There were two reported Iran protests today including a strike by the Farabi Petrochemical company workers and a protest gathering by the Tarbiat Modares University students in Tehran.
Farabi Petrochemical Company workers
In the Bandar-e Khomeini port in Khuzestan Province, workers of the Farabi PetrochemicalPlant went on strike demanding that the company manager
A video of the protest shows workers chanting for the removal of the company manager.
“In the past few months, we went on strike for 40 days and expressed our grievances to the authorities,” a worker told ILNA state-run News Agency.
“They promised that they would carry out our requests and therefore we stopped protesting for two weeks,” the worker said.
“But unfortunately they were empty promises and we once again started our strike on October 20 and this time, in addition to demanding our wages, we want a change in the company management,” he added.
The Farabi contract workers are also protesting the lack of job classification in the company which has to be implemented in petrochemical companies according to the law.
Tarbiat Modares University students
Students of the Tarbiat Modares University in Tehran also held a gathering today in protest to problems at the university, including issues with university dorms and poor food quality.
In pictures of the protest gathering, students were seen holding up red signs which read, “non-complimentary education, closing dorms, are policies of the Ministry of Higher Education.”
According to Wikipedia, Tarbiat Modares University is an exclusively graduate university with its main campus in Tehran, Iran. It was founded in 1982 to train university professors and is consistently ranked among Iran’s top universities.
Students of Tehran Islamic Azad University protest arrest of students
Protests and skirmishes with the police were also reported at the Islamic Azad University Central Tehran Branch.
The protest started when the Guidance Patrol entered university grounds. The Guidance Patrol is charged with controlling the Islamic dress code and dealing with attires the government deems “unconventional”.
Reports indicate that four students were detained while the phones of a number of other students who were filming the events were confiscated.
According to a student, the Guidance Patrol entered the university at 10:30 am and detained a number of students. They were asked to give written commitments that they would change their clothes. The police wanted the address and telephone numbers of the students’ parents but the students refused to give them the information.
A video posted on social media shows a police car running into a female student.