One Year Later: A Summary of Protests in Iran in 2018
December 28th marks the one year anniversary of the nationwide uprising that mobilized people from all walks of life to take to the streets in protest of Iran’s theocratic regime. The protests began in Mashhad on December 28, 2017, and spread to over 140 cities in every province in Iran over a two week period.
Maryam Rajavi calls for support for the striking workers and urgent action to secure the release of those arrested#Iran#IranProtestshttps://t.co/rBepQKpCRu pic.twitter.com/dwN4FKwNVB
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) December 19, 2018
The initial protests were in response to the economic disaster facing the country. Poverty, corruption, inflation, and rising unemployment drove many Iranians into the streets to protests. But as the uprising grew in strength and numbers, the demonstrators began to protest the regime itself.
Protesters chanted, “Death to the dictator!”
“Death to [Supreme Leader] Khamenei!”
“Khamenei shame on you, let go of your rule!”
One year later, Iran is still the scene of daily protests and demonstrations against the authoritarian regime. The protesters have made it clear that they will not be satisfied until the ruling regime is toppled and democracy is restored to Iran.
The MEK has played a leading role in the protests taking place across Iran. As the movement to topple the mullahs’ regime has grown, the people have sought a viable alternative to the corrupt dictatorship that has destroyed Iran’s economy and environment, and that has oppressed its people for the past four decades. The MEK offers a democratic alternative that will restore freedom to Iran.
Iran News Wire summarized protest activity in Iran over the past year. The following is a summary of their report:
Recorded Protests: 643
Daily Average: 21
#IranProtests – Tehran, January 9, 2018 front of Evin Prison https://t.co/dwe8XMhcpn#تظاهرات_سراري pic.twitter.com/3HipV5hwH2
— Iran Focus (@Iran_Focus) January 9, 2018
The uprising that began in December 2017 continued into January, and protests took an anti-regime turn in the month of January. Protesters set fire to Basij bases and tore down images of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Recorded Protests: 596
Daily Average: 21
Today Wednesday February 21, 2018, some of the looted depositors of 'Caspian' & 'Arman Vahdat' financial institutions, held a protest gathering in fronot ot regime's parliament and asked 4 the recuperation of their deposts, in this protest gathering. #IranProtests #Iran #Tehran pic.twitter.com/GXAkd4SGJo
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) February 21, 2018
Recorded Protests: 422
Daily Average: 14
Recorded Protests: 452
Daily Average: 15
#Iran: Residents of Kazeroon, in southern Iran, continued their demonstrations for the sixth consecutive day on Friday, April 20, 2018. A large number of suburb residents joined the demonstrators.#IranProtests #FreeIran
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) April 21, 2018
Recorded Protests: 1,093
Daily Average: 35
Striking truck-drivers crippling #Iran regime
Despite the Iranian regime's suppressive measures, according to the #NCRI report; it began in May 2018, and now the strike covers 259 cities. #IranProtests @hassan_mahmou1https://t.co/JnyDYaVREV
— IranGathering (@IranGathering) October 5, 2018
Recorded Protests: 475
Daily Protests: 16
#IranProtests – 28 June 2018
Store owners in the capital's rug bazaar join the expanding #IranStrikes.#QAnon pic.twitter.com/50IfiXZYpf
— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) June 28, 2018
In June, bazaar merchants in Tehran launched a large-scale strike in protest of the failing economy and rising prices. Protesters in Khoramshahr took to the streets to protest water scarcity.
Protests quickly turned to calls for regime change, with chants of “Death to the Dictator!”, “Death to Rouhani!”, “Death to Khamenei!”, and “Our enemy is right here, they lie when they say it’s the U.S.!”
Women played a key role during the protests in Khorramshahr and in Khuzestan in southwest Iran.
Recorded Protests and Strikes: 970 in cities and regions
Daily Average: 31
Fourteenth Day of Strike by Truck Drivers in Cities Across #Iran
The second round of strikes by truck drivers which began on July 23rd in different cities of Iran, continued on its fourteenth day today on Sunday, August 5, 2018.#IranProtests #FreeIran2018 pic.twitter.com/ra9vp8o5CJ
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) August 6, 2018
Recorded Protests: 133
Daily Average: 20
Iran – Ahwaz
Demonstration of workers of the steel industry complex in Ahwaz for the tenth day in a row, repeating the slogan: the worker dies and will not accept humiliation
Monday 27 August 2018
#Iran #IranRegimeChange #Iranprotests #MEK #PMOI pic.twitter.com/lKFPUkt9K4
— iran panorama (@rezahoseanirad2) August 27, 2018
Recorded Protests: 1,367 in 293 cities, villages and business and industry regions
Daily Average: 46
Iran’s truck drivers began their nationwide organized strike in September.
Recorded Protests: 1,533 in 323 cities, villages, and business and industry regions
Daily Average: 49
October saw the most protest activity in Iran in 2018. Truck drivers, teachers, and bazaar merchants all went on strike in October.
Since Monday morning, 8 October, large sectors of the Tehran market and the markets of various cities have started a strike and shopkeepers have not opened their shops.
Monday October 8, 2018#IranProtests #IranStrikes pic.twitter.com/sSHSm62XYr
— iran panorama (@rezahoseanirad2) October 8, 2018
Recorded Protests: 911 in 171 cities, villages, and business and industry regions
Daily Average: 30
Iranian truck drivers went on another round of strikes in November, as did Iran’s teachers.
The workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Factory workers in Shush and the Iran National Steel Group workers in Ahvaz also began striking in protest of months of unpaid wages. Their weeks-long strikes would attract international attention.
Head of Iranian Regime’s Judiciary Threatens Striking Workers
Recorded Protests: 273 as of December 21st
Daily Average: 9
Workers, credit union clients, retirees, students, and prisoners all protesters during the month of December.
The regime arrested a number of striking Ahvaz steelworkers and Haft Tappeh factory workers in an escalation of their previous attempts to suppress the strikes. Regime agents carried out a series of midnight raids on the houses of striking workers and arrested dozens of workers. Reports indicate that labor activist Esmail Bakhshi was tortured in prison.
Iran – Ahvaz
The Ahvaz steelworkers factory who were protesting for 2 months hold rally based on previous call & despite presence of security forces & threats to arrest & suppression.
Chant:" Every workers calling for the death of tyrants"
December 15, 2018#Iran #Iranprotests pic.twitter.com/c6Kssql6bH
— iran panorama (@rezahoseanirad2) December 15, 2018
Iranian truck drivers started their fifth round of strikes this month as well. Those numbers are not included in the report, which will be updated by Iran News Wire in January.
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