HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, many protests and rallies took place this week in Iran. Read our recap below for details, photos, and videos from the demonstrations

Saturday, May 14

In Qahdarijan City, Isfahan Province, a group of farmers gathered in a city square to demand their denied irrigation water portions.

A number of laid-off workers of Ramin Power Plant gathered before the entrance of this power plant in Ahvaz for the ninth consecutive day. They asked for prioritizing native labor forces in recruitments.

A number of workers of the Ahvaz and Kharq Oil Companies, who have temporary job contracts, gathered and protested in Ahvaz. They said that the 10 per cent increase in wage is less than the minimum wage enacted by the Ministry of Labor.

Sunday, May 15

Dozens of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) drivers walked off the job on strike and protested before Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company in Tehran. The workers asked for a wage increase in accordance with the enactment of the Supreme Labor Council.

Monday, May 16

The workers of BRT drivers continued their strike and gathered before the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company. They chanted slogans asking the mayor to resign.

 

 

In Tabriz, Ahvaz, Qazvin, Arak, Mashhad, Isfahan and Ilam, a number of Social Security pensioners held protests before the Social Security Organization in each city. These pensioners demanded raising their pension to stand above the poverty line, addressing the supplementary insurance issues, the end year bonuses.

 

 

 

The workers of Karoon and Maroon Oil and Gas Production Companies gathered before the National Iranian South Oil Company office in Ahvaz to ask to increase wages as much as other company personnel wages.

Tuesday, May 17

For the third consecutive day, BRT drivers walked off the job. They said a 10 per cent increase in wage is not enough and less what the Supreme Labor Council has enacted.

A number of land proprietors in the Sardasht area in Arak city gathered before the governorate building to protest uncertainties regarding the construction project of the University of Arak on their lands.

A group of individuals who have lost their money by fraudulent acts of Caspian Credit Institution in Rasht City held protests. Since 2017, their deposits have been frozen and they cannot withdraw their money.

The personnel of a heart centre hospital in Tehran gathered and protested at hospital premises. They protested against low and unpaid wages and issues regarding their pension.

Wednesday, May 18

The workers with temporary contracts who are working for the Oil and Gas Production Companies Karoon, Maroon and Aghajari gathered before the National Iranian South Oil Company in Ahvaz to demand an increase in wages as much as other company personnel wages.

Thursday, May 19

A group of land proprietors in Andisheh Town in Qazvin City gathered and protested in this town. Reportedly, after 25 years, they have not yet been granted the construction permit due to the obstructions of local authorities and a dispute on this issue between the municipality and the Police Cooperative.

In Sarpol-e Zahab County, in Kermanshah Province, a group of farmers gathered before the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad. They protested that the seeds provided by the Ministry have a poor quality.

The motorbike food delivery drivers of the Companies Snapp Food and Snapp Box gathered and protested in Karaj to demand an increase in wages following the current food price hikes.

 

Twelve BRT Drivers Arrested

According to the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, twelve Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) drivers have been arrested on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Since Monday, BRT drivers and other service workers have been on strike demanding a wage increase in accordance with the enactment of the Supreme Labor Council.

The identity of one of the individuals has been revealed as Mohammad Ramezani.

The syndicate also reported that Vahid Freidooni, one of his members, has been arrested along with the eleven BRT drivers.

HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, a number of protests took place this week in Iran. Read our recap below for details, photos, and videos from the demonstrations


Saturday, May 7

A group of ranchmen in various cities such as Shahroud, Qazvin, Isfahan, Arak, Qom, Shiraz, Yazd, Kerman and Mashhad gathered and protested before the building of the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad in each city. In Shiraz, the protestors rallied in the streets after gathering.

They chanted “livestock in Rials, the expenditures in dollars”, and “ranchmen are bankrupt.” to protest against the high prices of animal and poultry feed.

In response to a call for protest against inflation and surging prices in media, in Khuzestan Province, people in Shadegan, Susangerd and Izeh demonstrated. In this regard, in Susangerd, at least 20 people were arrested by security forces. in Izeh City, The police used tear gas to crack down on the protests.

