The situation in Iran has been declining for several years. The regime has been facing numerous protests, strikes, and anti-government demonstrations for a long time, and there is nothing to suggest that this would change in the near future.
Despite the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, many people are striking in the oil, gas, and petrochemical sector. At the weekend, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the main opposition to the Iranian regime, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK), reported that employees in this sector in 20 cities across 12 provinces have been on strike. The provinces are Sistan and Baluchestan, Hormozgan, East Azerbaijan, West Azerbaijan, Isfahan, Ardabil, Ilam, Bushehr, Khorasan Razavi, Khuzestan, Fars, and the Central province.
#Iran: Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (#NCRI), hailed the perseverance of the striking workers and employees and called on the public, especially the youth, to rise up in their support.#IranProtests https://t.co/Scszzo64KH
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) August 8, 2020
As the days go on, more and more employees at these sites and refineries are joining the strike.
The Iranian regime is concerned about the activity taking place because the people’s anger is palpable. For the past few years, the regime has come to the realisation that its days are numbered and that the people of Iran are going to be the force behind the regime’s eventual and inevitable collapse.
Many of the strikers have been complaining about the overdue salaries that they have been overdue for quite some time, sometimes several months. The regime, being careful to ensure that the situation does not grow out of control, has tried to placate some strikers by paying the overdue salaries of workers in a power plant in South Pars. However, the strikers are not falling for the regime’s attempts to put an end to the action – they are vowing to continue striking until all of their demands have been acknowledged and addressed.
Workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company on Monday, August 10, continue their protests and strike for the 57th day in Shush, Khuzestan province, southwest Iran.#IranProtests#اعتراضات_سراسری pic.twitter.com/nDvQyAqvWq
— People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) August 10, 2020
Workers at the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Industrial Complex continued with their strike that has lasted more than 55 days so far. They gathered in the city of Sush and said that they are going to continue calling for authorities to meet their demands. The workers, among other things, are calling for the regime-affiliated network that took over the complex to be dismissed.
Activities using graffiti to spread favorable messages about the #MEK. The main emphasis was remembering those political prisoners who were massacred in 1988 after ‘’ death commissions’’ were established which tried and hanged MEK supporters. https://t.co/vqNEdCeGNH #FreeIran2020 pic.twitter.com/RaUrTxQ8yA
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) August 10, 2020
The continuance of these strikes is very important to the MEK Resistance units that are working towards freedom, equality, the respect of human rights and democracy. Workers across the country are subject to very poor working conditions, with many facing an uncertain future. Furthermore, countless people across the country also wait months for their wages to be paid – a situation that makes life even more difficult for those already living in poverty conditions.
The people, thankfully, have the support of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK). They have been instrumental in ensuring that the voice of the people is not silenced by the regime and they are gathering international support to put pressure on the regime.
President-elect of the NCRI, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, praised the striking employees for their courage, determination, and perseverance and urged the people to rise up in support of them. She called on the young people, in particular, to speak up.
Hail to the workers and employees of oil, gas and petrochemical facilities of #Iran who have continued their strike for the 8th consecutive day in 12 provinces. I urge the people of Iran, particularly the brave youth, to rise up and support them.
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) August 8, 2020