The wave of nationwide strikes, protests and uprisings in the cities of Iran

Iran Uprising

This article is based on reports and videos sent by PMOI/MEK activists inside Iran

Iran, July 31, 2018 – Tuesday has been the scene of numerous protests and demonstrations in cities across Iran.

Strike, Protest in Isfahan: Beginning this morning, Tuesday, July 31, truck drivers and owners as well as large group of people and youth in the city of Isfahan have been staging a protest against spiraling high prices, repeated power outages and inhuman policies of the clerical regime in the city’s Amirkabir (now called new Shapour) industrial district. They subsequently marched toward the city’s main streets.

Shop keepers have stopped work and all shops are shut down. Enraged over the runaway inflation, high prices, corruption and repression, the crowd were chanting: “Death to high prices, death to unemployment,” “death to the dictator,” “dignified Shapouris, support us, support us,” “dignified Iranians, support us, support us,” and “incompetent officials, resign, resign.”

Referring to the regime’s hollow promises, they are chanting “these are all lies.” The city’s industrial workers are taking parts in the demonstration by carrying a placard protesting against high prices and terrible living conditions.

A large group of repressive forces and anti-riot units have been stationed on the scene and on different streets to disperse the crowd and prevent its expansion.

Protests erupt in several Iranian cities, Karaj, Rasht, Shiraz  over economic troubles and the rotten dictatorship of the mullahs:

Karaj demonstration started the late afternoon with many young protesters chanting anti-government slogans. The youth are chanting “the people are begging while mullahs are living like Gods.”

Residents of Gohardasht in Karaj, especially women challenged security forces and protested against skyrocketing high cost of living and the spiraling economic crisis.

Security forces attack protesters in Karaj.

July 31 – Karaj: Protesters chanting: “Reformist – Hardliner – the game is over”

Protesters chant the game is over for both factions of the regime the so called reformists and fundamentalists.

July 31, Gohardasht Karaj:  Protesters chanting: “Death to the dictator (Khamenei)” “Beware of the day we take up arms”

Following Karaj, protests erupted in Shiraz, with demonstrators pouring into the streets and chanting slogans against the regime for increasing unemployment rates and the down-spiral in the country’s economy.

Update: 9:00 PM local time: In Shiraz, security forces have started targeting protesters with tear gas. According to local reports, security forces have injured a young boy who had attended the protest along with his mother.

The protests that began in different Iranian cities this afternoon have reached Rasht, Gilan province. The people of Rasht are chanting, “Death to high prices. Don’t be afraid. We’re together.” While the protests were triggered by economic grievances, the protesters of Rasht quickly turned their rage toward the Iranian regime in its entirety.

Following reports of large protests in the central city of Isfahan, Rasht, Ahvaz, Zanjan, Tabriz and a number of other cities, now there are reports of protests and clashes in the city of Karaj, northwest of Tehran.

People chant “as long as the dictator is ruling Iran, the uprising will continue

The Iranian regime’s security forces tried to control the situation in Karaj by attacking the protesters, but the people confronted them.

Since nationwide protests erupted across Iran in December, demonstrations have continued in different cities and quickly turn into anti-government protests.

The people of Karaj also call on their fellow countrymen to rise in their support and encouraged the merchants of the bazaar for supporting protesters.

Maryam Rajavi, President elect  of the National Council of Resistance of Iran(NCRI), sent messages in support of the protesters.

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Maryam Rajavi: Toppling the regime is the only solution for saving Iran’s economy

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Honorable bazaaris of Tehran, Isfahan, Shahr-e Ray, Tabriz, Qeshm, Karaj, Bandar Abbas, Rasht, Shahriar, and other cities,

I salute you all for rising up again and resuming your strikes against the usurper clerical regime.

The uprising which started last December is continuing to carry on thanks to the efforts of our people across the country, from Kazerun to IsfahanKhuzestan and Baneh, from truck drivers and truck owners, to the workers of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane factory and the Steel Factory of Ahvaz, and merchants of bazaar in various cities. Today, the bazaaris and the truck drivers and owners echo the voice of the Iranian people against the mullahs’ destructive rule.

The disastrous state of the economy and the foreign exchange market is the direct product of the regime’s depravity. The free fall of the value of Rial to the world’s lowest is a consequence of the rule of the mullahs who have destroyed everything to preserve their power.

