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Protest by merchants in Tehran

Mrs. Rajavi Issues Statement Amidst Increased Protests, Arrests

Protest by merchants in Tehran

Merchant’s strike in Tehran protesting the decrease in value of rial versus dollar.

Merchants in Tehran and other cities in Iran went on strike on Monday, July 29th, in protest of the steep plunge of the rial and the increase of the dollar after the morning’s trading. The merchant’s strike comes at a turbulent time in Iran. Truck drivers and railway workers in Iran are both currently engaged in widespread protests as well, and the country has been in a constant state of protest since the uprising began last December.

 

On Tuesday morning, a large group of truck drivers, shop owners, and citizens and youth from the city of Isfahan marched in protest of skyrocketing prices, repeated power outages, and human rights violations by regime officials in Isfahan’s industrial district. Shopkeepers have closed their stores as part of the protests.

 

Repressive forces are on the scene, with anti-riot units stationed along different streets to disperse the protesters and prevent the demonstration from growing in size.

 

Meanwhile, merchants in Tehran have been on strike since Monday. The regime, fearing that the protests would spread, positioned police, IRGC and plainclothes mercenaries to suppress the strike, where they proceeded to threaten and intimidate the store owners. On Tuesday, several merchants in the bazaar who refused to re-open their stores were arrested, as were a number of money changers.

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi issued a statement of support to the striking workers on Tuesday, urging them to continue their fight. Her statement read:

 

I salute you all for rising up again and resuming your strikes against the usurper clerical regime.

The uprising which started last December is continuing to carry on thanks to the efforts of our people across the country, from Kazerun to Isfahan, Khuzestan and Baneh, from truck drivers and truck owners, to the workers of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane factory and the Steel Factory of Ahvaz, and merchants of bazaar in various cities. Today, the bazaaris and the truck drivers and owners echo the voice of the Iranian people against the mullahs’ destructive rule.

The disastrous state of the economy and the foreign exchange market is the direct product of the regime’s depravity. The free fall of the value of Rial to the world’s lowest is a consequence of the rule of the mullahs who have destroyed everything to preserve their power.

It is the consequence of squandering Iran’s wealth and revenues on the criminal war in Syria, and on export of terrorism and fundamentalism to other countries.

It is the consequence of the devouring of the greater portion of Iran’s economy by Khamenei, the IRGC and state-backed foundations, which has left no business opportunity for bazaar merchants and has put the lion’s share of Iran’s consumers market at the disposal of major shopping centers owned by the IRGC and other regime factions.

The mullahs have no solution for containing this chaotic situation and all of their measures and plans have failed. Sacking the Central Bank’s president, arresting bazaar merchants, spreading lies and false pretenses are no longer effective. Iran’s crumbling economy cannot be saved unless by toppling the regime.

Expanding the protests to bring down the corrupt regime of theft and destruction is the only solution.

I urge the valiant youth of Iran and the resistance units to support the strikes of bazaaris.

As Massoud Rajavi said, “The people of Iran are the ones who have the final say, with their arisen resistance units, the revolting cities, and the National Liberation Army.”

 

The MEK supports the merchants, truck drivers, railway workers, steelworkers, and those who are without water and electricity in their protests against the corrupt Iranian regime. These are the protests of today. Tomorrow, the MEK will support the farmers who cannot irrigate their crops, the teachers who have gone unpaid, and the religious minorities who are denied due process. As long as the clerical regime exists, the MEK will support those who protest its policies and will fight to end its tyrannical rule. We agree with Mrs. Rajavi that the only solution to end the corrupt regime is to expand the protests.

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Merchants Strike to Protest Regime’s Mismanagement of Economy

Merchants Strike Again to Protest Regime’s Mismanagement of Economy

Merchants Strike to Protest Regime’s Mismanagement of Economy

Merchants Strike Again to Protest Regime’s Mismanagement of Economy and particularly the sudden increase in the exchange rate for

Sources in the MEK network inside Iran report that merchants in Tehran and other cities in Iran are striking again as the Iranian economy continues to plummet, with another dramatic decrease in the value of the rial, coupled with an increase in the value of the dollar.

