Iranian farmers, workers, truckers and depositors held protests today in various cities in Iran.
A number of farmers from Varzaneh in the central province of Isfahan gathered with their families and marched on the street of Varzaneh demanding their water rights.
The angry farmers chanted, “Viva farmers, death to tyrants”, “if you don’t give us our water, we will choose martyrdom”, and “we will stand, we will fight, we will get our water back”.
The farmers also held placards which read, “An honorable death is better than a dishonorable life”, “where is our water?”, and “where is our Zayanderud?” referring to to central Iran’s largest river which has dried out completely due to government mismanagement and water diversion.
Teachers and retirees
Teachers and retirees in the northwestern town of Tabriz gathered today in protest to their dire livelihood condition, low wages, the poor status of their supplementary insurance, and the failure of the government to make good on its previous promises.
The demonstrators, a significant number of which were women, gathered outside the East Azarbaijan Education Department building in Tabriz.
The demonstrators also demanded the release of detained teachers and workers chanting, “Detained teachers and workers must be released.”
The teachers and retirees called for unity among teachers and workers who live below the line of poverty and chanted, “workers, teachers, unite”.
Truckers started their fifth round of strike action yesterday on December 22. The strike action, which was called for a week in advance by the truckers, will continue for 10 days.
Videos of truckers on strike circulated on social media yesterday showing truck drivers who were on strike in Kurdistan, Saveh, and Chabahar.
According to eyewitness reports, most of loading stations in Isfahan were empty in numerous cities. The Amir Kabir and Shapur Jadid terminals in Isfahan, similar sites in Bandar Abbas, Khomeini Shahr and Zanjan were among the striking terminals.
The truckers are protesting the high price of spare parts and low pay.
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) which represents 16.5 million transport workers in various transport sectors and the US based Teamsters union had voiced strong support for Iran’s truckers during their previous strike actions.
A group of workers from the Ahvaz city train project in the southern province of Khuzestan protested their 19 months of unpaid wages for the second day by gathering outside their workshop in Foroudgah Street.
The workers said they would continue their protests until at least some of their wages were paid.
Their employer had previously promised to pay their wages by mid-December during their last strike action; a promise that was not kept.
Around 80 workers from the SANKA CNG factory in Qazvin gathered outside the factory in protest to being laid off and their unpaid wages.
One of the demonstrators who spoke to the state-run ILNA news agency said that since yesterday morning, the factory managers have not allowed 80 workers of the total 125 workers inside saying that they did not have enough financial resources.
The worker said that some of the laid off workers had 13 years of work experience.
“Before this, the factory had around 200 workers and the employer laid off around 50 to 60 workers in September,” he added.
Depositors who have lost their savings to the Revolutionary Guards affiliated Caspian Credit Institution also gathered today in Mashhad.
The depositors, who were predominantly women chanted, “They speak of Hossein, but pride themselves in stealing,” referring to the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, a revered symbol for Shiite Muslims.