The number of protests have increased in Iran as more and more people go under the line of poverty as a result Iran’s economic policies and systematic corruption.
Teachers strike for second day
Today marked the second day of a nationwide strike by Iranian teachers. The strike started yesterday and continued in more than 340 schools in 80 cities and 25 provinces.
Images posted on social media showed students holding placards in solidarity with their teachers.
Teachers are protesting the arrest and suppression of teacher unionists, their dire livelihood conditions, inflation and the sharp drop of their purchasing power.
This is the second time Iranian teachers go on strike. The first time was in October when they went on strike in more than 130 schools in more than 66 cities and 23 provinces.
Ahvaz steel factory workers gathered outside the Khuzestan Governor’s Office in protest to their unpaid wages and ambiguities surrounding the company’s ownership and production issues for the fifth consecutive day.
The workers chanted “Khuzestan workers unite, unite.”
The angry workers also blocked the car of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s Vice President to get a response to their grievances. They were given none.
The workers also chanted, “We will not surrender”, “a nation has never seen such injustice”, “you chant for Imam Hossein, but pride yourselves in thieving”, and“what have the hidden hands done to the factory” in reference to ambiguities surrounding the ownership of the company.
Workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Mill in southern Iran also continued their strike for the 10th consecutive day in protest to not receiving their wages for four months. They chanted in solidarity with the Ahvaz steel workers chanting “Thank you steel workers.”
The last of round of protests by the Ahvaz Steel workers was in June when more than 50 workers were detained by security forces. They were demanding three months of their unpaid wages.
According to labor unionist, four of the detainees were brutally beaten after being taken to a detention center for suspects arrested for drug offenses.
Reports also indicate that workers of the Jahan Vegetable Oil Company also gathered outside the Zanjan Governor’s Office for the third day today.
In an interview with ILNA, one of the workers said that they had not received their paychecks since May. The worker also said that they were still waiting for four months of their salaries from previous years. This means that they have not been paid for 10 months of work.
Caspian depositors’ protest
A group of depositors who lost their life savings to the Caspian Finance and Credit Institutions also gathered outside the Central Bank building in Tehran yesterday.
The depositors chanted “the bankrupt government is sitting on our money”.
Caspian Finance and Credit Institution is one of the largest in a long series of failures of Iranian financial institutions in recent years resulting in the destruction of the savings of thousands of people in Iran.
According to a New York Time article, “the cascade of defaults, economists say, was not just the result of risky banking practices, but also a case study in official corruption — a major reason Iranians found their losses so infuriating.”