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MEK: New Wave of Protests in Iran

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Protest rally of Azarab employees in Arak, western Iran (file photo)

Protests of the workers as well as other sectors of the society in Iran raised dramatically in the recent one and a half years. The protests have always been supported by the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/ MEK).

Figures released by the MEK on the protest actions from 21 June to 21 July show a comparative increase compared to the first three months of the year, based on the Iranian calendar. During this period of time, there have been at least 267 protests in seventy- eight cities, villages, and industrial- commercial districts in Iran.

The MEK’s report shows that on average, there have been 9 protests by workers, educators including teachers, pensioners, people affected by recent floods, and … per day in Iran. This MEK report also indicates that there have been one hundred and thirty protests by workers in forty-one cities due to unpaid salaries, lack of official employing, lack of insurance, the firing of workers, and low payment.

MEK’s social network covered the news of protests of workers, farmers, teachers, pensioners, and nurses in Iran. The MEK social network tries to be the voice of voiceless in Iran. The MEK supporters abroad also tirelessly echoed the voice of the suppressed people of Iran in the past four decades.

The MEK has always been a source of inspiration amongst Iranian people particularly the youth and the women.

The Secretary of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) on 20 October 2019 stated:

“On Sunday, October 20, 2019, workers at Azarab factory in the city of Arak (central Iran) continued their demonstrations for the 12th day running despite repeated threats and suppressive measures by the regime. Protesting about the lack of response to their just demands, the enraged workers blocked the Tehran-Ahvaz railway. The suppressive forces attacked the protesting workers, fired teargas to disperse them and arrested a number of the workers.”

The NCRI added:

“Since the start of the new round of protests by Azarab workers a number of them have been summoned and threatened by the intelligence and security agencies.”

The President-elect of the NCRI hailed the courageous and resilient workers of Azarab and urged the people of Arak, especially the defiant youths, to rise in support of the protesting workers.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi urged the International Labor Organization, labor syndicates, and unions as well as all advocates of workers’ rights to condemn the anti-labor policies of the mullahs’ regime and support the rights of Iranian workers.

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Two political prisoners in Iran on hunger strike

MEK: Two Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike

Two political prisoners in Iran on hunger strike

Mehdi Farahi Shandiz and Mohammad Riazat, the two political prisoners wen on hunger strike since October 17 2019, in Iran

In objection to the poor living condition in prison, two political prisoners, Mehdi Farahi Shandiz and Mohammad Riazat, went on a hunger strike.

The Campaign in Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners reported that due to the lack of facilities and warm water in the central prison of Karaj the two political prisoners went on a hunger strike since October 17, 2019; they were relocated to solitary confinement a day later.

Following the widespread protests in last August in Iran, Mohammad Riazat was arrested and then temporarily released on bail. Mehdi Zeinali, the criminal revolutionary court’s judge, sentenced Mrs. Riazat to three years in jail on charges of “insulting the Founder and Supreme Leader” and “propaganda against the regime” Mrs. Riazat was transferred to Karaj’s Central Penitentiary on December 10, 2019.

Mehdi Farahi Shandiz was charged by criminal Judge Moqisi, on “insulting the Leader” and “disturbing public order” and was sentenced to three years behind bars. This political prisoner, in two other separate cases, in 2011 and 2014, had been sentenced to nine years in prison on the same charges.

Prior to this, in an open letter on July 15, 2019, due to unacceptable prison conditions and misconducted behavior of prison officials, six other political prisoners had gone on a hunger strike.

The heroic resistance of the Mujahedin-e Khalq’s (PMOI/MEK) political prisoners has always been inspiring for the opposition movements of Iran particularly the youths, the teachers, and the workers.

According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the MEK sources, during the period of June 22 to July 22, 2019, there had been 24 hunger strikes by political prisoners in Iran.

The designation of Ebrahim Raisi, the key figure in the1988 massacre in which 30,000 political prisoners, mainly the MEK members and supporters, were slaughtered in just a few months, as Chief Justice, and that of three top terrorists from the IRGC, Salami, Fadavi, and Hanqdi, by Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the religious dictatorship ruling Iran, clearly shows that there is no mercy in this barbarian regime. These designations indicate also the high capacity of the Iranian society for revolt, samples of which can be seen in the streets, factories, schools, prisons and… The MEK resistance units are mobilizing these unrests throughout the country on a daily basis.

The brave uprisings in Iran are inspired by the historical MEK resistance against two dictatorial regimes, those of the Shah and the mullahs, and have always been supported by the MEK.

