Third Day of Strike by Courageous Truckers Across Iran
Iran Uprising -No. 189
The strike of truck drivers in different cities of the country continued for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, July 25.
On the third day, drivers of trucks and heavy vehicles continued their strike in several cities including Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, Shiraz, Kermanshah, Kerman, Zanjan, Urmia, Abadan, Ahwaz, Karaj, Arak, Shahrood, Qazvin, Hamedan, Malayer, Khorramabad, Naghadeh, Najaf Abad , Mobarakeh, Bandar Abbas, Saveh, Khaf, Semnan, Shahrood, Shahrekord, Farrokhshahr, Zahedan, Bojnourd; Yazd; Bandar Khomeini; Khormoussa; Chazabeh; Jajarm; Garmeh; Sabzevar; Shirvan; Kangavar; Darab; Marvdasht; Jahrom; Zarghan; Faroogh; Chalus; Asadabad; Tuyserkan; Andimeshk; Bandar-Mahshahr; and Qom.
The mullahs’ regime has resorted to every attempt to break the strike in recent days. In Mashhad, regime’s authorities sold cheap tires at the terminal and advertised it in a bid to deceive the drivers and break their strike. However, the Mashhad terminal was empty and no truck showed up for loading.
In Sarbandar (Khuzestan province), regime officials used the trucks belonging to Ministry of Transportation for loading goods to confront the strikers. In Shahrekord too, the regime tried to thwart the strike of truck drivers by using trucks associated with government bodies.
In Kermanshah, intelligence agents and the police tried to force the drivers to break their strike by removing the license plates of the trucks of strikers, but they were faced with the protest of strikers’ families.
In Bandar Abbas, the regime mobilized a number of moles among the drivers to start loading goods, and desperately tried to show the situation as normal.
The regime's attempt to stop the strike of truck drivers went futile. As the drivers resumed their strike, the head of the regime's transportation union, Mohammad Khanbalooki, claimed that more than 70 percent of truck drivers’ demands had been met and their major problems had been resolved. He said that all the drivers are aware and know that they should not allow their demands to be used as a means by the enemies of the country…most of those who turned the truck drivers’ gathering into turmoil were from the PMOI who had infiltrated among the drivers…. and all truck drivers have been informed of the PMOI’s attempt for misusing this atmosphere…the routes for the truck drivers in country’s roads are open and 90% of truck drivers have received their bill of loading (state websites - July 23).
The Iranian Resistance salutes striking truck drivers, and calls on brave Iranian youths across the country to show their solidarity with them. It also urges the International Labor Organization and other relevant international bodies and trade unions and syndicates of truck drivers in different countries to support the goals of striking drivers in Iran.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
July 25, 2018