Iran Truck drivers continue to strike and arrest 156 people
Truck drivers and truck drivers continue to strike in Iran on Tuesday for the 11th consecutive day amid arrests of 156 of them on charges of threatening national security and aggravating the economic crisis, the Harana agency of the group of Iranian human rights activists said.
Activists and journalists broadcast footage and pictures showing trucks continue to stop working in the cities of Zerin Shahr, Ardikan, Mashhad and the provinces of Tehran, Isfahan, Ahwaz, Azerbaijan and Kurdistan, while various cities across the country are joining the strike.
Iranian public prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri threatened to execute the strike organizers on charges of “threatening national security” while the hardline media considered the truck drivers’ strike to be the most serious of all the ongoing labor strikes in Iran because they contributed to crippling economic life and rising fuel prices. Is a dilemma for the regime, which is trying to suppress the strikers on the pretext of threatening national security.
Most truck drivers in various provinces insist on taking part in the week-long strike in protest against low wages and expensive auto parts, such as tires, higher freight charges and higher costs in deteriorating economic conditions.
The strike began on Sunday, September 23, because of the impact of the rise in the local currency and its collapse against the dollar on doubling the prices of auto parts.
The price of the “Pias” tires is two million and 900,000 to 2 million tomans, while the brokers sometimes sell 5 million and 500 thousand tomans to truck drivers, the state-run Mehr news agency quoted drivers as saying.
In the same context, 153 parliamentarians sent a letter to Iranian President Hassan Rowhani asking them to intervene in the case and protect truck drivers and meet their demands.
“The steady increase in the price of heavy vehicles and the low rates of pay have led drivers and hard-working truckers to stop working and there is a need to have a support package for them to continue their work,” the Fars news agency said.