The strikes show a number of similarities to the truck drivers strike that is now in their eighth day. The merchants, like the truck drivers, launched a massive round of nationwide strikes earlier this year, but the regime has been incapable of addressing their concerns. Both the merchants and the drivers have now been forced to strike a second time, despite the clerical regime’s heavy suppressive measures.

Protests began on the morning of July 30th. MEK sources on the ground report that some merchants in Tehran, Tabriz, Karaj, Ray, and other cities have declared strikes.

 

Tehran’s carpet market is on strikes and has shuttered its shops in protest of the increase in the dollar and the recession that is affecting the bazaar.

 

MEK sources say that Tehran’s gold markets did not open on Monday in protest of the increase in the dollar’s value and the economic downturn in the gold market.

 

Manufacturers and shopkeepers are striking in the city of Ray. Only five out of eighty food bag manufacturers are currently open.

In Karaj, Qazvin Street, merchants, and shopkeepers did not open their stores and went on strike in protest of the increase in the value of the dollar.

 

In Rasht, merchants went on strike to protest the increase in the dollar.

 

In Bandar Abbas, merchants went on strike in protest of the increase in the value of the dollar and the decrease in value of the rial.

 

In Qeshm, marketers, and businesses kept their shops closed and went on strike in protest of the increase of the dollar, rising prices, and the recession of the market.

 

The Amirkabir gold and jewelry market in Tabriz did not open in protest of the rise in the value of the dollar, high prices, and the recession.

 

The MEK network reports that tool and machinery merchants and businessmen in Isfahan closed down their shops yesterday and went on strike in protest of high prices, the increase of the dollar, and economic turmoil.

 

Security forces hope to suppress protests and demonstrations before they can spread. The massive protests and strike in May in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar spread rapidly, both within Tehran and to numerous cities, despite heavy suppressive measures.

 

Security forces were deployed to suppress possible large-scale protests by merchants at Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, the Istanbul Metro Station and Ferdowsi Square. Anti-riot motorcyclists were deployed at the Jomhuri Crossroad and opposite the Aladdin Mall.

 

The May merchant strikes that began in Tehran also followed a sharp rise in the exchange rate. The initial strike was in protest of the freefall of the rial, but within hours merchants and others were in the streets chanting, “Let go of Syria, think of us!” and demanding regime change. The protests quickly spread to other cities. The regime arrested a large number of protesters, threatening them with severe charges and imprisonment. Yet, at the end of July, the merchants are brave enough to defy the regime and strike again.

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The truck drivers strike.

Striking Truck Drivers Seek End to Regime Thievery

The truck drivers strike.

The truck drivers strike continues despite the Iranian government’s intimidation and deception.

A July 29th article on the NCRI website written by Mohammad Sadat Khansari describes the root causes of the Iranian truck drivers’ strike, which is now in its seventh day. The strike that began on July 23rd has spread to 112 cities in 30 provinces and continues to grow daily, based on reports from the MEK Network inside Iran.

 

The strike is the second round of protests by Iranian truck drivers, who first went on strike on May 22nd, with drivers in seven provinces refusing to carry cargo. The strike, which lasted for eleven days and spread to an additional 274 cities, attracted international attention and garnered the support of major labor unions, including the Teamsters and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).

 

The state-run media has even acknowledged that the regime has been unable to address the drivers’ concerns. A July 22, 2018 article on the Tabnak website titled “Despite Earlier Promises, Truckers’ Concern Are Still in Place” described the problem.

According to the article:

“Two months after truckers staged a strike, their problems are still in place unresolved, with officials being unable to take acceptable and satisfactory steps towards addressing truckers’ concerns; an undeniable fact that proves a great part of earlier promises have been no more than paying mere lip service.”

 

According to MEK network inside Iran, during the first round of strikes, the regime initially attempted to repress the protests. When those efforts were unsuccessful and it became clear that the nationwide strike could not be suppressed, the regime agreed to make some concessions to the truck drivers. Among the concessions was a 20 percent increase in transportation fees, a decrease in transport companies’ commission rates to 12-14%, and the end of the use of the SEPAHTAN tracking system. These short-term fixes did little to address the larger concerns of the nation’s truck drivers though, and on June 23rd, the drivers went on strike again, saying that the regime had done little to meaningfully address their concerns.