A group of residents of the village Sheykh Taqqeh in Kurdistan Province held protests in their village against destroying farming lands for setting up factories.

They said: “Instead of using the place of Zagros Steel Company which shut it down under various pretexts, now they want to destroy farmlands to set up a factory. The closed factory location suits best this new factory. It is already equipped with gas and water and is near the railway. We are wondering why they want to build the factory on our farmlands.”

A number of staff of the contractor companies who are working for the Ministry of Energy gathered before the Administrative and Recruitment Affairs Organization in Tehran to demand official contracts with the Ministry. They argued that according to the regulations and enactments, all employees who have been recruited through passing the National recruitment exams should receive official employment contracts with government organizations of the Ministry of Energy.

A group of workers of the Coal Mining Galanderoud in Mazandaran Province held protests before the Iranian Mining Products and Supplies Company in Tehran.

According to the protestors, the employer forces them to come under contract with the contractors rather than the company itself.

The workers of contractor companies who are working as welders in Gas Tank Manufacturing projects as well as the Electrical and instrumentation workers working for Gachsaran Petrochemical Company went on strike. They asked for unpaid wages, the end year bonuses and a work schedule of 20 days on/10 days off.

Sunday, May 8

A number of retired workers of Haft-Tappeh Complex gathered before the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour, and Social Welfare office in Shush City. They said that after one year of the employer’s failure to meet their demands, they filed a complaint to the Ministry of Labour. But the process goes through very slowly.

The Social Security pensioners gathered and protested before the Social Security Organization’s offices in Ahvaz, Mashhad, Kermanshah, Ardabil, Rasht and Arak.

Some of their demands include raising pensions to stand above the poverty line, implementing an already enacted plan to close wage disparities, addressing supplementary insurance issues, and paying the end year bonuses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A number of workers of the Tabriz Petrochemical Company gathered before the company entrance to protest against the wage gap between the office personnel and workers.

Monday, May 9

In Mariwan, dozens of teachers and educators gathered before the Ministry of Education in support of two detained teachers Eskandar Lotfi and Masoud Nikkhah.

On May 1, 2022, security protests arrested two teachers and members of the Teachers’ Trade Association of Mariwan Eskandar Lotfi and Masoud Nikkhah. They went on hunger strike right after the arrest.

A number of citizens who have pre-purchased the apartments from the construction project Damon Darya 2 protested before the Kish Free Zone Organization. These protestors asked the managers to fulfil their commitments and complete the construction project after ten years.

The personnel of Sepah Bank gathered in Isfahan to protest against low wages and other demands.

For the second consecutive day, the workers of the Gachsaran Petrochemical Company went on strike and gathered at work premises. They asked for unpaid wages and other benefits.

 

 

Tuesday, May 10

A group of Administrative staff of Ali-Nasab Hospital in Tabriz gathered at the hospital premises to ask for receiving the extra payments that had been allocated merely to medical staff during Coivd-pandemics.

The green maintenance workers of the Municipality of Shiraz gathered and protested before the City Council Building. They protested against irregularities in payments, low wages and the lack of job security.

A group of the candidates for the residency exam protested to change the exam date.

A number of mini-bus drivers in Bandar-Abbas went on strike to protest against the fuel shortage.

Wednesday, May 11

For the third consecutive day, the workers of Gachsaran Petrochemical Company went on strike and gathered before the headquarters of Gachsaran Oil and Gas Company. One of the protestors told HRANA: “Today in this gathering, we the workers who have temporary job contracts ask for levelling up wages adequately because this 10 per cent increase is less than the annual increase in the minimum wage.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A group of shareholders of Bank Day gathered before the Central Bank in Tehran to ask for their demands. They chanted slogans for resigning the bank managers.

The workers of the contractors who are working for Adish Refinery Company in Kangan, Bushehr Province, joined the 1401 Campaign and went on strike. Many workers in the oil industry have recently launched a protest campaign to ask for raising wages.

