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Iran: Uprising and General Strike of the People of Baneh in Protest at the Killing of Porters

 Mrs. Rajavi’s call to the people of Kurdistan and throughout Iran to support the people of Baneh

On the morning of Tuesday, September 5th, the merchants of Baneh (western Iran) went on strike protesting the murder of two porters by the Revolutionary Guards. They shut down their shops and the whole bazar. Also, this morning, thousands of the people of Baneh held a protest rally. The angry people from different parts of the city went to the governorate and threw rocks at the governor’s building. They demanded an end to the killing of the porters.

Killing of porters is a routine by the regime of mullahs. Yesterday, two porters, Heydar Faraji, 21, and Qader Bahrami, 45, were killed with the direct shot by the regime’s border guards. One of the victims called Qader Bahrami was married and had four children.

During today’s demonstrations, the repressive forces began to disperse the protesters by storming them and firing tear gas, but the people confronted them and neutralized the tear gas by burning tires.

The mullahs’ regime flew military helicopters over Baneh and attacked the people by bringing anti-riot guards to the scene, but they were not able to prevent the anger of the people.

In the course of the demonstration, a number of people were injured and more were arrested. Frightened of the angry people, It is said that the criminal governor of Baneh has escaped and is hidden in an unknown location.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, offered her condolences to the families of the porters, saluted the people of Baneh and their brave demonstrations, and called on the courageous and freedom-loving people of Kurdistan and other Iranian cities to support the people of Baneh and the toiling porters. The porters are being killed by the Revolutionary Guards while according to the regime officials, Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards and other intelligence and security agencies of the clerical regime are the main conductors of smuggling in the country that, according to the regime authorities, amounts to $25 billion a year.

In a press conference in London on March 7, 2017, the Iranian Resistance unveiled 90 piers, i.e. about 45 percent of the country’s total piers, used for large-scale smuggling, and are mainly at the disposal of the IRGC.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

September 5, 2017