According to reports compiled in October by sources affiliated with the Iranian Resistance, Iranian held more than 204 protests in 59 cities, and 24 provinces with an average of seven protests per day. There were several religious holidays in Iran this month, which would account for the lower number of the October Iran protests compared to last month, especially by workers and teachers.
Workers staged 103 October Iran protests in 29 cities, commercial areas and industrial towns and 18 provinces with an average of three protests per day.
Some of the most significant protests were carried out by AzarAb Industries workers in the western city of Arak. The workers were demanding their outstanding paychecks and an end to privatization which they say has destroyed the company.
Security forces beat and arrested dozens of AzarAb workers during their peaceful protests. Many workers were injured with images of their bloody faces and body published on social media platforms. The prosecutor of Arak confirmed that 21 AzarAb workers were detained.
Police also attacked the factory, where the workers had taken refuge, breaking the front windows. They also shot and took down the factory security cameras. They forced all the workers out of the factory with tear gas. https://twitter.com/IranNW/status/1186264957819727872?s=20
Workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane factory in the southwestern city of Shush went on strike in October demanding that 20 of their laid off colleagues return to work. They also called for an end to the persecution of workers and worker activists and an end to the privatization of the Sugarcane factory.
Defrauded creditors of various regime-affiliated credit institutions held six October Iran protests in four cities and three provinces. These included creditors of the Caspian Credit Institute affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the Samen al-Haj institute, and creditors of the Mehr Housing project in Qarchak.
Iranian pensioners held four October Iran protests in three cities and provinces. They were demanding delayed wages and insurance.
Iranian teachers held three gatherings in three cities and provinces.
These included teachers in Lorestan, western Iran, protesting against changes in their job status.
Teachers in Isfahan and Tabriz in northwestern Iran also gathered to demand their outstanding wages.
Iranian bazaar merchants and shop owners held three protests in Tehran. These included shareholders in Iran‘s base stock market, who gathered outside the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance, protesting new directives for the stock market which has caused losses for the shareholders.
Also, a large number of cellphone distributors in Tehran’s Aladdin Mall gathered against the regime’s monopoly of the cellphone market.
Other groups held 53 October Iran protests in 26 cities and 20 provinces.
The most significant protests were carried out by hundreds of villagers and residents of Lordegan, in southwestern Iran, after reports surfaced that around 500 villagers in Chenar Mahmoudi, including children, were infected with HIV as a result of contaminated needles used by a local health clinic.
Angry protesters clashed with riot police who were dispatched from other areas to quell the protests. The protesters set fire to the Governor’s Office, the health clinic responsible for the outbreak and the office of the representative of the regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.
They chanted, “Death to dictator”, “No to Gaza and Lebanon, I would only give my life for Iran”, and demanded the resignation of officials responsible for the HIV infection. The clashes continued for a number of days. Riot police and security forces arrested a large number of Lordegan residents.
Iranians in the central city of Isfahan also held a protest gatherings in support of Lordegan.
Iranian university students held 12 October Iran protests in eight cities and provinces.
Some of these protests were as follows:
Students at the Quchan University of Advanced Technologies Engineering held a three day protest against high tuitions.
Students of Khomeini University in Qazvin gathered in the university campus demanding an end to gender segregation at the university.
Two day protest gathering by students of Tehran’s University of Science and Technology after at least 70 students were poisoned from cafeteria food.
Tehran University students held a gathering demanding an end to the prosecution of student and labor activists, lengthy prison terms given to activists and banning student activists from continuing their education.
A large number of Tehran’s Amirkabir University of Technology students protested and chanted against high tuition and corruption in the university management.
Iranian farmers held eight October Iran protest gatherings in four provinces.
The most significant gathering was the protest by hundreds of farmers in the central city of Isfahan demanding an end to the transfer of water from Zayandehrud River in the “Bon Borujen Plan”. The water is being transferred to run the regime’s factories in other areas.
The farmers continued their protest for three consecutive days and destroyed the water transfer pipes with loaders.
Farmers in the northern province of Golestan also gathered in protest to the transfer of water from the Caspian Sea to Semnan province.
Hunger strikes in Iran prisons
There were eight cases of hunger strikes by prisoners in October in six prisons and six cities.
Some of these cases include:
Political prisoner Mohammad Mehdi Sajedi in Evin Prison in protest to his poor health and lack of treatment.
Political prisoner Morteza Nazari Sedhi in Evin Prison in protest to his wife not being transferred to Evin Prison.
Political prisoner Qader Mohammadzadeh in the Central Yazd Prison in protest to his 14 years of incarceration without furlough.
Political prisoner Eghbal Zarie in Saqez Prison in protest to the non-implementation of an order for his release.
Political prisoner Mehdi Farahi Shandiz and Reza Riazat in Karaj Central Prison in protest to horrid prison conditions.
Political prisoner and labor activist Atefeh Rangiz in Varamin’s Qarchak Prison in protest to the charges brought against her.
Prisoners in Mahabad Prison in protest to prison abuse by the new head of prison.