Truckers’ Strike in Iran Continues despite the arrest

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Truckers in cities across Iran are launching a new round of strikes, protesting not receiving answers to their demands and seeking the release of their arrested colleagues.

Submitted: November 01, 2018

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Truckers in cities across Iran are launching a new round of strikes, protesting not receiving answers to their demands and seeking the release of their arrested colleagues. Iranian truckers have started the fourth round of strike based on calls for a nationwide strike on November 1 which had circulated on social media websites. 

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According to Iran News Wire Truckers are protesting low fares and promises that were not kept by the government, while also demanding the release of detained truckers who were arrested during the third round of strike when more than 200 truckers were arrested.

Reports indicate that until now, truckers in 10 regions in Iran have joined the strike.

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Videos and images circulating on social media show empty highways in Najaf Abad, Shahroud, Asaloyeh and Shadgan.

The truck drivers’ strike has crippled all transportations in the country.

ILNA state-run News Agency reported today that poultry farms are also facing problems as a result of the ongoing strikes. According to the report, because truckers refuse to carry goods due to their outstanding problems, poultry farms, who have no chicken feed, are also facing severe shortages.

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Truck drivers protest in Isfahan suburb, Mobarakeh

In Najafabad, central Iran, truckers are on strike according to a previously made announcement encouraging all drivers to park their vehicles and launch a nationwide protest movement.

One driver says heavy trucks cannot be seen on the Isfahan road, indicating all drivers are joining forces to send a message to the authorities.

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Truck drivers in Isfahan protest against the high cost of spare parts and tires and low transportation fees

The truckers’ strikes in Iran has drawn international support from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) which represents 16.5 million transport workers in various transport sectors and Teamsters.

During the last round of strike which started on September 23 and continued for about 20 days, a court in Qazvin also called for the death penalty against 17 detained truckers in the province.

The ITF condemned the call for the death sentence against 17 truckers in Qazvin in a media release published on its website “in the strongest of terms”, while five major unions also condemned the calls in a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.

Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate, specializing in political and economic issues relating to Iran and the Middle East. @hassan_mahmou1

 
 
 


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