A number of pharmacists assembled and protested before Food and Drug Administration in Tehran. They protested against the low wages determined by the Pharmacist Association and not holding elections for this association under the pretext of Coivd-19 pandemics for two years.

The residents of two villages in Shiraz County gathered and protested before the governorate building in Shiraz City. They protested against the poor quality and saline water caused by a salt dome along the river.  Despite frequent requests, the local authorities have done nothing to remove this salt dome.

Thursday, May 12

As a backlash to the new wave of inflation, citizens in several cities such as Shahrekord, Andimeshk, Izeh and Junqan poured into the streets. The police and security forces cracked down on the protests and used tear gas and live ammunition to scatter the protesting crowds.

In response to the call of the Coordinating Council of Iranian teacher Unions, both retired and working teachers in dozens of cities held protests before the Ministry of Education in each city and the parliament in Tehran. The protestors chanted slogans in support of detained teachers.

 

 

Detained Teachers Eskandar Lotfi and Masoud Nikkhah on Fourth Day of Hunger Strike

Eskandar Lotfi and Masoud Nikkhah detained teachers and members of the Teachers’ Trade Association of Mariwan, have been on hunger strike since their arrest last Sunday.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the Telegram account of “Teachers’ Union” (Kanale Senfi Moaleman), on Wednesday, April 4, 2022, detained teachers Eskandar Lotfi and Masoud Nikkhah have been on hunger strike since the arrest last Sunday. The two teachers were arrested with Shaaban Mohammadi.

Lotfi, a teacher union activist and the inspector of the Coordination Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, has faced other arrests and convictions for his civil activities.

On Sunday, May 1, in response to a call by the Coordination Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, the retired and working teachers in 45 cities assembled in front of the building of the Ministry of Education. In Mariwan and Bushehr, these protests were attacked by the police and several protestors were arrested. 

Nine Teacher Union Activists Indicted in Saqqez

Nine Teacher Union Activists in the city of Saqqez in Kurdistan Province were indicted by the Public and Revolutionary Court of Saqqez. These individuals were identified as Awat Razavi, Leila Enayat-Zadeh, Taher Hamedi, Taher Ghaderzadeh, Amanj Amini, Aziz Marzi, Ahmad Ghaderi, Khaled Abdollahi, and Soleiman Abdi.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the Telegram account “Teachers’ Union” (Kanale Senfi Moaleman), nine teachers who had been arrested during teachers’ protest in Saqqez were indicted.

The report did not mention the charges against these teachers.

 

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Seven Arrested Teachers Released, Four Teachers’ Detention Extended

On Monday, May 2, 2022, seven teachers who had been arrested during teachers’ protests in Bushehr were freed, while four teachers’ pretrial detentions were extended by 72 days.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, seven teachers who were arrested during the teachers’ protest in Bushehr last Sunday were released and four teachers’ detention was extended by 72 days.

Reportedly, these released teachers have been identified as Hamid Khojasteh, Mohammad-Reza Akbari, Ardeshir Sayyadi, Yousef Sayyadi, Fereydoun Shafiee, Mohammad Melaki and Naser Zendeh-boodi. The detentions of four teachers identified as Reza Amanifar, Asghar Hajeb, Mohsen Omrani and Mahmood Melaki were extended by72 days by the order of the prosecutor’s office.

These teachers had been arrested by the police in Bushehr last Sunday.

On Sunday, May 1, in response to a call by the Coordination Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, the retired and working teachers in 45 cities assembled in front of the building of the Ministry of Education. In Mariwan and Bushehr, these protests were attacked by the police and several protestors were arrested. 

Two Teacher Union Activists Arrested in Mariwan

Security forces in Kurdistan Province arrested two teacher union activists, Jabbar Doosti and Mehdi Tafsiri in Mariwan and transferred them to an unidentified location. Two other teachers and residents of Mariwan, Aram Ghaderi and Aram Mohammadi were also beaten by security forces. Aram Ghaderi was then arrested and released after a few hours of interrogation.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the Telegram channel of the Coordination Council of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, two teacher union activists, Jabbar Doosti and Mehdi Tafsiri were arrested by security forces.