It is the consequence of squandering Iran’s wealth and revenues on the criminal war in Syria, and on export of terrorism and fundamentalism to other countries.

It is the consequence of the devouring of the greater portion of Iran’s economy by Khamenei, the IRGC and state-backed foundations, which has left no business opportunity for bazaar merchants and has put the lion’s share of Iran’s consumers market at the disposal of major shopping centers owned by the IRGC and other regime factions.

The mullahs have no solution for containing this chaotic situation and all of their measures and plans have failed. Sacking the Central Bank’s president, arresting bazaar merchants, spreading lies and false pretenses are no longer effective. Iran’s crumbling economy cannot be saved unless by toppling the regime.

Expanding the protests to bring down the corrupt regime of theft and destruction is the only solution.

I urge the valiant youth of Iran and the resistance units to support the strikes of bazaaris.

As Massoud Rajavi said, “The people of Iran are the ones who have the final say, with their arisen resistance units, the revolting cities, and the National Liberation Army.”

 

Iran: Truckers’ strike spreads to 112 cities in 30 provinces

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Fifth day of truckers’ nationwide strike

July 28, 2018 -Truck drivers across Iran continued their nationwide strike for a fifth consecutive day, spreading to the cities of Arak, Chaboksar, Poldokhtar, Yasuj, Kavar, Kashmar, Neyshabur, Saveh, Eslamshahr, Farrokhshahr, Tehran, Ardabil and Marand.

At 11 am local time on Friday, gas stations in the Saveh road near Eslamshahr were all closed.

Truck drivers were also seen on strike in Khorramabad, western Iran. 112 cities of 30 provinces are now scenes of this nationwide strike movement.

Iranian opposition NCRI President Maryam Rajavi hailed the truck driver’s massive strike and called on all Iranians, especially the youth, to express solidarity with the truckers. Mrs. Rajavi also called on relevant international organization, labor and drivers’ unions in various countries to rise in support of Iran’s truck drivers.

In Mashhad, truck drivers neglected any deceptive promises provided by regime officials and authorities. Officials were seen selling low-cost tires at the city loading terminal center and resorting to a variety of propaganda measures aimed at discouraging drivers into ending their strike.

Truckers across Iran are continuing their widespread strike on Thursday for the fourth consecutive day. This includes drivers in the city of Mashhad, Ahvaz, Karaj, Farrokhshahr, Miandoab and Shahr-e Kord, among others.

The new round of the truck drivers’ strike is witnessing at least 85 cities in 25 provinces joining this cross-country movement.

Authorities in Kermanshah were pressuring truck drivers to end their strike, only to face stiff resistance from them. Intelligence agents and police officers in this city began taking stripping license plates off parked trucks in order to force the drivers to end their strike. The family members of the truck drivers began protesting these illegal measures.

In Mashhad, the loading terminal station was completely empty and no truck at the scene to deliver any goods.

Videos from various cities are being posted on the internet:

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Truck drivers across Tehran continued their strike for a fifth day

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Truck drivers across Tehran continued their strike for a fifth day

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Truck drivers across Isfahan continued their strike for a fifth day

Iran Regime and Dilemma of Choosing Between Two Deadlocks!

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Hassan Rouhani’s recent remarks, warning the United States not to play with the lion’s tail, sparked a lot of reactions, both at home and on international level, with some suggesting that the remarks point to Rouhani’s twofold strategy. But is there even a strategy out there?

Which strategy, seriously?

Already surrounded by a host of both domestic and international crises, the regime is too incapable to speak of a strategy, a well-calculated plan or a long-term road-map. That’s a reality that even regime’s so-called political, economic and social experts now acknowledge.

As confirmed by regime officials, it’s now 40 years that the issue of resuming political ties with the United States has remained on the table as an unresolved predicament.

On one hand, the regime desperately needs to hold talks and establish relations with the United States, but on the other hand it is taken hostage by its own deceitful slogans, including ‘Death to America’. With the issue once again resurfaced, regime’s strategic bewilderment has been highlighted.

The tangled mess of a strategy

“Iran’s officials are suffering a strategic bewilderment. 40 years of ‘Death to America’ has failed to bring a real demise for the country. Infatuation and hatred found in US-Iran relations is the result of a black-white approach towards politics, and now we need a gray look to get rid of that,” writes state-run Iranian-Diplomacy –irdiplomacy.ir– website in an article titled ‘A difficult path towards peace’ on July 17, 2018.

