In Iran, there have been multiple protests throughout the month of February. Iranian workers have been actively protesting working conditions and a lack of pay. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has not taken these protests lightly. According to reports on February 21, IRGC guards beat up a fed-up worker who protested against not being paid and poor working conditions at the Iran Khodro Company, an automaker.
The worker later released a clip documenting his injuries. “I decided to appear in front of [the] camera in such a beaten state to show that [is] how these scamps deal with someone who dares to speak out,” he said. “Ever since the Revolutionary Guards took charge of the factory, the situation for us poor workers has even worsened.”
He claimed that the IRGC is “doing nothing at the factory but plundering and theft. They force workers to work like slaves. Corruption is increasing every day. Sometimes we have to work non-stop for 24 hours.”
But the protests aren’t limited to one class in Iran. Thousands held a rally in front of the Iranian parliament on February 21 and 22. Hundreds of inspectors and experts from the Ministry of Industries and Mines staged a protest on Wednesday at that location to demand permanent employment and a return to work.
“We continuously are referred to different departments for further follow-ups but no one bore the responsibility. However, we will not get disappointed. We will rally again in front of the Parliament in order to obtain our rights.”
Other groups also gathered in front of the parliament over those two days with various demands. About 400 people who have been looted by Caspian Financial Institution staged a protest demanding their stolen money.
The Telecommunication Company of Iran was also targeted for their low salaries and blatant discriminations. Other protestors included retirees, nurses and retired teachers.
Most of the groups had similar complaints about not being paid, discrimination or low salaries. One of the protestors from the telecommunication group said, “The protestors believe that the mediators shall not take part in any affairs so that the rights of unions will be retained and the job security of employees will be ensured.”
The Iranian economy and ecological conditions have spurred protests throughout the country, including Ahvaz, which has struggled with power and water outages, as well as increasing pollution from mismanagement of the resources in that region. Ahvaz was also the site of protests against Rouhani’s visit to the region.
Throughout Iran, the people are expressing their unwillingness to continue to be oppressed and suffering physically and economically. The regime is attempting to stamp out these protests, as well as clamping down on social media to limit the reach. But the Iranian people are continuing to speak out about what is really going on inside Iran’s borders.