Iran protests: Second day of strikes and demonstrations in Tehran’s Bazaar
Iran, August 12, 2018 - The strikes and protests of the merchants of Tehran’s shoe bazaar entered their second day on Sunday. The protesters, who started their strike due to high prices and lack of access to the basic goods necessary for their line of work, chanted “Death to high prices” and “Death to the dictator,” targeting the regime in its entirety.
Tehran Bazaar, Aug 12-heavy security pressure on stores to remain open
6:00 PM CET: An MEK activist reporting from the bazaar said, “The Iranian regime has dispatched a unit of special forces to the Passag-e Moussavi and Emamzadeh Seyyed Vali. They’re accompanied by plainclothes agents. The head of the police department’s investigation unit is also hear and is threatening anyone who’s taking films and pictures. Some of the merchants still haven’t opened their shops.”
“There’s a military curfew here,” the activist says. “The agents will crack down on anyone who takes pictures or closes their shops. Some of the agents are saying, ‘We are tired, but we’ve been ordered to prevent any protests from taking place.’”
But the strikes continue despite the regime’s extreme measures to prevent strikes and protests, there’s still turmoil in Tehran’s bazaar and a large number of shops remain closed.
11:30 AM CET: New reports indicate that despite the heavy presence of security forces, the number of protesters in Tehran’s shoes bazaar continues to grow. Striking merchants are chanting “Death to dictator” and “Death to high prices” and are calling on all other merchants to join them and close their shops.
Tehran shoe Bazaar, Aug 12-All shops closed for strike
Currently, the Vahid, Azam, and Kamali shopping centers in Tehran are taking part in the strikes. The number of protesters and striking merchants are constantly increasing.
The protests, which started yesterday, quickly expanded beyond the shoe market and garnered the support of Sepahsalar, Manuchehr Khani, and Moussavi bazaars as well.
According to reports obtained by the MEK network, security forces are threatening merchants and trying to force them into opening their shops. But the strikers continue to refuse to open for business and their numbers continue to grow.
The protests are taking place against the backdrop of ongoing nationwide protests that started in December and have continued since then.
Last week, protests erupted in several cities, with slogans being chanted against the highest authorities of the regime. Clashes ensued between protesters and security forces.
Tehran, Aug 12-The 3rd day of garment Bazaar strike
Security presence in key places of Tehran and other cities has increased. However, the people are becoming bolder in defying the Iranian regime’s repressive forces and voicing their protests against the regime.
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