“If it’s been decided to hold talks, which seems to be on the agenda, then let’s not make it difficult. We’d better not hold last minute talks or else we’ll once again be forced to accede to an urgent diplomacy. We have to directly enter into win-win negotiations rather than relying on mediators who are asking for their own share,” the website continues.

So, Rouhani and Khamenei’s remarks should also be interpreted with regard to such an atmosphere.

While Rouhani speaks of blocking the Strait of Hormuz only to ingratiate himself with regime forces and somehow lift their spirits, a few days later, however, he is forced to eat the humble pie by making the most irrelevant and ridiculous comment, saying “by blocking the strait, I didn’t mean to block the Strait of Hormuz, as there are a lot of straits out there and Hormuz is only one of them!”

On July 22, 2018, Rouhani once again threatened the United States, warning the country against playing with the lion’s tail. A remark that prompted a quick reaction from both the US president and Rouhani’s own circle as well, criticizing him for making such provocative remarks under such conditions.

It looks like regime officials have not yet fully grasped the fact that the page has turned, and that they can no longer intimidate others while the West’s flirtation policy is long gone. The mullahs, from top to bottom, are just beginning to understand that making such remarks is going to have heavy unconventional prices for the regime.

Khamenei linked media welcome Rouhani’s remarks

Khamenei-linked media meanwhile have applauded Rouhani for his recent remarks and stances, saying this is the right path to go.

This might somehow be interpreted as an adopted strategy within the regime, especially considering that Khamenei had also recommended in his July-21 speech not to end talks with Europe, but at the same time not to tie in the country’s economy with such talks, either; remarks that before anything suggest an uncertain strategy and, as put by regime’s own experts, are rooted in regime’s strategic bewilderment.

What do regime’s so-called experts say?

“While we’re not allowed to sell oil and import necessary items, we should be thankful to Russia for providing us with goods so we won’t die from hunger. At the moment, we’re in a situation in which we have to choose between bad and worse. That’s why we have to give our oil to Russia and import necessary commodities in return,” says regime MP Hedayatollah Khademi on July 16, 2018.

Also on that same day, Khamenei linked MP Gholamali Jafarzadeh said “those who encourage holding talks with the United States should keep in mind that eliminating the IRGC as well as the vilayat-e-faqih,( Regime’s fundamental principle of guardianship of clergy) as the revolution’s 40-year old achievement, are the first two of the enemy’s 12 conditions.”

So, it becomes quite clear that it’s in no way an exaggeration when we say the regime is not in a position to speak of a strategy or roadmap.

Does the regime have any other imaginable option?

Apart from what was already said, there’s still another option being discussed within the regime. Suggested by regime parliament speaker Ali Larijani, the solution suggests putting aside differences and turning to domestic development instead.

Larijani speaks in such a way as if regime’s rival bands could actually cast aside their differences and jointly adopt a specific policy in the face of crises that are shaking the foundations of the regime.

It doesn’t need much effort to prove that such a formula can’t work for regime’s rival bands that are continuously fighting for a higher share of power, as Larijani himself describes the obstacles his suggestion is faced with, saying “to succeed under such conditions, it’s necessary to first reach a common understanding of the situation, so that instead of dealing with superficial and immature political games we put all our efforts into internal development.”

In other words, this suggests that even if the regime could overcome the obstacles unharmed, it will still be faced with rival bands’ conflict of interests which prevents any progress to be made; something that’s best described as a real deadlock within another!

Iran: New round of truck drivers’ nationwide strike

Port Khomeini, southern Iran – July 23 – Truck drivers on strike
Port Khomeini, southern Iran – July 23 – Truck drivers on strike

Based on pre-arrangements and prior coordination, truck drivers in many cities across Iran launched a second round of strikes starting on Monday July 23, 2018.

Truckers were on strike in the cities of Tehran, Bandar Abbas, Sirjan, Kazerun, Port Shapur, Isfahan, Shahr-e Kord, Sanandaj, Qazin, Port Khomeini, Pol-e Dokhtar, Tabriz, Rafsanjan, Kermanshah, Shahroud, Toroq, Kashmar and Firuzkooh, protesting their unsolved calamities and officials refusing to live up to their pledges.

In Khuzestan, drivers were seen stopping any trucks carrying loads and allowing them to deliver their goods.

