IRAN: Azarab Workers are protesting for Fifth Consecutive Day Despite Brutal Attacks by Suppressive Forces

| 11.10,19. 01:27 AM |

IRAN: Azarab Workers are protesting for Fifth Consecutive Day Despite Brutal Attacks by Suppressive Forces

Azarab and Hepco are factories manufacturing heavy equipment, including for road construction, oil, gas, and petrochemical industries. Each has the capacity to employ more than 3,000 workers but has only 1000 workers.

Mullahs’ Suppression Crumbles Under Workers’ Resolve

On October 10, 2019, for the fifth consecutive day, the protest gathering of Azarab’s workers continued. On Sunday, October 6, 2019, workers of Azarab Company had organized a gathering on the Tehran-Arak highway to protest the sale of the company and to demand their unpaid wages. They closed the main square at the city’s entrance.

Previously, workers of the Azarab factory launched a strike on Wednesday by staging a march inside the factory’s production site.

Anti-riot units and state security forces had surrounded the entire factory complex in order to prevent the workers from exiting the site and reaching the streets to expand their protest gathering.

The Revolutionary Guards’ anti-riot units attacked them by firing tear gas into the crowd. They blocked the demonstrators from entering the city fearing that the youths might join the protesting workers.

Trade unions have also joined the chorus, condemning the bloody events in Arak. Hail to the brave workers of Azarab, Arak, who did not succumb to the clerical regime’s intimidation, continuing their protest today. The regime again responded by tear gas, arrests, and beatings. Such oppression will be foiled by the courageous workers’ will power.

Despite yesterday’s brutal attacks, the workers gathered outside the company’s building again. The suppressive forces blocked the demonstrators from reaching San’at Square and entering the city.

The ruling religious dictatorship in Iran responds to the enraged citizens only with tear gas, beatings, arrests, medieval trials, and long prison terms. But oppression and injustice will crumble in the face of the heroic workers’ resolve.  

Association in Defense of Freedom in Iran (A.D.F.I) calls on all Unions to join to this Campaign supporting the Azarab Industries Co. striking workers by publishing this news on their Web. site, tweet it, support the workers by picket line photos, Amnesty International, the sister unions help us to expand this unity campaign.

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