 

The report says that the truck drivers have asked for an increase in wages, which have not grown in proportion to skyrocketing inflation and cost-of-living in Iran. Truck drivers have also asked for an increase in transportation fees, retirement eligibility after 25 years of service, designation of truck driving as a difficult job, lowered insurance premiums, lowered prices for oil and truck parts (particularly for tires), an increase in the daily quota for gas and oil, and reduced highway tolls and commission fees. Truck drivers want the right to refuse to deliver cargo in harbors and terminals to monopolized state-linked companies, and they also want to stop repressive measures toward truck drivers by the police.

 

The transport company commissions are one way the regime extorts money from Iran’s truck drivers because these companies are mostly linked to the IRGC. The unfair treatment of the truck drivers is so shameful that even the state-run ILNA news agency had reported it. On transport company commissions on May 27, 2018, ILNA wrote, “The approved commission fees for carrying cargo from inside and outside of terminals are 8 and 10 percent, respectively. Besides, the fee for transporting cement is 6 percent. That’s while some shipment companies ask truck drivers for unfair commissions of up to 40 percent.”

ILNA went on to discuss another way that the regime robs truck drivers. It wrote, “[F]ollowing the country’s subsidy reform plan which led to increased fuel prices, truck drivers’ fuel quota both dropped in volume and experienced a price rise of up to 900 percent as well. Nonetheless, the government didn’t take any steps to reimburse the additional costs despite repeatedly promising to do so.”

ILNA’s report concludes with the revelation that the regime uses its repressive forces to intimidate and threaten truck drivers. According to the report:

“[T]here are numerous entities and organizations that make decisions on road transportation, with law enforcement forces as well as the administration tasked with combating drugs putting truck drivers under a lot of pressure, so much so that truckers are constantly faced with drug trafficking charges. In some cases, trucks are seized for six months only to become clear at the end of inspections that no drug trafficking has taken place, with no one taking the responsibility of reimbursing the driver’s losses during the period.”

These reports that aim to cool off the hatred among truck drivers against the regime, by giving voice to their plights has also been reported by the state-run Mehr news agency in an article on May 30, 2018, titled “How Much Are Earnings and Expenses of a Truck Driver?”  The article quotes a driver as saying, “Freight rates have remained unchanged over the past four years, despite some spare parts’ prices increasing every year and prices of some other consumables like lubricants and oil filters increasing on a monthly basis over the period. Our pay for every shipment is between 1.5 to 2 million tomans and we normally don’t get more than 2-3 shipments a month. Overall, truckers’ average annual income is lower than their expenses and they’re going through difficult times.”

 

Acknowledging that the typical driver spends 30 to 35 million tomans a year on fuel, tire and oil replacement, repairs, highway tolls and other related costs, the Mehr report added that “the situation is even worse for drivers who don’t own the truck they drive. Moreover, an increasing number of truck owners have decided to sell their trucks over the past few months.”

Tires have become a major issue for the striking drivers, with frustration at a boiling point. The state-run Asr-e-no website, while trying to put the blame away from the regime officials, published an article on May 30th about this issue, in which it quoted a driver as saying, “At the moment, heavy vehicle tires cost around three million tomans a pair. Given that a heavy vehicle needs to have its tires replaced after every 100,000 kilometers, the country’s truck drivers have to replace their trucks’ tires annually as they drive 80,000 to 110,000 kilometers a year on average. This is necessary in order for truck drivers to receive their technical inspection certificates and subsequent bills of laden. As a result, trailers, 10-wheelers, and 6-wheelers have to put aside 27, 15, and 9 million tomans, respectively, only for having their trucks’ tires replaced.”

This is while the import of Tires like many other major products into the country is in the hands of the IRGC, and other repressive and corrupt forces. Based on reports some transport co-operatives are granted a quota for receiving domestically produced or imported truck tires at subsidized prices, yet they refuse to deliver the subsidized tires to drivers. Instead, the tires, especially those delivered to transport co-operatives in small cities, are brought to provincial capitals or big cities to be sold at free market rates. Distributors meanwhile tend to stockpile tires so they can sell them to drivers at much higher prices.

The MEK network inside Iran has captured images of the strike and shared them on social media as the protest continues to spread. Each day, truckers in more cities have joined the stike, leaving Iran full of empty highways and unloaded trucks.

The people of Iran continue to voice their dissatisfaction with the corruption and incompetence of the ruling regime as it is expressed in every aspect of life.

