NCRI – Members of the Tehran Bus Workers Union took part in a rally in central Tehran on Saturday on the eve of International Workers’ Day demanding the release of labor activists from jail and their basic rights including decent wages.
The bus drivers and staff were joined by a large number of students in the rally. They raised banners which read: “Arrested workers must be freed,” “Unions are our inalienable right” and “A just (decent) wage is our inalienable right.”
Minutes after they began their rally, suppressive state security forces attacked the gathering and confiscated the banners.
The mullahs’ regime is taking draconian measures to prevent workers in Iran from holding protests on International Workers’ Day on May 1.
Each year the regime tries to create an atmosphere of intimidation and threats against workers in order to prevent them from holding anti-regime rallies. This year, they have made a last-ditch effort to do so.
The regime began further suppressive security measures ten days before May 1 to prevent workers’ demonstrations. The regime is believed to be particularly worried by the possibility of angry rallies given the recent escalation in its unemployment crisis.
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK) has made a nationwide appeal for workers and people of all strata of Iranian society to hold anti-regime protests on International Workers’ Day.