Workers in Iran continue protesting

Workers in Iran continue protesting

Published by on August 24, 2015

workers-protestWorkers in Iran held a series of anti-regime protests for their rights including demanding overdue wages and proper insurance in the past week.

Rallies took place in the cities of Arak, Shush, Kermanshah, Rafsanjan, and Lushan.

According to reports, the regime’s suppressive forces attacked the protest by workers of the sugar cane factory in Shush, south-western Iran, injuring and arresting a number of workers.

Workers in the Danial factory in Shush held a rally on Sunday demanding six months of back pay. This was the third such protest by the factory’s workers.

On Saturday, hundreds of workers from the Sarcheshmeh copper production complex in Rafsanjan, southeast Iran, protested outside the main gates of the complex.

On Thursday, workers from Arak Rail rallied outside the factory demanding their overdue wages.

Workers of the metro project in Kermanshah, western Iran, also protested their unfair treatment by the authorities.

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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