The video received by HRANA shows a teachers’ gathering in Mariwan before the Ministry of Education was taken over by the police force.

In recent days, and especially since the Teacher Appreciation Week in Iran is close, many teachers and educators have been summoned or arrested by security and judicial institutions.

Teacher Union Activist Fatemeh Bahmani Arrested

On Sunday, May 1, 2022, security forces arrested teacher union activist Fatemeh Bahmani at her house and transferred her to an unidentified location. During the arrest, the agents searched her house and confiscated some of her and her family’s belongings including laptops and cell phones.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on Sunday, May 1, 2022,  on International Workers’ Day, security forces arrested teacher union activist Fatemeh Bahmani in Tehran.

Mrs. Bahmani had been arrested on a prior occasion on December 24, 2021,  and released after a few hours of interrogation.

 In 2018,  Mrs. Bahmani was arrested with her husband during a teachers’ sit-in strike in Arak City and sent to prison. Subsequently, in two separate legal cases, Bahmani and her husband were sentenced to two years of suspended imprisonment, which lasts for three years, and a fine of 8 million tomans.

The reason for this arrest, the charges and Bahmani’s whereabouts are still unknown.

HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, a number of protests took place this week in Iran. Read our recap below for details, photos, and videos from the demonstrations.

Friday, April 22

For the thirteen consecutive day, a number of the residents of Saravan village in Rasht Province held protests against waste accumulation in forest areas, which has brought about insects, toxins, and leachate. For about 40 years, the waste of Rasht city and seven other cities are accumulating in the landfills adjacent to this village.

Sunday, April 24

A number of the workers of the Municipality of Shush City gathered in front of the Municipal building to protest against delays in payments.

The pensioners of the Social Security Organization in Ahvaz, Rasht, Arak, Tabriz, Ilam and Kermanshah held protests before the building of this organization. These retirees asked for raising the pensions to stand above the poverty line, closing the wage disparities, addressing supplementary insurance and the end of year bonuses.

 

 

 

 

 

The workers of subsidiary companies of The National Iranian South Oil Company gathered before the main entrance of this oil company in Ahvaz. They demanded returning to a 12-hour shift work rather than an 8-hour shift.

A group of workers of Isfahan Tile Company gathered before the governorate building in Isfahan to demand unpaid wages and other benefits. Since February, they have been unemployed due to factory closure. These workers ascribed these issues to the privatization of the company.

The students of the University of Science and Technology gathered and rallied on the university campus to protest against the new strict forced veiling rules.

The personnel of the Gilan Telecommunication Company went on strike in protest against the layoff of several trade union activists. Reportedly, the new manager has fired the Board members of the Telecommunication Workers’ Union. The strike was staged also against the unfair employment contracts. About 700 employees have refused to sign new employment contracts.

The workers of a company which works as a contractor for Kian Petrochemical Company in Asaluyeh City went on a strike. They demanded increasing wages and modifications in shift hours.

Monday, April 25

A number of citizens and civil activists gathered before the Fatah Corps, a subdivision of IRGC, in Yasuj City to protest against the detention of teacher union activist, Ali Hasan Bahamin. They demanded an official apology from the IRGC intelligence for assaulting Mr Ali Hasan Bahamin.

A group of personnel of the State Welfare Organization gathered before the parliament in Tehran. They protested against discrimination in wages and benefits and asked for more transparency in this regard.

A number of seasonal workers of the Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company Haft-Tappeh gathered at the company premises to protest against the company’s refusal to provide them with an employment contract.

For the second consecutive day, a number of the workers of the Municipality of Shush City gathered before the Municipal building of this city. They asked for delayed wages and other demands.

A number of citizens in Saravan County located in Sistan and Baluchestan Province gathered before the governorate building. They protested against introducing a new coding system for fuel cards.

