Teachers in Iran started a strike on Sunday across dozens of cities to protest against deteriorating living conditions amid widespread economic woes.
They arranged these strikes after complains of their low salaries, which is considered less than one-sixth of their government counterparts, demanding the government to raise their salaries in the wake of rising prices and high inflation in the markets but they were given no response.
Store operators in bazaars across Iran have joined a strike by truck drivers as civil unrest grows in the face of a collapsing economy, according to Arab News on Thursday.
The protest by merchants began in the city of Shiraz and spread rapidly to more than 50 cities in 21 provinces.
Photos posted online by opposition activists showed shops with their shutters pulled down during normal working hours in Karaj, 50 km west of Tehran. Stores were also closed in Tabriz, Isfahan, Ardabil and the southern city of Qeshm.
The merchants are protesting against rising prices, the declining value of the Iranian rial and other economic grievances.
They have joined truck drivers in 300 Iranian cities who have been
Again, videos and photos posted online showed factories in Fars Province forced to load goods onto small pick-up trucks because of the drivers’ strike, and trucks were parked idle in loading terminals in Doroud in Lorestan province after truckers and tanker drivers refused to work, the US-based opposition website Iran News Wire reported.
Iranian authorities have arrested more than 200 striking truck drivers and accused them of being “bandits.” A court in Qazvin province has demanded the death penalty for 17 of those detained, according to the state-run IRNA news agency.