Torching the regime’s symbols and posters of the regime’s Supreme Leader, by the MEK resistance units across the country urges the youth and the women to stand up against the regime.

The resistance of political prisoners, particularly MEK supporters as well as other sectors of the Iranian society clearly indicates the embers beneath the ashes in the tumultuous Iranian society. They want regime change and establishing democracy and freedom by the true and reliable alternative, the NCRI and its elected President, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi.

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MEK- Iran: Uprising, What Mullahs Fear the Most

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Demonstration by workers of HEPCO in the city of Arak in western Iran (file photo)

Last week, Iran witnessed a wave of protests across the country. Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) recorded more than sixty protests and gatherings by workers, teachers, pensioners, people who lost money to credit firms affiliated with the IRGC, farmers, and college students. Even in prisons, political prisoners protested against the inhuman restrictions imposed by suppressive guards.

Workers in Azarab factory, the central city of Arak, demanded their unpaid salaries.

Embers beneath the ashes

Difficult living conditions for the people along with unprecedented corruption and embezzlement, turned the Iranian society to embers beneath the ashes, so that, every single protest or gathering can be turned into social unrest as it happened in Lordegan last week. The majority of the Iranian population’s living under the poverty line is the source of the crises.

Panic spreads to the Iranian regime

After the recent uprisings in Lordegan, Arak, Shush, and Isfahan, the mullahs are afraid of more protests and uprisings, particularly in major cities. They know that every public protest in metropolitan cities can easily spread throughout the country as it happened in December 2018 and January 2019 when 140 cities rose up against the regime.

This panic can be seen in the remarks of Major General Bagheri, General Staff of Armed Forces of the Iranian regime when he said: ” The security of Tehran is constant and stable! It is heartwarming security for the people!” It seems that the uprising in Lordegan as well as other cities across the country, has forced the top security and military officials of the regime to concentrate on the “security of the capital!”

Due to this panic, all security and military forces of the Iranian regime have been on high alert since one month ago in the capital, Tehran, to control and suppress any unpredicted uprising.

Imposing military fury on the society, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is the main surviving tool for the mullahs. Pointing to the key role of IRGC, Khomeini, the founder of this despotic regime once said: “if there was not the IRGC, there wouldn’t be the country (regime)”

The IRGC has always been ready to suppress any uprising inside Iran for decades.

The policy of appeasement, for four decades, and delay in listing the IRGC as a terrorist organization, helped to expand terrorism in the region and the globe. It cannot be forgotten when Mohsen Rafighdoost, the former Minister of the IRGC, referring to the blast of the US NAVY’s base in Lebanon in 1983 said: ” both the ideology and the explosive (of the blast) had gone from Iran.”

It is time to put an end to the destructive policy of appeasement and to recognize the main Iranian opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (which includes MEK) as the legitimate and reliable alternative to this terrorist regime. Too much time has already been lost.

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MEK pushes the mullahs towards a deadly cliff

Iranian Regeme dead end road

MEK pushes the mullahs towards a deadly cliff

Confronting the unrest in Iran, Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of religious fascism finds no solution but accelerating internal suppression and external terrorism. Adopting Ebrahim Raissi, the key figure in the 1988 prison massacre, in which 30,000 Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) members and supporters were executed in just a few months, as the head of the Judiciary shows he has no other option to control the explosive situation in Iran but appointing henchmen as high-ranking officials.

However, the growing protests during recent months in Iran led by the MEK indicate repression does not work for mullahs as it did before. The protests in Iran prove that the rulers cannot dictate their demands and people do not accept this miserable situation any longer. Expanding the popular movements and protests, and also the growing war between different factions inside the regime, both reflect the reality of Iranian society.

This leads the society to stand up and protest against poverty and repression. Recent uprising of people in the Southwest city of Lordegan is just an example.

Saturday, October 5, 2019, thousands of residents in Lordegan demonstrated against the mullahs’ regime in support of the residents of Chenar Mahmoudi village in Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari Province. Angry youths set ablaze the office of the representative of the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Lordegan Governor’s Office as well as several other regime’s centers.

The demonstration began outside the Governor’s Office and spread to the Health Department’s local office. The security forces attacked the protesters at both locations. The protesters defended themselves by throwing rocks. The suppressive forces fired live rounds and tear gas into the crowd to disperse them, wounding a number of demonstrators.