 

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People queuing up to get bread ration.

Widespread Poverty and the Disappearance of the Middle Class in Iran

People queuing up to get bread ration.

The people queue up to buy bread, while the government raises the price of bread by 35% in December 2017. Bread has become the main food for a large portion of the society in Iran, as a result of poverty due to government corruption and dedicating the nation’s resources to fund terrorism and development of nuclear weapons.

Iran has a population of more than 80 million people and is the 18th most populous country in the world. It has the second largest landmass in the Middle East. Yet 40% of Iranians currently live below the poverty line, and 90% of the population struggles with poverty in one way or another, from water shortages, lack of access to economic opportunities, unpaid wages, and poor living conditions.

In the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), only Saudi Arabia has a larger economy than Iran, with an estimated Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2016 of $412.2 billion. According to an October 2017 report by the World Bank, Iran has the second largest natural gas reserves in the world and the fourth largest crude oil reserve.Dr. Hossein Raghfar, a professor of Economics at Alzahra University in Tehran told the state-run Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) in an April 7th interview that a family of four living in an urban area with a monthly income of fewer than forty million rials (approximately $1000) is living in poverty.

Iran is the only country in the world that allows its citizens to legally sell their organs. Desperate Iranians sell organs at the dozens of organ supply units spread throughout the country to provide for their families’ basic needs. The regime regulates the practice, with a government foundation set up to register and match buyers and sellers and to set prices on each organ for sale. Some organs fetch higher prices than others, and different prices are given for kidneys, livers, blood, corneas, bone marrow, etc.

It is common to find signs attached to walls in the cities of Iran advertising the sale of organs. This is while the criminal mullah’s who are ruling the oil-rich country has dedicated the resources to prop up Assad’s dictatorship in Syria, support terrorism in the region, and to develop nuclear weapon’s program, while a large portion of the country’s income fill’s regime official’s coffers due to vast corruption.

Some Iranians are driven to even more desperate measures by poverty. Social media is filled with videos and images of unemployment, suicide, and self-immolation on the streets of Iran.

Stories abound of Iranians who have been driven to suicide by poverty. In Abadan, a 12-year-old boy named Maysam hanged himself a day after his mother sold his mobile phone and bike in order to pay the rent on their home.

An elderly woman in Varamin, in Tehran Province, threw herself in front of a bulldozer to prevent the destruction of her home by the municipality.

The middle class has largely disappeared in Iran, a phenomenon which some sociologists refer to as

‘proletarianization.’ In essence, poverty has spread so much that the middle class has been pushed into the lower classes.

The widespread uprising that began last December started because of dissatisfaction with economic conditions in Iran. Joblessness, poverty, and corruption by the regime led the people to take to the streets, and protests soon turned to cries for regime change. The solution to ending the bizarre economic condition in Iran is to end the corrupt clerical regime, which has caused the current epidemic of widespread poverty through their corruption and looting of the country’s resources.

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Destroying mass graves of the 1988 massacre of MEK political prisoners

Maryam Rajavi Calls for End of Destruction of 1988 Massacre Victims’ Graves

Destroying mass graves of the 1988 massacre of MEK political prisoners

Mass graves of the 1988 Massacre of political prisoners being destroyed by the Iranian regime, in an attempt to hide the evidence

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), made a statement calling for urgent action to prevent the destruction of the graves of the victims of the 1988 massacre in Iran and the removal of all evidence of their existence.

Mrs. Rajavi specifically called upon the Secretary-General of the U.N., the U.N. Security Council, the U.N. Human Rights Council, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as international human rights organizations, to take action against the regime’s destruction of the victims of the 1988 massacre’s graves, particularly in Ahvaz. Mrs. Rajavi noted in her statement that the regime’s attempts to stop the Call-for-Justice movement from gaining traction have failed, as well as their hopes that the world would forget the massacred political prisoners. As a result, the mullahs have resorted to desperate attempts to destroy evidence of their genocide in order to evade the consequences of their crime against humanity.

Mrs. Rajavi warned that destroying the graves of the martyrs of the 1988 massacre, whether to torture the families of the victims or to destroy evidence, is a crime unto itself that must be answered for.