For the sixteen consecutive day, the residents of Saravan village in Rash Province held protests against the pollution of landfills in forest areas, which has brought about insects, toxins, and leachate.

A number of workers of the contractors who are working in petrochemical industry zones in Bushehr and Asalouyeh and Kangan went on strike and assembled at their workplaces. They asked for raising wages and modifications in shift hours.

A number of professors and personnel of the Islamic Azad University of Kermanshah gathered on campus to ask for levelling up their salaries up to their counterparts’ salaries in public universities.

 

Tuesday, April 26

A group of addiction therapists gathered before Anti-Drug Headquarters. They protested the supply of narcotics in drugstores by the Food and Drug Administration.

A group of stakeholders of Homa Airline Pension Fund gathered before the IranAir company. They protested against the merger of the fund and the Civil Servants Pension Organization.

A number of technician workers gathered before the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor, and Social Welfare in Tehran to protest against low wages and few benefits despite having a long career up to 15 to 20 years.

A group of students of Payam-e-Noor University gathered on campus to demand addressing some issues.

In Tehran, a number of citizens who lost digital assets in the cryptocurrency exchange Cryptoland gathered before the Tehran Public Prosecutor’s Office to ask for the return of their money. Reportedly, their deposits in the form of cryptocurrencies have been frozen.

Some personnel of Masjed Soleyman petrochemical Company went on strike and blocked the road of the factory. Reportedly, one reason for this strike was the recent changes in management.

A number of Scaffolders of Ardabil Power plant, the workers of Asalouyeh Petrochemical Green Tanks Company, Boo Power plant and Navrood Company went on strike and assembled at the companies’ premises. They demanded an increase in wages and modifications in work shifts.

Wednesday, April 27

A group of workers of Jahanpars Company which are working on the Bidboland Gas Refining field in Behbahan City went on strike.  The workers demanded an increase in wages and modifications in work shifts.

A group of students of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences held protests on campus against imposing strict veiling rules on female students.

A group of workers of the Municipality of Shush gathered before the governorate building. They demanded to be paid for three months of unpaid wages and other improvements in their work conditions.

 

The residents of the village Saravan located in Rasht Province held protests against the pollution caused by the landfill sites near the village.

A group of workers and personnel of the Municipality of Ahvaz gathered before Ahvaz Islamic Council to protest against the violation of their rights. They asked the municipal officials to resign.

Thursday, April 28

The residents of the village Saravan continued their protests against landfills in forest areas near the village. This protest turned violent following the interference of police and some of the protestors were injured and arrested.

A group of workers of the Shokoofa Sana’at Company gathered before the governorate building in Kerman City to demand their unpaid wage for the last month.

The workers of Galanderoud Coal Mining Company gathered at their workplace. These workers protested against the company’s decision to bring these workers under a new employment contract with the contractor.

About 52 laid-off workers of the Delfan Granite factory protested before the governorate building in Nurabad located in Lorestan Province. They asked for resolving the issues and reopening the factory.

The workers of the Fara-Petrosazan Naft Setareh Company went on strike to demand an increase in wages and modifications in work shifts.

 

Teacher Union Activist Ali Hasan Bahamin Arrested Violently and Detained 

On Monday, April 25, 2022, the security forces arrested teacher union activist Ali Hasan Bahamin in Yasuj City. He was beaten during the arrest and was released after a day on April 26.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on Monday, April 25, 2022, teacher union activist Ali Hasan Bahamin was arrested violently and detained for one day.

The videos obtained by HRANA show that Bahamin’s hand was injured and surrounding people were trying to stop the security forces from arresting him. According to an informed source, Bahamin was arrested while he was heading back home from the University.

On the day of Bahamin’s arrest, a number of civil activists had gathered to protest against their colleagues’ detention in front of the building of Fatah Corps, a subdivision of IRGC, in Yasuj.

Last Tuesday, during teachers’ protests in Yasuj, he had been arrested and detained for one day as well.