Despite the unprecedented suppression, the angry workers in two industrial facilities, Hepco and Arak Azarab, are still continuing their protests against the regime.

Everything indicates circumstances are changing in Iran with freedom and prosperity on the horizon.

Pointing to the protests of people in Lordegan, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said:

“With their chants of death to the dictator and attacking the office of the representative of the Iranian Regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, they targeted the clerical establishment as the main cause of all the atrocities perpetrated against the Iranian people,”

On the current situation she emphasized:

“This corrupt and criminal regime has squandered Iran’s national wealth by pursuing nuclear and missile projects and engaging in foreign warmongering, which has destroyed all aspects of life for the people of Iran, including health and well-being.”

After four decades of suppression, the MEK resistance units are active more than ever, pushing the mullahs towards a deadly cliff. Victory is within reach. It is time for the international community to recognize the Iranian Resistance, the NCRI and the MEK.

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Protest of HEPCO's workers

Iranian Regime Faces Ever Growing Workers Protest

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HEPCO company workers rallying in Arak (File Photo)

The mullahs’ regime is cornered by many problems in Iran. Some are scarier than others for the theocratic regime. Workers’ protests and strikes areas such. In the most recent labor unrest in Iran’s industrial heartland, Arak, in central Iran, Azarab Company workers protest for the familiar demands; unpaid wages and the return of the company to the public sector. The mullahs’ regime’s scheme in the last two decades against the working class has been a suppressive plan of forced privatization of oldest industries such as Hepco and Azarab in Iran. But what is even more cynical is that the clerical regime has tried to kill two birds with one stone. It wants to escape the responsibilities of the government toward Iran’s working community such as guaranteed wages and insurance and aims at breaking up the oldest labor unions formed in such industries for more than 40 years in Iran.

In Azarab, for example, private management is downsizing the personnel. What the mullahs’ regime has done is putting a multimillion-dollar company on sale for a fraction of its real market value. The bid usually goes to former Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) commanders or their families. By doing so the regime has two goals; one is gradually killing the company and secondly prevent the labor unions from taking shape. In the case of Azarab and Hepco they share the same fate. The Iranian regime has followed the same road)map for both industrial companies. The workers’ major demand aside from back pays is preventing the gradual closure of the company.

Azarab workers continue protests in Arak, central Iran

Workers of the Azarab company in Arak, central Iran, continues their rallies- file Photo

Azarab workers protested for three days outside the company’s plant in Arak. The anti-riot units of the IRGC were called in to turn the protesters away. But they stood their grounds and pushed them back.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), hailed the brave workers of Azarab for not abandoning their protests despite the suppressive measures and threats by the mullahs’ regime. She said that the ruling religious fascism in Iran responds to the enraged citizens only with tear gas, beatings, arrests, medieval trials, and long prison terms. But oppression and injustice will crumble in the face of the heroic workers’ resolve.

The Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) also welcomed the Azarab’s workers for their bravery in standing up for their rights.

Background:

On October 8, 2019, for the third consecutive day, the protest gathering of Azarab’s workers continued. On Sunday, October 6, 2019, workers of Azarab Company had organized a gathering on the Tehran-Arak highway to protest the sale of the company and to demand their unpaid wages. They closed the main square at the city’s entrance.

A day before, on October 7, the workers had gathered and marched outside the company. The Revolutionary Guards’ anti-riot units attacked them by firing tear gas into the crowd. They blocked the demonstrators from entering the city fearing that the youths might join the protesting workers.

Despite yesterday’s brutal attacks, the workers gathered outside the company’s building again. The suppressive forces blocked the demonstrators from reaching San’at Square and entering the city.

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MEK: A Dead End for Clerical Regime

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High inflation in the mullahs’ regime has lead to a deep crisis

Iran is in a deep crisis. The mullahs’ regime no longer is able to stop the downward spiral. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is not in control and has no clue in solving the overwhelming problems. The theocratic regime is living in browed time.

The Iranian regime president, Hassan Rouhani is not in better shape and returned home from his controversial trip to UN General Assembly empty-handed. Accelerating course of events in the country point to a dark future for the clerical regime. The country is boiling in dissent and everyday citizens turn up outside government buildings following their demands.

Inflations running at a record high in Iran

Inflations are running at a record high and far exceeding the International Monetary Fund’s estimates for this year. The Iranian Regime’s Statistical Center has announced on September 24 that the rate of inflation in Iran has reached 42.7 percent during the 12 months ending on August 23. This is nearly 3 percent higher than the IMF forecast in April. All figures projected by the Iranian regime must be taken with a grain of salt since most are manipulated for internal consumption.

