Day 23 of protests by Ahwaz steel workers
by PMOI/ MEK
Iran, Dec. 3, 2018 - The workers of Iran National Steel Industrial Group in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, resumed their protests on Sunday for the 23rd consecutive day.
The workers, who had gathered in front of the governor’s office, were chanting, “Inflation, high prices, answer Rouhani!” challenging Iranian regime president Hassan Rouhani on his promises to improve the economic situation.
The workers were also chanting, “We steelworkers will fight against tyranny and injustice.”
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 regime security forces arrested several protesters in Shush, also in Khuzestan province, where the workers of Iran’s largest sugar cane factory are holding a similar protest. The regime’s 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.
On Sunday, the worker of Ahvaz expressed their support for the workers of Haft Tapeh and called for the release of imprisoned workers.
The workers are also directly targeting the highest authorities of the regime in their slogans. In recent days, the workers have been criticizing the regime for abusing its religious authority to plunder the wealth of the people. On Sunday, the protests were chanting, “God’s victory is near, shame on a government that deceives the people.”
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 regime’s 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.
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