Workers of Heavy Equipment Production Company (HEPCO) and the Azarab Industries Company in Arak, Iran protest unpaid wages. (Zamaneh)

October 7, 2019

According to reports compiled in September by sources affiliated with the Iranian Resistance, there were more than 284 protests in Iran in 71 cities, and 28 provinces with an average of nine protests per day.

Iranians held more protests this month than last month, one reason being the start of the new academic year in Iran. Most of the protests were held by Iranian workers who said that they could not afford school supplies and bills because they had not been paid their wages.

The increase in protests in Iran comes despite an upsurge in the Iranian regime’s use of force, including lengthy prison terms, lashes and threats against protesters.

More than 91 protesters were sentenced to flogging in Iran according to information gathered by Iran News Wire in September.

Despite this, demonstrators held days long protests and in some case even held their ground against attacking security forces.

Workers

Workers staged 141 protests in Iran in 36 cities, commercial areas and industrial towns and 21 provinces with an average of five protests per day. Workers staged almost twice as much protests compared to last month. The gatherings were mostly in protest to delayed paychecks as thousands of Iranian workers have not received months of wages and say that they cannot afford their basic needs.

Another reason for this month’s labor protests was worker layoffs. Workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Factory in the southern city of Shush held days long protests demanding that 20 workers who were laid off by the company management return to work. Forty protesting workers were summoned by the city’s Intelligence and Security Police but still continued their protests.

Also, HEPCO workers in western Iran held days long gatherings against the privatization of the company. They blocked the city’s railroad for a few hours and were brutally attacked by riot police. A number of workers were also detained. The remaining workers gathered once again, marching on the streets, to demand the release of their detained colleagues.

HEPCO workers beaten by Iran riot police
HEPCO workers beaten by Iran riot police.

Workers of the AzarAb Industries in Arak also joined HEPCO workers to demand job security.

Si Sakht municipality workers in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province in southwestern Iran have been on strike for around a month demanding nine months of their delayed paychecks.

Defrauded creditors

Defrauded creditors of various regime-affiliated credit institutions held 13 protests in Iran in four cities and four provinces outside the parliament, judiciary, Tehran Revolutionary Court, the Governor’s office in the northeastern city of Mashhad, and the Governor’s office in the northern city of Rasht among other places.

Teachers

Teachers held less protests than August with six protests in three cities and three provinces. Teachers protested their low paychecks, dire livelihood conditions, not receiving their pay, not being officially hired, and being forced to transfer out of their hometown.

Other groups

Other groups in held 74 protests in Iran in 35 cities and 19 provinces with an average of two protests a day. Iranians held twice as much protests this month compared to last month.

There were a few clashes between protesters and security forces in September. These included clashes in Chahardangeh Village in the northern city of Sari. The protesters were demanding that the regime remove a landfill in their region, which has resulted in health issues, especially in children. People in Doroud, in the western province of Lorestan also threw stones at security forces defending themselves against their attacks.

There were also large protests in Tehran and other cities.

Health department drivers in the western city of Sanandaj also gathered for a few days while school bus drivers in the cities of Yasuj and Marivan gathered in protest to their low income.

Hunger strikes in Iran prisons

There were 12 cases of hunger strikes by prisoners in Sepmteber in five prisons and five cities.

Some of these cases include:

Kurd prisoners Taher Khorshidi, Farough Sharvirani and Amir Peighami in the Central Kerman Prison in protest to being put under pressure by a prison official and prison abuse.

Ibrahim Khalil Sedighi Hamedani and his son Salar, in protest to their 16 year prison sentence.

Hassan Rastegari Majd, a Turkish-Iranian national protesting the annulment of his Iranian nationality.

Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, detained in Evin Prison, protesting a ban imposed by the regime depriving his children of education.

Political prisoner Dr. Kamal Jafari Yazdi in Mashhad’s Vakil Abad Prison, protesting his 17 year prison sentence.

Political prisoners Soheil Arabi and Hamid Haj Jafar Kashani in Evin Prison, in protest to the detention of Farangis Mazloum, Soheil Arabi’s mother.

Political prisoner Mostafa Sabzi, detained in the Central Orumieh Prison, to demand that he be transferred to a prison in his hometown.

A number of political prisoners in Karaj Central Prison also went on hunger strike protesting horrid prison conditions including lack of sleeping accommodations for prisoners.

Iran News Wire

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