Antigovernment protests, workers' strikes spread across Iran

A wave of antigovernment demonstrations and protests and workers' strikes has erupted in different Iranian cities.

Following the death of a student in a truck accident on Thursday, January 20 in the western Iranian city of Hamedan, hundreds of students staged a protest march and called for the immediate building of an overpass.

The march quickly turned into an antigovernment protest and led to clashes between the students and the State Security Forces. The students threw stones and broke the windshields of government vehicles. The SSF arrested a number of protesters.

Reacting to the municipality's sudden attempt to demolish homes in a district in the central city of Isfahan, on Saturday, January 16, residents clashed with municipality's agents, broke the windshields of their cars and forced them to flee the scene.

Protesting the non-payment of their wages, workers at Isfahan's Baresh textiles stopped work for three days last week. In Karaj, west of the capital, workers at Jahanchit textiles, one of Iran's largest, have been on a strike since two weeks ago.

Simultaneous with the visit to Qom by Khatami's Interior Minister, employees of governor's office staged a gathering at the office of the deputy governor general to protest the non-payment of their wages in the past three months.

Workers at Lumber Industry factory in Saveh, south of Tehran, staged a demonstration in front of the local governor's office last Tuesday.

More than 500 students in Qom's Fatemieh School of Medical Sciences, which only admits women students, staged a sit-in outside the Ministry of Health in Tehran. The three-day sit-in, which began on Tuesday, January 18, was in protest against the government's lack of action to alleviate difficulties and problems the students have to cope with.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
January 23, 2000

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