22 May 2020
Amid the escalation of the Iranian regime … signs of new workers’ protests in Ahwaz
The Ahwazi Organization for the Defence of Human Rights monitored the signs of a new labour uprising that includes all Iranian cities and Ahwaz in particular, claiming their arrears for several months, and in protest to the deteriorating living conditions and the spread of unemployment.
The organization obtained from its own sources pictures and videos showing protest rallies in front of the sugar cane company in the city of Beit Khalaf Al-Haidar (Beit Cherimm) and seven hills (Haft Tabah), amidst a heavy presence of the Iranian security forces.
The sources emphasized that special forces of the Intelligence Agency in Ahwaz, accompanied by 11 cars, stormed the entrance of the sugar cane company and arrested about 50 people and took them to the headquarters of the Ministry of Intelligence in Ahwaz, the capital.
Witnesses said that the security forces severely beat the company’s workers, who organized continuous peaceful demonstrations against the high prices and not receiving their late salaries and other entitlements.
The Ahwazi Organization for the Defence of Human Rights clarified that the workers’ protests in Ahwaz and other cities came due to the policies of marginalization and exclusion against workers in the company, the delay in the payment of financial dues and the reduction of incentives and allowances, as well as a demand for the development of short-term reform plans.
The organization pointed out that the Iranian regime deliberately fired Ahwazi workers and replaced them with others from outside the Ahwaz cities under false pretexts.
The Ahwazi Organization for the Defence of Human Rights condemns the policy of racial discrimination practiced by the Iranian regime against the Ahwazi workers and in the areas of non-Persian peoples, at a time when the world is celebrating International Workers Day.
The organization calls on international and human rights organizations to take immediate action to compel the Iranian regime to stop its racist procedures that are contrary to international law towards workers, and to find a clear international mechanism to hold it accountable.
The Ahwazi Organization for the Defence of Human Rights