The Haft Tapeh workers organized their rally, in the city of Shush, Khuzestan Province, to protest the firing of their colleagues, despite threats from Iranian regime officials and the local prosecutor’s office’s summoning of a number of workers.
The regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) summoned around 40 workers to the Shush police station but the Haft Tapeh workers insist that their just and legal protests will not be silenced.
Some regime officials are starting to acknowledge the rights of workers to protest. Take for example Mahmoud Sadeghi, a member of the Iranian parliament, who recently admitted that labor protests are escalating across the country, with “daily protests by workers of Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Company and the HEPCO industrial complex in Arak”.
On September 25, he said: “The problems resulting from wrong policies have [caused] the country [to face] problems and the workers of Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Company and Arak are paying the price. To have their voices heard, these workers are resorting to various measures such as blocking rail tracks.”
He even acknowledged that factories are being controlled by incompetent regime clerics, asking how they can manage an industrial complex, like Haft Tapeh or HEPCO, when they “should be focused on teaching their students”.
Some of the other protests that took place on Monday happened in Hashtgerd and Tehran, although there were plenty more over the weekend.
In the city of Hashtgerd, northern Iran, trade union members held a gathering outside the judiciary office in Alborz Province to protest the refusal of a state-run institution refused to hand over the lands they bought in various parts of Hashtgerd 27 years ago, during numerous phases of expansion in the city.
One protester said: “Recently, and without the owners’ consent, the Hashtgerd municipality has changed the maps of the purchased lands, effectively eliminating 2,000 pieces of land from those purchased nearly three decades ago.”
Meanwhile, in Tehran, stock owners gathered outside the regime’s parliament to protest recent changes to the regime’s currency laws and regulations, which caused them to lose millions of dollars.
The anti-regime protests in Iran are the result of four decades of regime incompetence, aggression, and suppression. The regime will not change, so the protest will continue until the mullahs are gone.