Popular demonstrations, strikes in first two months of Iranian year have tripled
-Workers at Tehran's textile factory stage a strike

The Mojahedin Command Headquarters inside Iran reported that in the first two months of the current Iranian year (March 21 to May 21, 1998), the number of protest actions in different Iranian cities increased at least three-fold relative to the same period last year.

Some 50 different acts of protests occurred in Tehran and many other cities, including Isfahan, Najafabad, Yazd, Kashan, Falavarjan, (central Iran), Zanjan, Qazvin, Ilam (west), Tabriz, Oroumieh, Meshkin-Shahr (northwest), Bandar-Anzali, Ramsar, Rasht, Behshahr (north), Mashhad, Tabas, (east) Dezful, Bushehr, Doroud (southwest), Yassouj and Bandar Abbas (southern Iran).

The uprising by 10,000 people in southwest Tehran on May 4 and the demonstration by several thousand people in Kermanshah on May 15 displayed the Iranian people's utter rejection and hatred of the ruling theocracy.

In these demonstrations, through their chants of "death to Khamenei," "death to Khatami" and "death to Rafsanjani," the people voiced their urgent demand for the overthrow of the clerical regime in its totality.

On May 18, some 1,200 workers at Abadan's oil refinery and on May 17, a large number of employees in the oil industry in the city of Ahwaz staged protests which are reminiscent of the nationwide strike by the oil workers during the shah's final years.

On May 24 and 25, workers at Ray textiles in south Tehran staged a strike to protest the non-payment of their wages and bonuses. The Intelligence Ministry arrested a number of the strikers. The workers have warned that if their demands are not met, they will soon resume their strike.

Since the start of this week, hundreds of workers of Behshahr textiles (northern Iran) have begun a go-slow in protest to increasing pressures and intolerable conditions at the factory.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 28, 1998

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