She warned that the destruction of the graves of the martyrs –whether aimed at inflicting a vicious psychological torture on their families or at removing the evidence of this crime against humanity– is a major crime in itself whose masterminds and perpetrators must face justice and be held accountable.

Over the past few weeks, the regime has demolished the graves of victims of the 1988 massacre (many, if not most of whom were MEK members) in Ahvaz and is building roads on their sites to cover the evidence of their existence.

 

The 1988 massacre occurred after the end of the Iran-Iraq war. Political prisoners, specifically MEK members were executed extra-judicially in groups and buried in mass graves. Some of those who were executed had been released and were re-arrested so they could be executed. MEK members were arrested for activities such as distributing leaflets and taking part in anti-government protests, according to Amnesty International.

 

A previous investigation by Amnesty International and Justice for Iran found that the regime poured concrete over half of a mass grave in Tabriz between 2016 and 2017, according to satellite images. Also according to Amnesty International, in 2016 in Qorveh, Kurdistan province, regime authorities bulldozed gravestones and memorial signs put up by grieving family members in 2016, saying the land had been designated for “agricultural” purposes.

 

In April, Amnesty International issued a press release discussing their 31-page report on the 1988 massacre and the regime’s attempt to cover up their crimes by destroying graves. The report, which was released in conjunction with Justice for Iran, estimated that there may be more than 120 graves where victims of the 1988 massacre are buried.

 

According to the press release, regime authorities have concealed the fate and location of the victims for almost three decades. Families have not been allowed to hold memorials or decorate the mass grave sites with flowers or messages, which prevents them from observing burial rites and customs. According to Amnesty International, families have faced prosecution for seeking the truth about the victims.

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Second round of strikes by truck drivers in Iran

Iran: Continues for Fourth Day

Second round of strikes by truck drivers in Iran

Truck drivers have gone to strike for the second time in the past few months because the government has been not addressed their concerns.

Thursday, July 26th, marked the fourth consecutive day of protests by Iran’s truck drivers. The latest round of strikes by truck drivers is currently taking place in at least 85 cities in 25 provinces across Iran.

The truck drivers held an earlier strike in late May, which lasted for eleven days. The drivers have been forced to strike again because the government has been unwilling or unable to address their concerns.

The new round of strikes is in protest of unchanged transportation fees and increased costs. The drivers cite an increase in the price of truck tires and parts as major concerns and are asking for subsidies for the price of tires for their trucks.

In an interview with the state-run ILNA news agency on Wednesday, July 25, Ahmad Karimi, the chairman of the Iran Truck Drivers Association, said that the regime’s Industry Ministry has not fulfilled its obligations to Iran’s truck drivers. He said that “most dissatisfactions are due to the Ministry of Industry, Mining and Trade’s performance, as the ministry has failed to fulfill its commitments.”

The truck drivers say that an insufficient supply of tires has led to a black market. According to the drivers, there is not enough subsidized foreign currency to import tires, nor is there sufficient means to distribute them.

ILNA news agency reported on Tuesday that truck drivers in a number of terminals stopped work in protest and refused to load their trucks. Truck drivers parked their trucks on roadsides and asked their co-workers to join their strike. The report was taken off of the website shortly after it was posted.

Also on Tuesday, the Iranian Workers Free Trade Union reported on its Telegram channel that truck drivers in Farokhshahr, Chaharmahal, Bakhtiari, Marand, Qazvin, and Isfahan stopped loading their trucks. Officials handed out subsidized truck tires in Mashhad’s terminal at the same time, in an attempt to appease the drivers and break the strike.

The Iranian regime has taken a number of measures to break the strike over the past four days. The regime’s authorities sold cheap tires in the terminal in Mashhad, but no drivers showed up for loading.

In Sarbandar, Khuzestan province, regime officials used Ministry of Transportation trucks to confront the striking drivers. The regime used government trucks to do the same in Shahrekord.

In Kermanshah, intelligence agents and the police attempted to remove license plates from striking drivers’ trucks, but the truck drivers’ families protested the move.

The head of the regime’s transportation union, Mohammad Khanbalooki, tried to claim that more than 70 percent of truck drivers’ demands had been met and their major problems had been resolved, even as the drivers continued to strike. He claimed that the MEK was responsible for the continuance of the strike and that the MEK had infiltrated the drivers.

