Summary of demonstrations and social movements in Iran – August 2022

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According to recorded news and statistics, at least 161 protests were held in August 2022 by the Iranian people in many provinces and cities across the country. It should also be mentioned that the decrease in the number of demonstrations is linked to the latest floods, excessive heat in many provinces and the closure of schools and universities.

The event statistics are as follows:

  • Workers: 35
  • Retired: 30
  • Truckers: 8
  • Farmers: 7
  • Students: 2
  • Poultry farmers: 2
  • Cultivators: 1
  • Nurses: 1
  • Marketers: 1
  • Engineers: 1
  • Other strata: 72
  • The prisoners’ hunger strike: 1
  • Total number of protests: 161 cases

Often the people have targeted key regime officials in their protests. They chanted slogans against regime president Ebrahim Raisi, speaker of parliament Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf and Mohammad Mokhber, Raisi’s first deputy, because of the miserable living conditions and the delay in paying their salaries. In the demonstrations, the presence of women was significant.

Some of the main protests from the past month:

On August 25, residents of Shahrekord protested for 9 days over the lack of water in the area.

On August 23, for 3 consecutive days, residents of Hamedan also demonstrated to protest against water shortage. Even hospitals and operating theaters suffer from a lack of drinking water. During these demonstrations, the population resisted the repressive forces of the regime, despite threats of arrest.

On August 17, farmers in Isfahan gathered in front of the city’s regional water administration for 3 consecutive days to protest the lack of water for cultivation.

Other towns and villages protesting the lack of water include: Shahchob village in Dehgolan; Benaf village in Kazroon; Qara Hasnauli in Urmia; the village of Mansoura in Shadgan; Mahdavi Street area in Urmia; Yazdkan village in Bazfat; Province of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari; Chahor; and finally, Ahvaz.

Residents of the villages of Shadgan, Hendijan, Shushtar, Bagh Melek, Sidon and Khamat in Shush protested the ongoing power shortages.

From August 6 to 14, pensioners of social security organizations gathered in Ahvaz, Arak, Ardabil, Tehran, Arak, Isfahan, Shush, Sushtar, Dezful, Babol, Kerman, Khoramabad, Bojnurd and Rasht, to demand their deferred salaries . They also attacked regime officials for corruption, destructive policies, embezzlement and refusal to meet their demands for better living conditions. Their lives have been destroyed due to rising inflation, soaring prices, etc.

Last month, workers from Setare Taraz Company at Asaluyeh Petrochemical Site 1, contractors for the Rahimi Piping Project at Mashhad Ferdowsi Power Plant, and workers from Aram Pars Company working at Hengam Petrochemical, protested against their poor working conditions. and salaries.

Municipal workers from Rudbar, Asalem, Gohardashat, Kutabdollah, Sanandaj and Yasuj also rallied due to their overdue salaries.

Landowners from Suhank and Moradabad area in Tehran; Daneshvaran County of Tabriz; Golestan from Tehran; the Khavaran district of Tabriz; Maskan-e Meli Fatemieh in Yazd; fund holders of the Amir al-Momenin fund in Rostamkola; members of the Asmalian Bushehr cooperative; applicants from Maskan-e Meli in Ahvaz; and the owners of 30 welfare units in Sadi, Khuzestan, brought together because of contracts that had not been fully implemented.

Regional electricity operators in Bandar Abbas, Ahvaz, Tabriz and Zanjan protested the failure to raise their salaries. An 11-day strike by cultivation and sugar cane industry workers from Karun to Shushtar was to protest against non-compliance with their demands, as was a 4-day strike by workers from Exin Steel Company. Go to Rafsanjan.

Many truck drivers have protested due to the variable situation of drivers in East Azerbaijan who have not received permission to cross the border from Iran to Armenia. Truckers working in the Qorveh mines protested the tariff they received, while Sirik drivers protested the implementation of the Sipad project and the coding of fuel cards.

Truckers from Bazargan customs protested against problems with the electronic customs system. Truck drivers in Kermanshah province protested against increased fuel and spare parts for trucks, and drivers in the Haraz axis protested against continued shutdowns in the region.

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