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.

 

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