The regime’s attempts to break the strike have been unsuccessful, and they have yet to address the drivers’ demands. The MEK salutes the striking truck drivers and encourages trade unions and labor unions in other countries to support them in their goals.

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Student's protest against harsh sentences for their classmate arrested during Iran uprisings

Student Associations Release Statement Condemning Harsh Verdicts for Activists

Student's protest against harsh sentences for their classmate arrested during Iran uprisings

Students protesting harsh sentences for their classmates participating in anti-regime protests in Dec 2017

On July 23rd, 68 student associations in Iran released a statement criticizing a number of harsh verdicts against students that have recently been handed down by regime courts. The student associations warned that they will not allow “the totalitarian forces to target freedom and liberty again.”

According to the statement, the harsh sentencing of student activists is creating a “myriad [of] dissatisfaction among people.” The statement also warned that the regime’s “authoritarian rhetoric toward justification has directed the country to a precarious route.”

A previous statement was issued by 63 student associations and contained many of the same demands. According to the statement, the “totalitarian elements” did not address any of their concerns and instead retaliated against the student activists. They cited the sentencing of student rights activist Fereshteh Tousi as evidence of their claim.

Tousi, a 30-year-old student at Allameh Tababa’i University, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for organizing a ceremony to commemorate National Student Day at her university’s campus. She was convicted of “propaganda against the state” by a court in Tehran and sentenced on July 3rd.

Tousi’s sentence includes a two-year ban on leaving Iran, using social media, contributing to mass media, or belonging to a political party or association.

The Iranian regime has repeatedly repressed any dissent among its people, no matter how peaceful.

On July 21st, Human Rights Watch released a statement saying that regime authorities have stepped up their crackdown on peaceful student activists with harsh prison terms and restrictions. Their statement cited in eight cases similar to Tousi’s in 2018 alone.

Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said: “Instead of enabling a safe environment for peaceful activism, Iranian authorities have gone back to their favorite response: cracking down on peaceful dissent. While encouraging students to participate in public discourse, the authorities in practice prosecute them for peaceful assembly.”

Since the uprising began last December, the regime has taken desperate measures to suppress the people. Many of the protesters that are still in regime’s dungeons face more serious pressure for their affiliations to the MEK, shooting protesters in the street, as well as harshly sentencing student activists. The following are some examples of harsh sentences of student activists that have been handed down since the uprising began:

University of Tehran

  • Leila Hassandzadeh: sentenced to six years in prison and a two-year travel ban for “conspiracy and collusion to act against national security” and “propaganda against the state;”
  • Sina Rabiee: sentenced to one year in prison and a two-year travel ban for “conspiracy and collusion to act against national security” and “propaganda against the state;”
  • Mohsen Haghshenas: sentenced to two years in prison on charges of “conspiracy and collusion to act against national security” and “disruption of public order by participating in illegal assemblies;”
  • Sina Darvish Omran: sentenced to eight years in prison, a two-year ban on traveling, participating in media activities, and belonging to a political party;
  • Ali Mozaffari: sentenced to eight years in prison, a two-year ban on traveling, participating in media activities, and belonging to a political party.

University of Tabriz

  • Roya Saghiri: sentenced to 23 months in prison for “propaganda against the state and insulting its pillars;”
  • Ali Kamrani: sentenced to six months in prison for charges unknown;
  • Ali Ghadiri was given six months in prison for charges unknown.

Since March of this year, more than 100 university lecturers and dozens of student associations have called upon regime President Hassan Rouhani to honor his promise to safeguard student rights. He has failed to take any action to help students, showing once again that he is not a moderate as he and his supporters claim.

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Iranian regime security forces attack street vendors

Iran: Municipalities Ignore Poverty, Crack Down on Street Vendors

Iranian regime security forces attack street vendors

Iranian regime’s repressive forces, attack street vendors and destroy their only means of living.

A video of a police assault on street vendors went viral this week, a scene which called to mind earlier incidences of brutality toward impoverished street vendors by authorities. The video, taken on July 19th, shows municipal authorities and police in the city of Malayer attacking mentally and physically disabled street vendors. After ransacking their wares, the vendors were assaulted and then left on the streets.

