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, April 16

A number of job seekers gathered before the Arvand Petrochemical Company in Bandar Mahshahr to protest against prioritizing the recruitment of non-local workers. Reportedly, ignoring the frequent requests of these local workers, the company management recently recruited dozens of non-local workers.

 

A group of poultry farmers in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province assembled in Shahrekord City to protest against the shortage of livestock inputs, the low price of chickens, the ban on exporting the product out of provinces and the lack of support from the State Livestock Affairs Logistics Company.

The personnel of the Water and Sewerage Company of Behbahan assembled and protested at their workplace. They have not yet received the last two months’ wages as well as the end of year bonuses. They said that their problems have begun after the merger of the company with the Rural Water and Sewerage Company.

In Isfahan, a group of farmers gathered adjacent to a water channel to protest against not receiving their irrigation water.

 

Sunday, April 17

For the second consecutive day, the personnel of the Water and Sewerage Company of Behbahan gathered and protested at their workplace. They have not yet received the last two months’ wages as well as the end of year bonuses.

A group of workers of Iran National Steel Industrial Group gathered before the governorate building in Ahvaz to demand raising wages and extra payment for inclement weather.


A number of the retirees of the Social Security Organization held protests in Ahvaz, Bojnurd, Ilam, Rasht, Arak, Ardabil, Mashhad and Kermanshah and Isfahan before the organization’s headquarters in each city. They demanded levelling up wages and closing wage disparities.

 

 

 

 

 

A group of citizens of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province assembled and rallied against water shortage caused by water transfer projects.

A number of Railway Services & Technical Construction Engineering Company in Zanjan held protests against delays in payments and not receiving Ramadan coupons. Reportedly, they have not received any wages since two months ago.

 

Monday, April 18

A group of truck drivers and other citizens who have purchased imported trucks gathered before the Presidential Administration of Iran in Tehran. They protested against the increase in customs tariffs and clearance fees and the prices for car scrapping. They said that brokers have caused an increase in the expenses of scrapping a car. According to the regulation, the applicants for imported trucks have to provide a certificate of scrapping a used vehicle, in order to receive a car license plate for his imported truck.

A number of Pharmacists gathered before the building of the Food and Drug Administration in Tehran to protest against the illegal status of the Pharmacists Association, low and undetermined drug tariffs.

Tuesday, April 19

A number of the residents of the village Saravan in Rasht province held protests against ill-managed landfill sites leading to waste accumulation in forest areas. In recent days, they hampered the garbage trucks to come into the area and asked for addressing this issue.

A group of green maintenance workers of Robat Karim city located in Tehran province gathered and protests against low wages and their poor living conditions.

A number of laid-off workers of the Neyshabur municipality gathered before the city council to protest against job uncertainties. One of the protestors said: “We are about 96 workers of the municipality of zone 2 who are working for many years. Since the beginning of new year, after leaving the contractor, the municipality has suspended us.” According to them, the municipality has broken its promise to give them a contract with the new contractor.

A group of personnel of Islamic Azad University in Mashhad city held protests before the university building to ask for their demands.

A group of workers of Isfahan Tile Company gathered in front of the governorate building in Isfahan city. They protested against factory closure, lack of job security and temporary employment contracts.

 

Several technical protection and safety services advisers gathered before the Ministry of Cooperatives Labor and Social Welfare to protest against uncertainties regarding their job. According to a prior announcement, the government will not extend their license after the June of this year.

A group of people who have pre-purchased cars from Ramak Khodro Company protested before Tehran Province Justice Building. Reportedly, about 7000 people have not received their pre-purchased vehicles after several years.

A group of personnel of the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour, and Social Welfare assembled before the Ministry to ask for raising wages.

A group of people who lost their money to the frauds of Negin Khordo and Irtoya Companies gathered before Judiciary Public Relations Office in Tehran and asked for more transparency in the legal case proceeding.

Likewise, a group of people who lost their money to frauds of Meftah Rahnavard Khordo Company gathered before the Head of the Judiciary Office. After five years, they have not yet received any vehicles from this company.

A number of truck drivers of Rudbar city located in Kerman Province protested against low Truck fares determined by the Road Maintenance & Transportation Organization of the province.

 

Wednesday, April 22

For several consecutive days, the residents of the village Saravan in Rasht province held protests against unhygienic and ill-managed landfill sites leading to waste accumulation in forest areas. The protesters said that they will continue the protest until their demands are addressed and dumping ground in the forest becomes forbidden.

A group of truck drivers gathered before the Parliament in Tehran to protest against the increasing costs of scrapping cars caused by the role of brokers and intermedia companies.  They also protested against the lack of supplementary insurance and high prices of spare car parts.

A group of the personnel of subsidiary companies of The National Iranian South Oil Company gathered each at their company premises. They asked for a 12-hour shift instead of an 8-hour one.

 

Thursday, April 21

In response to a call by the Coordination Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Associations, retired and working educators in dozens of cities across the country gathered in front of the building of the Ministry of Education. During these protests, dozens of protestors were arrested by the police.

Once again, the residents of village Saravan in Rasht province protested against ill-managed landfill sites leading to waste accumulation in forest areas.

A number of seasonal workers of the Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company Haft-Tappeh went on strike and gathered in company premises. They demanded employment contracts.

A number of the residents of the village Emamzadeh Bagher in Tehran Province gathered beside the entrance road of the village to protest against the lack of proper telecommunication infrastructure.

 

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