Nevertheless, they speak volumes when it comes to project the public’s discontent with the regime. Teachers, workers, farmers, truckers, merchants, inverters with heavy losses for saving their money in the banks run by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) protest on different occasions.

MEK Network: At Least 177 Protests in Iran During August

It is for the first time in the mullahs’ regime history that it has hit the absolute rock bottom. None of its factions will win any popularity contest even among their strongholds.

None of the regime’s factions will be around if a democratic election

Saeed Hajarian, a well-known regime strategist and one of the former architects of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) told the state-run Sazandegi in August:” If there would be such time that the glass ceiling is lifted, like democratic countries and a fair election is held, then, there will no longer be a “reformist or a conservative camp left in Iran.” What he simply meant is that none of the regime’s factions will be around anymore if there will be a democratic election.

Will the regime be able to last until the U.S. Presidential election? Something the mullahs have pinned their hopes on. Is it possible to stop the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) Resistance Units from expanding? Is regime capable to turn the clock back and stop the explosive state of the society?

Ahamd Alam-alhoda, regime’s Friday Prayer leader in Mashhad, and one of Khamenei’s close confidants answers the questions. He said on December 28, 2018: “Sedition of 2009 is behind us what concerns me is new sedition for 2019. The enemy is planning for it. Economic problems and social unrest are the recipes for disaster. These are the means by which they attack the leadership.”

What really is happening under the skin of Iranian society is plain and simple. The people cannot take it anymore and the mullahs’ no longer have the ability to completely suppress the citizens.

New Acts of Defiance by the MEK Resistance Units

Social unrest plus high inflation and the mullahs’ regime failure in providing absolute necessities of daily life for people has brought it to its knees. The MEK’s Resistance Units and Resistance Councils activities in Iran have opened a window of hope and an opportunity for restless people fed-up with the theoretic regime. The final blow will be delivered with these two forces combined in Iran; the people with support from MEK.

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Workers of the Haft Tapeh sugar cane complex in Shush, Khuzestan Province, southwest Iran (File Photo)

Haft-Tapeh workers continue strike

Workers of the Haft Tapeh sugar cane complex in Shush, Khuzestan Province, southwest Iran (File Photo)

Workers of the Haft Tapeh sugar cane complex in Shush, Khuzestan Province, southwest Iran (File Photo)

Yesterday for the 5th consecutive day, workers of Haft-Tapeh Sugarcane Factory Mill, despite Iranian regime officials’ warnings, staged a gathering outside of the plant protesting to their fellow workers firing. They demand the unconditional return to work of all their colleagues.  They carried signs reading: “We strongly condemn “all violations of workers’ rights.”

Haft-Tapeh’s human resources manager had published a letter terminating several of the company’s workers, on Sunday.

Firing workers opened an old wound since the company’s labor union has been on a collision course with the mullahs’ regime since 2015 over the company’s privatization which simply meant turning over one of Iran’s thriving industries to Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) top brass.

Mahmoud Sadeghi, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) agrees that Haft-Tapeh workers hate the regime and its policies toward the factory. On Wednesday he said: “Now the country is faced with problems which are deeply rooted in misguided polices and workers of Haft-Tapeh and Hepco companies are paying for them.”

He admits that the regime is incapable of solving the workers’ problems in Iran. Sadeghi then lashes out at the government and puts the blame squarely on Hassan Rouhani’s government for helping form a new oligarchical class in the society. Sadeghi talks as if he is not part of the same corrupt regime.

Haft-Tapeh Sugarcane Mill Company has had a bumpy relationship with the mullahs’ regime. Once the biggest Middle East sugar factory now is on the brink of virtual bankruptcy. At its early days it had the largest trade union amongst Iran’s growing labor organizations in the country. Haft-Tapeh once had 5000 employees with its own sugarcane fields and a huge paper factory next to it for processing the bagasse.

The Sugar Cane Mill was once a source of national pride, but since it was privatized in 2015, it has been struggling financially.

It was built on a 2-hectare area over half a century ago. It is the only factory of its kind in Iran. The mill was lucrative before it was sold to the private sector in 2015. It was sold to the private sector for a down payment of roughly two million dollars, and it is unclear if any further payments have been made. But what is clear is that the privatized company accrued large debts of over $90 million in 2017.

