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, many of which were continuations of ongoing movements.  Read our recap below for details, photos, and videos from the demonstrations.

Saturday, February 26

A group of teachers whose earnings are based on tuition fees held protests before Parliament in Tehran. The teachers are awaiting to be recruited by the Ministry of Education, which has not yet happened despite earlier announcements.

A group of workers of the Karun Agro-Industry assembled at their workplace to ask for official contracts, wage raises, and employment contracts with the company rather than with contractors.

The workers of the Tazareh Coal Mine assembled before mining company headquarters in Shahrud City. They demanded to be recruited by the company rather than by contractors. They also asked for job safety and the implementation of Job Classification Plan.

A group of people who have pre-purchased cars from the car company Sanat Khodro Azerbaijan, yet have not received their cars, protested against before the Economic Crimes Courthouse in Tehran where the trial against the company’s manager was held.

A group of personnel of the East Azerbaijan Telecommunication Company held protests before company headquarters in Tabriz to protest against compulsory retirement and delays in payments.

Sunday, February 27

A group of retirees and pensioners of the Social Security Organization held protests in various cities. In Tehran, the protests were held before Parliament. In other cities, they were held be for the organization’s building. They asked for payment of government debt to the Social Security Organization, raising pensions above the poverty line, free medical services and the elimination of discrimination.

A number of citizens who lost their money through fraudulent acts by the Fardad-Kar Amitis Company gathered before the Prosecutor’s Office of the Judiciary in Tehran. Since December 2018, this company held education courses about cryptocurrency for free in order to encourage people to invest. More than 18 thousand people who lost their investments have a complaint against the company.

A group of citizens who have not received their pre-purchased cars from the Negin Khodro and Irtoya vehicle companies after five years gathered before Tehran Public Prosecutor’s Office.

A group of workers of the Municipality of Kut Abdollah protested in front of the Governorate building in Ahvaz City. They asked for the payment of several months of delayed wages.

For the sixth consecutive day, a number of contracted teachers held protests before Parliament in Tehran. They are awaiting official recruitment by the Ministry of Education, which has not yet taken place.

A group of retired and working personnel of Telecommunication Company from various cities gathered and held protests before the company building in Tehran.

In Gorgan, Ahvaz and Ilam cities, a number of retired healthcare staff gathered before the building of Civil Servants Pension Organization. They asked to raise pensions and close disparities in pensions.

A group of the retirees of Fulad Pension Fund gathered before the fund’s office in Tehran, Ahvaz and Isfahan to ask for wage demands.

Monday, February 28

A group of retired and working personnel of military forces together with their families gathered before the governorate building in Mashhad and Shahrekord cities and before Parliament in Tehran. The protest was held to demand their poor living conditions are addressed.

For the seventh consecutive day, the contracted teacher came from various cities and gathered before the Administrative and Recruitment Affairs Organization in Tehran. These teachers asked the Ministry of Education to recruit them as it had planned and announced before.

A group of seasonal workers of the Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company Haft-Tappeh went on strike in protest of the organization’s failure to address their issues. In violation of labour law, the company refuses to sign an employment contract with them.

Like in recent days, workers of the Municipality of Kut Abdollah protested in front of the Governorate building in Ahvaz City to ask for the payment of several months of delayed wages. One of the protestors said: “It has been about ten days since we went on strike. The authorities do not respond to us so we went to Ahvaz to protest. We ask the governor to address our issues”.

Tuesday, March 1

A number of the workers of the Pars Paper Haft-Tappeh Company went on strike and gathered at factory premises. They asked to be recruited directly by the company rather than contractors.

A number of families of the victims of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 gathered before Ukraine Embassy to show their sympathy and support towards the Ukrainian people in the face of Russian aggression. Reportedly, this gathering turned violent with the interference of security agents.

Wednesday, March 2

A number of the victims of the Cryptocurrency network “Kink Money” run by the Baadraan Gostaran Company gathered before the Public and Revolutionary Court in Tehran as well as before Criminal Courthouse No. 1 of Tehran Province. They asked to revoke the company license and take legal action against the financial offenders.

Residents of a village located in Ramhormoz County gathered before the city’s Justice Building. The protestor said that recently, unknown arsonists set fire to their houses, vehicles and well pumps. Police and authorities have done nothing to detect criminals and restore safety to the village.

Once again, workers of the Pars Paper Haft-Tappeh Company went on strike and gathered on factory premises. They asked for job safety, recruitment by the company rather than contractors and the implementation of the Job Classification Plan.

About fifty butchers in Borujerd City gathered before the county’s Veterinary Network building county to protest against delays in meat delivery from the slaughterhouses. A new rule in the Veterinary Network that requires meat to be kept in cold storage for 24 hours before delivery has caused the delays.

Contracted staff of the Electricity Distribution Company of Lorestan Province held protests before the governorate building to ask for direct recruitment by the company rather than contractors.

Thursday, March 4

A number of the workers of the Pars Paper Haft-Tappeh Company went on strike and gathered on factory premises. Their demands include having a job contract with the company rather than contractors and the implementation of the Job Classification Plan.

A group of medical staff of private health center in Tabriz city gathered before the governorate building in this city. Reportedly, they protested against eight months delays in payment.

About 25 guards working for the Sangrud Coal Mine Company gathered at mine premises to protest unpaid wages and insurance contributions.

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