By Staff Writer
Ahvaz Steel Factory employees continued their strike for the sixth consecutive day on Wednesday, chanting anti-regime slogans as they demanded their unpaid salaries and better working conditions.
They started their protest on the streets of Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, before marching to the front of the governor’s office and blocking off the surrounding streets. In videos surfacing online, protesters can be heard chanting “We will not leave from here, until we receive our rights”, “no nation has seen this much injustice”, “Workers of Khuzestan, unite, unite”, and that the mullahs “chant for Imam Hossein, but pride themselves in thieving”, referencing how the Regime wrongly uses Islam to justify its misdeeds.
On Tuesday, the protesters had closed the main gate of the factory, while holding rallies outside of the governor’s office and the entrance of the Ahvaz Sports Complex, in order to prevent Eshaq Jahangiri, the first vice president of Hassan Rouhani’s government, from entering.
Striking workers at the Haft Tappeh sugar mill in Ahvaz, who continued their protests for the tenth consecutive day on Wednesday outside the Shush governor’s office, cried out in solidarity with the steel workers.
They said: “Proud steel workers, thank you, thank you.”
Hail to the deprived workers of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Factory and Steel Factory of who have risen up to demand their rights, calling for expansion of the protests by the slogan of “Workers of Khuzestan, unite, unite.”
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi)
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) November 13, 2018
This is the third time this year that the Ahvaz steel workers have gone on strike to demand their rights be respected.
In June, security forces detained over 50 workers and four detainees were brutally beaten after being taken to a detention centre.
The Free Workers Union of Iran said at the time: “One of the workers was beaten to the extent that he suffered a haemorrhage, but the authorities did not make an effort to transfer him to a medical facility.”
The FWU reported that another detainee was shot with a taser gun while in custody.
They also went on strike in February.