 

Videos taken of the attack went viral on Persian social media this week. The public responded with anger toward the regime. Public anger and calls for regime change have continued to mount since the mass uprising began last December, with the support of the MEK. Each additional outrage fans the flames of resistance as the regime continues to weaken.

 

Even the regime’s state-run media has acknowledged the rapidly increasing theft and corruption within the regime.

 

The Tasnim news agency, which is affiliated with the Quds Force, wrote this:

 

“Authorities are seen taking measures against various people, including street vendors, who are resorting to numerous measures to make ends meet. All the while, officials launch a 500-branch institute with large billboards across the city and no one says a word… How many small pockets must gather to have a few pockets become larger?”

 

The economic situation in Iran is so dire that the regime’s media has been forced to acknowledge the severity of the issue of poverty in Iran. More than 90% of the population currently struggles with poverty in one way or another. The MEK has previously reported on water and electricity shortages, skyrocketing inflation, unpaid wages, and lack of economic opportunities, especially for women.

Although officials are well aware of the economic conditions that cause street vendors to seek extra income to survive, they continue to send authorities to take measures against them, usually in a violent manner.

Another state-run publication, the Rokna website, called attention to the treatment of street vendors by municipalities. According to a piece posted on February 25th, 2017, titled “The municipality’s revenue is in the billions:”

“Authorities round up the street vendors’ goods unless they receive their bribes… according to the vendors, municipality authorities demand 100,000 rials each to leave them be. Considering the countless number of streets vendors in Tehran alone, the municipality is rounding up a revenue in the billions. For example, if there are 100 street vendors in Vali Asr Square, the municipality is pocketing around 300 million rials a month (equal to $7,150).”

Street vendors in Iran live in squalid conditions, according to an investigation conducted by Iran’s

Sociologist Association.  Their study found:

 

“76 percent of the street vendors have kids to feed; 90 percent have no other jobs; 98 percent of them have no other source of income; 31 percent do not even receive monthly subsidies; 43 percent have resorted to street vending due to unemployment and going bankrupt; 36 percent were previously professional workers and 21 percent ordinary workers. Only 33.5 percent of them are street vending as their first occupation. 78 percent of them are street vending due to the fact that they could not find another job.”

The study went on to say, “Street vendors are continuously facing restrictions and attacks by authorities. 88 percent of them are constantly having scuffles with the municipality and 67 percent of them have had their merchandise ransacked at least once. 18 percent of them have been forced to pay fines. If any merchandise is confiscated they’re considered stolen, as it takes at least three or four months for the street vendors to have their goods returned. Women, and especially young women, usually forgo retrieving their goods due to the fact that municipality authorities seek sexual interaction in return for their goods.”

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Iranian truck drivers go on strike again.

Iran’s Lorry Drivers Resume Their Strike

Iranian truck drivers go on strike again.

The truck drivers in Iran, have resumed their strike against their dire condition, high prices and regime’s corruption.

The truck and lorry drivers of Iran turned off their engines once more on Monday the 23rd of July. Less than two months after their last round of strikes, the drivers decided to strike once more, with news of the strike spreading quickly around Iran’s provinces in the early hours of Monday morning.

By the time the workday was due to begin, drivers across the country including in Tehran, Kurdistan, Isfahan, Kerman, Khuzestan, and Hormozgan refused to begin their workday and resumed the nationwide strike.

The latest round of strikes

In late May and early June, truck and lorry drivers across all 31 of Iran’s provinces went on strike for two weeks. Their grievances stemmed from low wages, appalling working conditions, poor worker safety, rising expenses, and the gradual erosion of worker rights.

The mullahs’ damaging policies have left the nation’s truck drivers fighting for their livelihoods. Inflation has made an already difficult economic situation even worse. In addition to soaring inflation, truck drivers have to deal with the arbitrary expenses imposed by the mullahs, including commissions, tariffs, and tolls. The mullahs have systematically robbed Iran’s truck drivers of their profits, leaving many struggling to survive in lives of extreme poverty.

The strike brought the country to a standstill. Factories and businesses across Iran had to close, and petrol stations ran dry, causing huge queues for fuel outside stations which still had a supply.

The regime responded to the strike with its usual repressive measures. Drivers reported intimidation and threats. Agents of the regime burnt vehicles which belonged to the striking drivers. They resorted to making false promises and concessions; however, their intentions were transparent, and the drivers resolve would not be broken.

