On March 2 and 3, the people of Iran held at least seven rallies and protests in different cities over officials’ failure to meet their inherent demands. Southern provinces like Khuzestan, Hormozgan, and Kerman had the lion’s share in the March 2 and 3 protests.

On the other hand, citizens protested the government’s imprudence in resolving their current dilemmas. Furthermore, retirees and workers protested officials’ failure to pay their pensions and salaries.

Rally of Contract Teachers—Iranians continue protests on March 2 and 3
Rally of Contract Teachers—Iranians continue protests on March 2 and 3

Rally of Contract Teachers

Tehran province—on March 2, contract teachers held a rally in front of the Education Ministry. They protested the ministry’s procedure for the recruitment of new forces. They demanded officials issue their work licenses.

Despite the coronavirus outbreak and rampant economic dilemmas, the government refuses to ease the people’s hardship. Alongside many other classes, teachers, educators, and trainers have frequently called on officials to follow up their problems. However, the government declined to pursue their demands, leaving them in a dire situation.

Rally of Municipality Workers—Iranians continue protests on March 2 and 3
Rally of Municipality Workers—Iranians continue protests on March 2 and 3

Rally of Municipality Workers

Khuzestan province—workers and sweepers of the Kut Abdollah district in Ahvaz staged a gathering in front of the Urban Services’ bureau. They protested officials’ failure to pay their salaries for four months.

“In such circumstances and regarding growing prices, workers’ salaries only cover some days’ expenditures. However, the employers have usurped our meager wages,” said protesters.

“Please help us workers of the Kut Abdollah Municipality. For four months, we are living without salaries and insurances,” workers had written on a banner.

Rally of Steel Retirees—Iranians continue protests on March 2 and 3
Rally of Steel Retirees—Iranians continue protests on March 2 and 3

Rally of Steel Retirees

Khuzestan province—on March 3, retirees of the Foulad [Steel] Industry held a rally in front of the Provincial Governorate in Ahvaz.

They protested officials’ non-transparent actions and the fate of their savings at the Foulad’s retirees’ fund. “Autonomy within Foulad’s fund has made the fund a backyard for officials,” a protester had written on a banner.

Shopkeepers’ Protest—Iranians continue protests on March 2 and 3
Shopkeepers’ Protest—Iranians continue protests on March 2 and 3

Shopkeepers’ Protest

Khuzestan province—shopkeepers of shopping centers like Karun, Mahziar, Kianpars, etc. held a gathering in front of the Provincials Governorate in Ahvaz. They protested the strict restrictions of coronavirus.

In the past year, many Iranian citizens were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, the government has done nothing to assist millions of people who are struggling with economic dilemmas.

Officials’ negligence has prompted citizens’ outrage in different cities across the country. In other words, the government forced the people to chose between illness and starvation.

Rally of Lirdaf Residents—Iranians continue protests on March 2 and 3
Rally of Lirdaf Residents—Iranians continue protests on March 2 and 3

Rally of Lirdaf Residents

Hormozgan province—residents of Lirdaf district in Jask county held a rally in front of the Cooperative office. They protested officials’ failure and imprudence in distributing wheat flour.

“The Islamic Republic officials’ indifference and imprudence contributed to the growing inflation rate and the shortage of essential items. Thanks to the Islamic Republic, the price of essential goods and foodstuff has increased several times!” said protesters.

Rally of Railroad Workers—Iranians continue protests on March 2 and 3
Rally of Railroad Workers—Iranians continue protests on March 2 and 3

Rally of Railroad Workers

Kerman province—contract workers of Travers Railroad company in Zarand city held a rally, protesting managers’ failure to pay their salaries and arrears for three months. They include 60 workers and work at the Zaran-Siriz project.

“These workers have been working on this project for several years. Given the employers’ refusal to pay their salaries, they struggle with numerous dilemmas,” said a worker.

Rally of Technical College Students—Iranians continue protests on March 2 and 3
Rally of Technical College Students—Iranians continue protests on March 2 and 3

Rally of Technical College Students

South Khorasan province—a group of students, professors, and staff of the Birjand Technical University held a rally in front of the Provincial Governorate. They protested officials for integrating this university with the Birjand University. They called on relevant officials to follow up their complaint.

“No to Integration,” “The independence for the Technical University,” and “Protection of the province’s industrial education,” protesters had written on banners.

Iranians Continue Protests; at Least Four Rallies and Strikes on March 1