Political prisoners in hall 12 of ward 4 in Karaj’s Gohardasht Prison, west of Tehran, celebrated “Fire Festivities” marking the last Tuesday night of the Iranian calendar year, expressing their hatred of the mullahs’ regime chanting “Death to Dictator” and “Death to Mullahs’ Regime”. These celebrations were held despite intense pressures and restrictions imposed by the Iranian regime. Prison authorities had also deprived the prisoners any fresh air time.
On Tuesday 14 March different cities of Tehran such as Shiraz, Mashhad, Isfahan, Yasouj, Shahr-e Kurd and Baneh turned Fire Feast (last Wednesday of the year) to the scene of confrontation and expression of hatred of the velayat-e faqih ominous system.
In Tehran, Fire Feast was widely celebrated at the Mother sq., the third and fourth squares of Tehranpars, and Enghelab and Imam Hossein squares. At the Fifth Avenue of Nirou Hawaii, youth threw firecrackers in front of police vehicle that damaged the front part of the vehicle, causing fear of the suppressive forces. In Tehranpars, youth also burned a large portrait of Khomeini and Khamenei.
Protesters: "We hate injustice", "teachers, students, nurses, workers, unity, and unity!”
On the morning of Sunday March 12, thousands of retirees in Tehran and other cities such as Mashhad, Sari, Tabriz, Orumiyeh, Rasht, Yazd, Khorram Abad, Qom and Ferdows protested against their living conditions. The protests were held in Tehran in front of the office of Rouhani, the regime’s President, in Pasteur Street, regime, and in other cities in front of the buildings of the Organization for retirees. The demonstrators called for the equalization of their pension with other workers, pension reforms and improving their livelihoods.
Thousands of working and retired teachers took to the streets on Thursday staging numerous protests in Tehran and various cities across Iran, demanding the release of their jailed colleagues and condemning judiciary rulings issued against the teacher community. Delayed paychecks, minimum benefits and equal pay similar to other government employees were other demands raised by the protesting teachers.
The protest of hundreds of workers of Iran National Steel Industries in Ahvaz, Khuzestan continued on February 28th for its eighteenth day in front of the governor’s office. They are protesting non-payment of their salary and benefits for five months as well as the uncertain future of their job and factory situation. The workers held banners reading: "We, the workers of National Group, have not been paid for the past few months " and "We, the workers of National Group, are standing until the end." During Rouhani’s visit to Khouzestan, they also gathered Ahvaz airport and protested him by chanting “Rouhani, where are your promises?”
This morning, February 28th, thousands of retirees demonstrated in front of the regime’s parliament to protest the dire situation of their livelihoods. Teachers, nurses and other retired employees, who, in addition to Tehran and Alborz provinces had come from Khuzestan, Khorasan, North Khorasan, Gilan, Mazandaran, Isfahan and Markazi provinces chanted: "Workers, teachers, alliance, alliance”, Rise up to eliminate discrimination", "We will not rest until we get our rights", "Dignity, livelihood is our inalienable right", "one embezzlement less, our problem is resolved", "When it comes to our turn, the coffers become empty". Demonstrators held banners reading: "workers, teachers, students, nurses, alliance, alliance", "poverty line four million (tomans) our salary 1 million", "Our reward is due, its delay is unjust", "We demand equalization with other professions", "the costs are based on dollar, our salaries are based on rial."
Maryam Rajavi calls courageous people of Khuzestan province to continue and intensify protests
The people of Ahvaz in southwest Iran continued their rallies for the fifth consecutive day outside the regime’s governorate, protesting atrocious air contamination, and continuous water and electricity outages in various cities across Khuzestan Province. The angry crowd was heard chanting: “No to this humiliation”, “If our problems are not solved, Ahvaz will witness an uprising”, “Karoon River is dried up, Ahvaz is in unrest,” “We will be here until our problems are solved”, “Khuzestan has oil, but its people are poor”, “Rouhani, shame, shame, shame”, “The cabinet of management and hope, where is the management, where is the hope?”
A rally staged by the people of Shadegan in southwest Iran and the resulting clashes with repressive forces continued for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, February 14.
On Monday, February 13, locals demonstrated and protested the killing of a young Iranian Arab by the name of Hassan Albu Ghabish after state security forces gunned him down on February 9.
Mullah Mohammad Yazdi, head of Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom, attended the inauguration ceremony for the “10th National Session for Bilad Society of Seminary Teachers” and in his remarks shed light on the issue of neglect and opposition in the mullahs’ seminaries.
“Our hopes are in the younger generation of the seminaries … however, many dignitaries no longer have any concern about current affairs, and they see no reason to refer to daily matters… Sometimes clear dissent is also seen.”