The Iranian public stands with the striking drivers

Despite the turmoil that the truck drivers’ strike wreaked on the Iranian economy and logistics sector, the Iranian public stood with the brave drivers and wholeheartedly supported their fight for fairer working conditions.

The Iranian opposition, the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) and the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Maryam Rajavi, offered messages of solidarity to the striking drivers. Rajavi tweeted, “hail to the truck drivers”, adding, “I urge my fellow compatriots to support and rise in solidarity with the toiling drivers”.

The drivers also received international support for their struggle. Teamsters, the strongest worker union in North America also issued a statement of support. It read: “Teamsters stand in solidarity with our Iranian brother[s] & sisters”.

The response this time will likely be as encouraging and supportive as it was in the last round of strikes. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) already issued a statement on Monday saluting the striking drivers. In its statement, the NCRI called on the Iranian youth, as well as the international community and as workers unions around the world to “protect these drivers and to condemn the anti-humanitarian policies of the mullahs’ regime.”

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Demonstration in Basrah-South of Iraq

Iraqi Protesters Shot by Iranian-Regime Backed Forces in Southern Iraq

Demonstration in Basrah-South of Iraq

Demonstration in Southern Iraq, over government mismanagement-Basra, Iraq

The people of Iraq are protesting in many cities in central and southern Iraq, demanding better services and protesting meddling by the Iranian regime in their country.

On Friday, June 20th, the Iran-backed Badr Corps fired upon Iraqi protesters in Diwaniyah Province in southern Iraq, killing one and injuring two more. A number of groups within the country called for continued demonstrations on Friday to protest unemployment and corruption. These protests were later witnesses in the southern provinces of Iraq, as well as Baghdad.

A medical source in Diwaniya was cited by the media as saying that a 20-year-old man was among the protesters killed by Badr Corps members, apparently under the guise of protecting the Badr group site.

Large protests and demonstrations of thousands of people were also seen in Basra and Ziqar provinces in southern Iraq. The protesters gathered outside of the governor’s office in Basra, chanting slogans against corrupt political parties that are affiliated with the Iranian regime. Protesters also called for job opportunities and adequate government services.

In al-Habubi Square in downtown Nasiriyah, one of the largest cities in Dhi Qar Province, hundreds rallied against government corruption. Protesters flew the Iraqi flag and carried signs demanding that the Electricity Minister, the provincial governor and senior province governors all be fired. Angry protesters attempted to enter the house of Dhi Qar Governor Yahya al-Naseri, but security forces fired tear gas into the crowd, forcing the protesters to disperse.

Demonstrators attempted to protest in Baghdad’s Green Zone, home to its government institutions and foreign embassies. Protesters managed to get over the Jomhouri Bridge and were on their way into the Green Zone when anti-riot units appeared with water-cannon trucks and tear gas.

Arab media reported that almost 30 protesters were seen suffering the effects of the tear gas in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square.

Demonstrations in Iraq have been highly coordinated, and protests at this site were called for in solidarity with other demonstrations taking place in Iraq’s southern provinces.

Muqtada Sadr, made his first statement about the protests in the southern province, writing:

“All the election’s victorious political factions should suspend coalition talks until the demonstrators’ rightful demands are responded to.”
Iraq’s southern provinces have an abundance of oil but struggle to provide their citizens with basic government services.

For example, the streets of Basra are strewn with garbage. Pools of water and sewage water are found among the garbage on the streets, which is a major health risk. Drinking water in the province is of low-quality, and the province goes without electricity for seven hours a day.

Iran has experienced similar issues with water quality and scarcity in some of its own provinces, due to the corruption of the mullahs’ regime. The Iranian people, with the support of the MEK, have protested this and many other issues in Iran, including the meddling of the regime in other countries.

The United States supports the Iraqi people in their peaceful protests for change.

Heather Nauert, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, made a statement in support of the Iraq people, saying that Washington believes that poor water and lack of reliable electricity are very painful issues.

She went on to say that the Iraqi government also recognizes the right of the Iraqi people to protest peacefully and plans to address more of their issues, including government services, electricity, and job opportunities.

The MEK opposes meddling by the Iranian regime in the affairs of other countries and the contribution by the regime to corruption and violence in other countries, such as Iraq.

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