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said he believes the unrest among the workers is a “foreign plot” to overthrow the regime. When he addressed to a gathering  about  workers on February 5th, last year Khamenei said, “One of the major activities of our enemies has been to create a recession and obstacles in our factories and among our labor groups — particularly the big ones — so they can provoke the workers,” in one of his shortest speeches ever.

As the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has maintained throughout the life of the mullahs’ regime workers problems and all other problems in Iran will be solved after its overthrow. MEK’s Resistance Units and Resistance Councils with the help of Iranian people including the deprived workers will deal with the final blow to the regime.

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Iran’s regime fake government report

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Iran’s regime fake government report: putting ordinary Iranians in a better economic position.

The Iranian regime’s administration of Hassan Rouhani published a report last week, which claimed that the earnings of Iranian families have increased above inflation, putting ordinary Iranians in a better economic position.

The report of earnings and costs of urban and rural families in 2017-2018 and its statistics are so glaringly false that even the state-run media has had difficulty presenting it as is.

The Siasat-e Rooz newspaper, which is close to the Rouhani faction, wrote that the survey had “strange results” and claimed that the average family in an urban area has a yearly income of 43.4 million tomans, while they have costs of 39.3 million tomans, which would mean that families could save an average of 4.2 million tomans per year. (This works out monthly as an income of 3.6 million tomans and costs of 3.3 million tomans.)

Iran’s regime fake government report

The report of earnings and costs of urban and rural families in 2017-2018 and its statistics are so glaringly false that even the state-run media has had difficulty presenting it as is.

The article wrote:

“These statistics are published while the Center for Statistics has repeatedly published reports about skyrocketing inflation in Iran’s economy, announcing it at 42.2 percent in for last month. This means that living costs have increased by 42.2 percent over the past year!… These claims are made while based on facts on the ground and the living basket of ordinary people shrinking with each passing day, especially because of unchecked rising costs for products like meat, poultry, dairy, and rice.”

Meanwhile, the Arman newspaper, which is also close to Rouhani’s faction, wrote:

“The poverty line threshold is three times above a worker’s minimum wage!”

The Iranian main opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK) wrote:

“To outsiders, it may appear surprising or even dumb that the ruling mullahs in Iran don’t even wait until a little bit of time passes over their previous statements before making such ridiculous claims about their “prosperous” economy. After all, won’t that have a negative impact on their reputation and image among their base and ordinary Iranians? Fact is that for many years now the vast majority of Iranians don’t listen and believe in any remarks of Iranian authorities.”

Yes, the Iranian people know that these reports (and all previous ones) are fake. The Regime knows the people know that. After all, Iranian officials saw in the popular uprisings of 2017 and 2018 that their scheme of pretending to divide the regime into two opposing camps of conservatives and moderates has failed. The Iranian people were out in the streets chanting, “Reformists, principlists, Game Over!”, because they know there is no difference between the two.

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Workers of the Haft Tapeh sugar cane complex in Shush, Khuzestan Province, southwest Iran (File Photo)

Social unrest: noose around mullahs’ neck

Workers of the Haft Tapeh sugar cane complex in Shush, Khuzestan Province, southwest Iran (File Photo)

Workers of the Haft Tapeh sugar cane complex in Shush, Khuzestan Province, southwest Iran (File Photo)

Social unrest is the Achilles Heel of the Iranian regime. Many of its officials, past and present, have warned about a social situation where there would be no escape from. It could end everything unexpectedly. In past few weeks protests gatherings have escalated in the country. Workers, teachers, municipal employees, investors of mostly banks linked to the Revolutionary Guards are just a few examples.

On Tuesday, Workers from various sectors of the Haft-Tapeh sugar cane factory located in a region of the same name in the Southwestern city of Shush went on strike for the second day in a row. They demanded that their 21 co-workers return to work after they were fired without prior notice by the factory’s management. The employer did not even bother to send the fired workers a letter of termination and they were kicked out with an internet post. The striking workers demanded the unconditional return of fellow workers and a “stop to all workers’ rights violations” by the factory management.

The striking workers have gone on strike in the past few months over their overdue wages. The workers believe that the management is unwilling and unable to manage the factory and they want a council of their choosing to run Haft-Tapeh.

