Abadan refinery employees stage strike and protest
-5,000 Shiraz University students hold protest

Several thousand employees of Iran's biggest refinery, Abadan (southwest Iran), staged an anti-government demonstration on Wednesday to protest their low wages and the delay in the payment of their salaries, reports from Iran say.

Many employees of the refinery receive 300,000 rials a month. According to the regime's own figures, the average monthly minimum wage required to make ends meet, is 1,430,000 rials.

Abadan refinery workers have staged anti-government protests on several other occasions in the past. Their wages are not even enough to pay their rent.

In another development, following a suicide by a mechanical engineering student in the student dormitory in Shiraz University (southern Iran), in protest to the clerical regime's suppressive policies, at least 5,000 students at the university staged a protest on Tuesday and chanted slogans against the regime.

In the protest that lasted several hours, the students blocked all streets leading to the university and prevented all cars from entering or leaving the campus.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
February 26, 1999

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