Iran: Maryam Rajavi Calls for Support for Nationwide Strike by Truck Drivers
Iran Uprising - No. 161
Strike was held in more than 70 cities in 24 provinces
In more than 70 cities in 24 provinces Iranian Truck and heavyweight vehicles drivers went on strike on Tuesday May 22, 2018 to protest deterioration of their livelihoods, low freight, high cost of logistic and vehicle installment costs. They refused to move and load.
Striking drivers declared that they would continue their strike until their demands are met. The strike is spreading to other cities and provinces.
The list of cities where truck drivers have gone on strike received by 6:00 pm local time include:
Mahabad, Bokan, Urumiyeh, and Salmas in West Azerbaijan province, Tabriz and Marand in East Azarbaijan, Kangavar in Kermanshah province; Dehgolan and Sanandaj in Kurdistan Province, Isfahan, Shahreza, Mobarakeh, Zarrinshahr, Lenjan, Mohammad Abad, Qahabad and Nogouran, Najaf Abad, Kashan, Varzaneh, Nain in Isfahan Province, Ivan in Ilam Province, Mashhad, Sabzevar, Torbat Jam, Torbat Heydariyeh, Fariman, Gonabad, Kariz taibad, Nishabour, Bojestan in Khorasan Razavi province, Bojnoord, Jajarm, Garmeh and Shirvan in North Khorasan Province; Birjand in South Khorasan Province; Shahrekord and Sefid Dasht of Borujen in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province; Baghmalek, Dezful, Abadan, Behbahan, Andymeshk in Khouzestan Province, Zanjan in Zanjan Province, Khash and Zabol in Sistan and Baluchistan Province, Shahroud in Semnan Province, Shiraz, Abadeh, Arsanjan, Marvdasht, Kovar, Jahrom, Saadat shahr, Zarrin Dasht, Fasa and Bigdel in Fars Province, Qazvin and Zia Abad in Qazvin Province, Zarand, Bam, Rafsanjan, Sirjan, Kerman, Shahr-e Babak in Kerman Province, Gonbad Kavoos in Golestan Province, Bandar Anzali in Gilan Province, Sari and Noshahr in Mazandaran Province, Arak and Saveh in Markazi Province; Bandar Lengeh and Bandar Abbas in Hormozgan Province; Hamedan in Hamedan province; Ardakan and Mohammad Abad in Yazd province and Bushehr in the Bushehr Province.
The Iranian regime's agents resorted to various measures to create disagreements among drivers. In some cities, including Isfahan, they increased freight charges, which were not accepted by drivers. In Bandar-Anzali, they posted a notice signed by the management of the Motorists' Association and the Guild of Companies, stating that the cost of shipping from Bandar Anzali to any point has increased 12% and cost of bulk shipping increased by 17%. But the strikers continued their strike.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, saluted the striking truckers and heavyweight vehicle drivers and called all Iranians to support the striking drivers.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 22, 2018