Skip to comments.Industrial Group protest in Ahvaz
Posted on 12/06/2018 10:28:10 AM PST by hassan.mahmoud
The workers of Iran National Steel Industrial Group in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, took to the streets of Ahvaz for the 26th consecutive day to protest for their rights On Wednesday Dec.5.2018 The workers were chanting we will not give in to disgrace. The workers were marching toward the main streets of the city, holding banners that read, Workers are awake and fed up with being exploited. The Iran National Steel Group workers started rallying in November in protest to not having received several months of their wages. Most of the workers are the sole breadwinners of their families. The workers of the Ahvaz steel factory have been demanding the payment of their overdue salaries for months. The lives of thousands of workers and their families have been negatively impacted by the by the deteriorating working conditions at the factory and the corrupt practices of its administrators. Having received no concrete response from the government, the workers began a new round of strikes and protests three weeks ago. The Iranian regime has tried to dissuade the workers from continuing their protests by different means. The regimes authorities have also issued threats against the protesters and tried to associate them with foreign meddling. But for the workers of Ahvaz, who have been deprived of their most basic rights, the threats of the regime are sounding increasingly hollow. The workers continue to take to the streets day after day, and they are earning a growing support among different classes and communities in the Iranian society and across the world. In their protests, the workers were chanting, If our problems arent solved, Ahvaz will rebel. They were also chanting, Fellow citizens be aware. We are workers, not thugs. Women widely participate in workers protest in Ahwaz chanting "we are children of workers we stand with them" The workers are also directly targeting the highest authorities of the regime in their slogans. In their slogans, the workers were criticizing the regime for abusing its religious authority to plunder the wealth of the people. The workers were chanting, They speak of [Imam] Hossein but they take pride in thievery. Hossein, the third Shiite Imam and the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, is one of the symbols of Shiite Muslims. As the demonstration reached the Bazar-e Emam market, one of the workers was saying to the merchants, They have even forced your stores to close down. They are destroying our lives. He also held up a red rose which he dedicated to the students who have been supporting the protests of Ahvaz workers in recent days. This flower is for the students who are hearing our voices and stand with us. As the protesters moved across the city, many other Ahvaz citizens joined them and expressed their support for their demands. Iranian authorities are reluctant to directly confront the workers with force. On Saturday, a number of Iranian regime plainclothes agents were present among the protesters but were afraid to take any action. After nationwide protests erupted in Iran, the regimes attempts to quell protests through violence have resulted in a direct confrontation between protesters and security forces. The Iranian regime is finding itself increasingly incapable of containing the rage and dissatisfaction of the Iranian people. Meanwhile, protests by workers, teacher, drivers, students and other strata of the Iranian society are picking up steam and momentum. Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate, specializing in political and economic issues relating to Iran and the Middle East. Follow him on Twitter at @hassan_mahmou1
One would think that this would have been a major story from day One but not in the Goebbelsmedia it isn’t.
During Zero's regime, the only "spring" was Arab. Weird coincidence that he handed over $150 billion to the mullahs, and that didn't lift the country out of its economic disaster. Why, it's almost as if the mullahcracy itself is the problem.
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