Iranian Truck Drivers Nationwide Strike
By Hassan. mahmoudi
While Iran’s economy is squeezed internationally, for its intolerable behavior, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces new US push to create “major changes” in Iran’s behavior.
In the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, Trump said the oil-related sanctions will be followed by other punitive measures to thwart what he characterized as a “corrupt dictatorship” that still harbors nuclear weapons ambitions and foments turmoil in the Middle East through its support of militant groups.
“We ask all nations to isolate Iran’s regime as long as its aggression continues,” he said. he added, “we ask all nations to support Iran’s people as they struggle to reclaim their religious and righteous destiny.”
Meanwhile, Iranian regime claim of having a social base opposing U.S. President Donald Trump and stand against any sanction.
However, amidst the regime’s rhetoric, Iranian truck drivers park their vehicles on highways and parking lots in a show of solidarity with a national trucker’s strike.
Today Truck drivers across Iran marked their 10th consecutive day on strike
A strike by Iranian truck drivers angered about rising business costs has stretched into a 10th day, indicating many truckers are dissatisfied with Iranian government offers to address their grievances.
Moreover, when we see that Iran faces domestic pressure and the regime became much weaker from the beginning of protest in December 2017. With this deep crisis, the country faces an uncertain future. With no breakthrough anticipation for the regime. One example is the truck drivers strike.
Despite, Iran Regime’s Suppressive Measures, ill-treatment, harassment and execution which has been announced by the supreme leader Khamenei Chief Prosecutor General Montazeri, nationwide strike of the heavy vehicle, oil tanker drivers, and truck drivers continued and has intensified in different cities in Iran from May 2018 in Iran and now the strike covers 259 cities.According to the NCRI report Drivers Ignoring the desperate measures of the regime, the noble truck drivers continue insisting on their demands. shut down cargo terminals and refused to load goods while chanting: “Do not be afraid, we are all together”. Many cargo terminals across the country and in the border areas are semi-closed and inactive.
the protest gathering of truck drivers outside of the cities or in parking lots is against the corruption of law enforcement by government agencies, high fuel, and spare part price, low income, poor road conditions, no insurance cover
In addition to the Transportation Organization, the tax department has also been pressing the drivers by imposing new taxes. This is in addition to all sorts of commissions and charges imposed on drivers by various governmental departments.
It should be reminded that it is a long time now that the drivers have been demanding a change of the corrupt management of Iran Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization, but Rouhani’s government is only interested in extorting money from drivers using various pretenses.
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“According to the information we have, in some routes, some of the cities, there are elements who are provoking some of the truckers, or possibly blocking them and creating problems for them. They are subject to the rules and regulations of banditry and the punishment of the bandits according to the law is very severe, sometimes resulting in the death penalty. “(News Network TV News – September 29).
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At the same time, Ali al-Qasimehr, the chief justice of the Fars province, accused the strikers of “corruption on earth,” and IRGC Brigadier General Mohammad Sharafi, one of the commanders of State Security Forces, threatens the protesters with harsh action. (State TV – September 29).
However, two days earlier, the Fars Province Transportation Director-General had called the strike of truck drivers as rumors and said: “It’s been a few days that rumors about truck drivers’ strike have been circulating in the media and cyberspace. This misuse of the opponents from the needs of the truck drivers to create a crisis in the country is clear for every Iranian (FARS, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps news agency, September 27).
IRGC Colonel Kavos Mohammadi, a deputy of the Fars provincial police force, described the strikers as “disrupters of the order,” and said: “Following the disrupting acts of some of these people on the roads of Fars … After the visible and invisible patrol of officers, 22 thugs and disrupters of public order on the roads were arrested and, after filing a case, they were sent to the judiciary authorities and through them to the prisons. Police will deal with sensitivity and vigilance with the smallest insecurity factors in coordination with the judiciary, and the process of confronting with the disrupters of order and security of the roads and axes of Fars province will continue on a daily basis. The police monitor and control all the roads in this province, visibly and invisibly, and resolutely deal with all elements of disrupters of order and security in these areas “(IRNA news agency – September 26).
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, saluted the strikers throughout Iran, describing the vindictive threats of the clerics against the dignified and hardworking drivers as a reflection of the growing crisis of the clerical regime, and said that the ruling mullahs were the biggest bandits in the history of Iran, and that they neither want nor can respond to legitimate demands of striking drivers. She called on all human rights organizations to take action to release the arrested and urged the general public, especially the youth, to support the strikers. She added that realization of these demands is only possible with the establishment of democracy and people’s sovereignty. A regime that threatens to execute its working people due to a strike must be rejected by the international community.
Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate, specializing in political and economic issues relating to Iran and the Middle east.