Protesting truckers in the Dorud-Azna road were also seen preventing any trucker intending to deliver loads. No trucks were seen on the Shiraz-Ahvaz international highway, Tehran-Saveh, Kangavar-Hamedan and Arzhan Valley-Shiraz roads.

Sources say loading terminal stations in Tehran, Isfahan and Port Khomeini were very vacant. From Monday morning most of the truckers’ in Kazerun were on strike at their syndicate office, all refusing to deliver any loads.

Firuzkooh – Truckers on strike leaving this road completely empty Firuzkooh – Truckers on strike leaving this road completely empty

From early Monday morning the beltway of Shiraz, south-central Iran, security forces dispatched a large number of forces and especially confiscating all cameras.

Truckers in Sirjaz went on strike and refused any loads. Sanandaj was another scene where truck drivers launched their strike, joining their colleagues across the country. In Qazvin, the load terminal station was completely empty and no driver was willing to deliver any goods.

Drivers of Pol-e Dokhtar reported the road was never so empty and some people are also complaining about diesel fuel shortages.

A road leading to Port Bushsher in southern Iran was also empty as drivers are on strike complaining high prices of tires, poor tire quality, and high parking fees.

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Getting to know the Iranian regime’s main opposition

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The National council of Resistance of Iran with Maryam Rajavi as the president

On June 20, 1981, the security forces of the Iranian regime opened fire on a peaceful, 500,000–strong demonstration in Tehran, putting a violent end in a tenuous era of peaceful political activism that had started in February 1979 after popular protests toppled the Shah regime and saw the rise of Ruhollah Khomeini and the mullahs to power. On the morrow of June 20, the regime’s forces would arrest, torture and execute anyone affiliated with opposition groups, especially the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

On July 21, while Khomeini’s regime was fast busy arresting and executing Iranian opposition members by the droves, Massoud Rajavi, the leader of PMOI/MEK, founded the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a coalition of all forces that sought freedom and democracy in Iran.

Months later, the headquarters of the NCRI were moved to France to create a political umbrella for the struggle for freedom inside Iran.

At present, 37 years later, the NCRI is the largest and longest standing coalition of Iranian opposition groups against the regime of Tehran and has managed to stand despite countless conspiracies by the Iranian regime and its foreign allies and proponents. Regardless of their station, the members of the NCRI take active part in protests, demonstrations and activities that aim to expose the Iranian regime’s brutality and promote democracy and freedom in Iran.

The members of the NCRI each have an equal voice and vote in the decisions of the Council, regardless of their political and organizational affiliations. The NCRI’s charter states it seeks to topple the Khomeini regime and to establish a transitional government which will represent all faiths, ethnicities and political tendencies. The transitional government’s main goal is to prepare the grounds for a democratic state and will last a maximum of six months, until the country becomes ready for free and fair elections.

During the six-month transitional period, Iran’s new constitutional parliament will take shape and will oversee the elections.

The NCRI is an inclusive coalition, where all walks of life have a voice. More than half of the members of the NCRI are women, a stark contrast to the mullah-ruled Iran, where women are oppressed and under-represented.

The political platform of the NCRI is summarized by the 10-point plan of its president-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, which has garnered support among political figures, religious leaders and rights activists worldwide, because it addresses all the problems that the world and the Iranian people face in respect with the Iranian regime. Following are key highlights of Mrs. Rajavi’s platform:

  • Free and fair elections and popular vote is the only legitimate path to political power.
  • Respect for freedom of expression, media, political affiliation, and assembly, along with unconditional and uncensored access to internet and other sources of information.
  • The abolishment of the death penalty.
  • Separation of church and state: Freedom of religion and the banning of any form of discrimination based on religion.
  • Gender equality: Banning of discrimination against women and the abolishment of laws that undermine women’s rights in marriage, divorce, clothing, education and employment.
  • Modern legal and judiciary structures: The abolishment of the mullahs’ Sharia law and the incorporation of the presumption of innocence, the right to defense and the right to be tried in a public court.
  • Commitment to human rights based on the Universal Declaration of Humans Rights, and its international covenants and conventions.
  • Commitment to a market economy, with equal opportunity for all Iranians.
  • Peaceful coexistence with other countries and an end to the meddling and destabilizing activities of the mullahs’ regime.
  • Commitment to a non-nuclear Iran. Banning of the development of weapons of mass destruction.

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Special Report Prepared by The Washington Times- Free Iran 2018 Convention

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“Free Iran” is a Special Report prepared by The Washington Times Special Sections Department.