June 13, 2018
AHVAZ, Iran, June 13, 2018, the National Alloyed Steel Workers of Ahvaz (Khuzestan province), gathered in front of the provincial governor’s office to mark the eighth day of their strike.
Protesting the Khomeiniist regime’s unlawful arrest and detention of their colleagues they chanted: “Detained workers must be freed unconditionally”, “Embezzlers get away with it, the workers get the noose”, “Neither threats, nor prison makes any difference anymore.” The detainees, all of whom were arrested on Monday night, had gathered in the Square No. 3 of the Kian-Pars area of Ahvaz. They regime’s guards, anti-riot units and the plainclothes agents brutally attacked and arrested 60 protesters who were immediately transferred to the city’s detention center in two vans.
The names of 29 of the 50 arrested on Monday, June 11th have been released. Ten more of the demonstrated who participated in the rally today, were also arrested.
Other than the demand for the release of their fellow workers, they demanded months backpay and other insurance and bonus setbacks that they have suffered.
On Sunday, June 10th, protesters blocked the Ahvaz-Tehran railroad tracks and the city of Ahvaz’s Lashkar Bridge.
Ahvaz Steel, in its 54th year of operation, is a large manufacturer with a 3000 strong workforce. In 2009 this massive industrial complex was privatized and taken over by regime agents. Two years later, subsequent to a 30 billion Rial (1 Rial = 0.000025 USD) embezzlement scandal, it was transferred to the Iranian National Bank. Again, subsequent to another embezzlement of 4 Billion Rials from the same, the National Bank then auctioned it off in March 2016.
Due to ongoing malfeasance and the Khomeiniist regime’s ruinous economic mismanagement the Ahvaz steel production has ceased, leading to the privation of works and unemployment.