Social unrest: noose around mullahs’ neck

Haft Tapeh workers holding a protest rally in Shush, Khuzestan Province, southwest Iran (File Photo)

Haft-Tapeh sugar mill factory, the oldest and once most prosperous of its kind in the Middle East, with thousands of workers is a bankrupt plant now. Last year it witnessed some of the most well-organized labor protests in the nation. The mullahs’ regime crackdown on the Haft-Tapeh’s lobar union and its leaders was exemplary. Mr. Esmail Bakhshi, spokesman for Workers Union of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane was first arrested for a month. He was brutally tortured for 30 days while in the custody of security forces. After his brief release, Bakhshi challenged Mahmoud Alavi, the mullahs’ minister of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) to a public and televised debate. Alavi refused the offer and in returned Bakhshi is sitting in jail with a heavy sentence which includes “conspiracy to act against the nation’s security.” A cliché used to describe charges against Iranian dissidents and a warning send to others not to follow protesters’ footsteps or suffer the same consequences.

The catastrophic situation of the deprived workers of this massive industry is the direct result of the regime’s officials’ seizing control over the sugarcane industry. Government clerics have been importing sugar instead of improving this industry, which was once one of the major sources for the country’s revenues. Consequently, the sugarcane industry workers, including the Haft Tapeh sugarcane workers, have not received salaries for several months despite their hard work, and the overwhelming pressure imposed on them because of their inability to pay off heavy debts or fall into absolute poverty. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its main partner, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) have supported the workers demands as a principle.

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Pensioners & Teachers take it to the streets in Tehran and Isfahan

MEK-Iran: Protests inside Iran Increase despite Regime Suppression

Pensioners & Teachers take it to the streets in Tehran and Isfahan

Hundreds of pensioners and teachers gathered in Tehran and Isfahan asking for their pensions. The protesters also called for the release of their fellow activists that had been imprisoned during the previous protests. August 26, 2019

Based on reports from MEK sources, Iranians from all walks of life staged protests over the past few days as widespread dissatisfaction with the regime and its policies continues to mount among every sector of society. Protests were held by retirees, teachers, workers, defrauded investors, and people with disabilities.

Protests by Retirees

On Monday, August 26th, hundreds of retirees gathered outside of the Labor Ministry building in Tehran to protest low pensions, late payments, inflation, and high prices. Demonstrators carried signs that read: “They used Islam as ladder [to enrich themselves] and impoverish the people,”

“Workers, teachers must not be jailed,” “Jailed teachers must be freed,” and “Leave Syria alone, think of us.”

Protests by Retirees in Isfehan center of iran

A number of participants were detained during the demonstration

 

Protest by Teachers

A large group of teachers and retirees held a demonstration in the city of Isfahan in Central Iran on Monday. The protesters gathered near Enghelab (Revolution) Square to demand higher wages and pensions and better healthcare. They held signs that read: “Livelihood, dignity, and health are our inalienable rights,” “We will not rest until we obtain our rights,” “Raise teachers’ wages above the poverty line,” “Our enemy is right here, they lie when they say it’s America,” “Leave Syria alone, think of us,” and “No theft, no humiliation, these are the nation’s chants.”

Security forces attacked the protesters, assaulting and arresting a number of participants.

 

 

 

A large group of teachers and retirees held a demonstration

Archive Photo: The retire teachers gathered despite threats from the regime.

Protest by Defrauded Investors

MEK sources inside Iran reported that a group of defrauded investors held a protest on Saturday in the city of Rasht in northern Iran. The protesters gathered in the city’s prayer center to demand the return of their stolen savings from the Adineh Complex. The complex was pre-sold to investors by its developers, but construction has still not been completed.

Other Protests

The MEK network reported at least six protests on Saturday in cities across Iran, including Tehran, Arak, Ahvaz and Rasht. Workers defrauded car buyers, and people with disabilities were among those who held protests and demonstrations.

A Call from the Iranian Resistance

The Iranian Resistance salutes the protesters across the country who are standing up for their rights, despite the suppressive tactics of the mullahs and their henchmen. It calls on the Iranian people, especially the youth, to support the teachers, retirees, and the many others who are protesting against the oppression of the religious fascist regime. It further calls upon international human rights groups and workers unions to condemn the Iranian regime’s ruthless suppression of the protesters and to take immediate action to secure the release of those who were detained.

The Iranian regime is notorious for its treatment of political prisoners. Protesters and others who are arrested for political dissent are frequently tortured, sometimes to the point of death. Political prisoners can be denied legal representation under the pretense of “security” crimes, and all prisoners in Iran are subjected to inhumane, unsanitary, and overcrowded conditions.

Staff writer

 

 

 

 

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