Only two days before the end of 2020, the Iranian people once again vented their anger against the regime’s mismanagement and plundering policies during at least eight rallies and strikes in different cities.
The impoverished people, who are struggling hard to make ends meet, see no choice but protesting officials over their inherent rights. The continuation of such movements signals to the regime that it can no longer dupe the army of hungry and unemployed citizens with hollow words and unkept promises.
Rally of Company Health and Medical Staff in Front of Majlis
On December 29, company health and medical staff held a rally in front of the Parliament (Majlis) in Tehran, protesting the regime’s negligence about their fundamental rights.
Protesting employees also complained over flagrant discrimination by health officials. While many of these selfless people have confronted the novel coronavirus for months and thousands of them have contracted the virus, officials still do not recognize these people’s rights and deprive them of some pensions.
Notably, the regime has just increased the pensions of some staff by 50 percent. However, many of these noble staff had been excluded from these pensions. They say that “we have been deprived of extraordinary pensions because of our recruitment order.” This is while the regime has paid the pension to contract and official forces.
On the other hand, they protested the non-implementation of Article 10 of the country’s services law. According to the law, the government must increase employees’ privileges by 50 percent. “Discrimination between the staff of Medical Sciences Universities have disappointed us,” protesters said.
They also protested the Health Ministry for not turning their recruitment condition from company employees into a definite contract. They say that “the Health Ministry must define company health and medical staff’s job conditions immediately.”
Rally of Owners of Kouhestan Park’s Lands
In Yazd—owners of the lands of Kouhestan [mountains] Park held a rally in front of the local judiciary office. It seems that the regime has impounded these people’s estates but did not pay the price.
Third Rally of Shahin Car’s Customers
In Tehran—customers of Shahin Automobile held a rally in front of the Iran Consumer and Producer Protection Organization (CPPO) for the third time. Customers protested an unprecedented increase in the car’s price.
“With 800 million rials, we registered for a car that was supposed to be worth 1.6 billion rials. Currently, they say its price is 2.7 billion rials [$10,800]” said a protester, adding, “Two times we gathered in front of the Competition Organization, but we have received no answer.”
Rally of Unemployed Workers of Rangin Nakh Factory
In Semnan province, east of Tehran—the Covid-19 and the country’s dire economic conditions left many workers unemployed. Official sources estimated that at least 600,000 workers and employees have lost their careers during the pandemic, meaning 600,000 families have no breadwinner.
In this respect, unemployed workers of the Rangin Nakh factory held a rally in front of the Provincial Governorate, demanding their wage claims.
Rally of Unemployed Youths of Behbahan County
In Khuzestan province, southwestern Iran—a group of young people from Shahrouei Village, in the suburb of Behbahan County, held a rally in front of Behbahan’s Governorate. They protested officials for failing to provide necessary jobs for these young forces.
Rally of Company Medical Staff in Yazd
In Yazd province—company medical and health personnel held a gathering in front of the Provincial Governorate, demanding their rights. Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis in Iran, the regime has yet to pay salaries and arrears of many medical staff, physicians, nurses, and healthcare workers, despite their invaluable services.
Rally of Unemployed Youths of Ghal’e Chan’an Village
In Khuzestan province—a group of Ghal’e Chan’an village residents, southeast of Ahvaz, held a rally, protesting a lack of proper employment. On December 29, these impoverished people gathered in front of the Steel Industry Complex and Khuzestan Provincial Governorate for the second time.
Khuzestan province benefits from unique conditions, while the regime can recruit all youths in oil, steel, agriculture, transfer, and other fields. However, due to the mullahs’ and the Revolutionary Guards’ (IRGC) mismanagement and plundering policies, residents’ share of the province’s gift of resources is poverty and misery.
Rally of Literacy Movement’s Teachers
In Yazd province—members of the literacy movement held a rally in front of the Provincial Governorate, demanding officials clarify their employment status. These teachers have been deprived of their legal rights despite working for their movement for six years.