to the rules and regulations of banditry and the punishment of the bandits according to the law is very severe, sometimes resulting in the death penalty”.
The aggressive statement from Montazeri represents a U-turn for the Iranian regime. Just two days previously the regime was denying the existence of the strike.
The transportation director-general of Fars province had referred to the strikes as nothing more than “rumours”.
Support from the President-Elect, Maryam Rajavi
Hail to the truck drivers who are on strike. The mullahs’ dastardly threats against them signal the regime’s deepening crisis. The regime neither wants, nor is able to respond to their legitimate demands, which could only be realized under freedom and popular sovereignty#Iran
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) September 29, 2018
Maryam Rajavi denounced the threats of the regime as “vindictive” and saluted the truck drivers for their defiance. She urged the Iranian youth to stand with the striking drivers in their crusade to end corruption.
She added that the real bandits in Iran were the mullahs, who use their repressive and violent regime to silence the demands of the Iranian people.
Finally, Ms. Rajavi called on human rights groups to respond to the calls of the Iranian people. She urged them to intervene to secure the release of Iranian prisoners and pressure the international community to take action against the bloody and corrupt clerical regime. There should be no place at the table for a regime that threatens protestors with execution.