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The 17th day of a Truck Strike Continues in spite of Threats, Intimidation, Revenge by the Government

Nationwide strike

Today, on Tuesday, October 9th, the truck strike entered the seventeenth day despite the pressure and tricks of the Velayat-e faqih government.

The news is that the strike continues in most cities, including Isfahan, Zarrinshahr, Shahreza, Mobarakeh, Miandoab, Sanandaj, Kermanshah, Mahallat, Natanz, Bandar Abbas, Bushehr, Konarak, Gonbad-Kavoos, and Arak.

Trucks strike has expanded to 320 cities in 31 provinces.

Reports indicate that there are two other detainees arrested, and, with a record number of detainees, the number of detainees in this regard has reached at least 256 people.

Mohsen Karami, the head of the Qazvin prosecutor’s office, has reported the arrests of two protesters in recent weeks, indicating charges against these people as “creating insecurity” and “disrupting shipping.”

Considering the arrest of these people, the number of detainees in this regard has reached at least 256 people.

The national market strike in some cities began on Monday, October 8th

The national strike started on Monday, October 8, in some cities.

So far, marketers and shopkeepers have joined in on the strike in the cities of Arak, Baneh, Borazjan, Taliban markets in Tehran, Tabriz, Kazeroon, Mashhad, Chabahar, Sanandaj, Konarak, Chabahar, Hirmand, and Marivan. This strike is parallel to the truck strike that started on the first day of autumn.

Even the Governor and Deputy Governor in Kermanshah started begging marketers to open shops. In Kermanshah, the entire Dizel Abad market is closed. The Governor and his deputy went to the market and promised to give them what they wanted and even begged the shopkeepers to open their shops, but nobody cared.


Strike in the hardware market in Zahedan can be viewed on these two videos above and below. Audio and video appliances on the market can be seen sitting on shelves in Zahedan. The shopkeepers closed and joined the Nationwide the market strike.


Launching mass strikes in South Pars phases

According to a couple of reports, extensive strikes in the South Pars phases have taken a fresh start. Today, Monday, October 8, all workers arrived at the specialist regional office. In the same vein, the workers of the 9th and 10th phases and the mass of other workers from the 10th phases joined the strike in a coherent and cogent movement. Workers are demanding full transparency of salary as well as salary increases and other materials specified in the Workers ‘Area Workers’ Circular.

Iran’s economy is in decline

Following the resumption of US sanctions against the Iranian regime, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts that the economic growth of the Iranian regime will decrease significantly this year and in the future. In contrast, this international organization has provided Saudi Arabia with better economic growth. In its new assessment, the IMF says Iran’s economic growth is projected to be 1.5 percent in 2018 and 3.6 percent in 2019.

The IMF monitors the monetary system globally, and its forecasts are among the most important sources of economic assessment in different countries.  An IMF specialist in their headquarters in Washington, said nearly one year ago: Iran’s economic growth is expected to be above 4% in 2018.

With the resumption of the first round of US sanctions against the regime and the negative prospect of the economic situation in Iran after the second phase, which will cover the energy and financial sectors of the regime, this equation will change to the detriment of the regime.

According to reports, the Iranian regime issued 2.1 million barrels of crude oil per day and 400 thousand barrels of gas condensate per day. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince also said that Saudi Arabia will compensate for the decline in Iran’s oil exports, along with other oil-producing countries, and even “double its exports.” He said Iran’s oil exports “dropped to 700,000 barrels a day”.

Iran’s oil minister rejected the words of Mohamed bin Salman and said that neither this country nor any other country could produce this amount of oil.

The Trump administration has acknowledged that Saudi Arabia is a crucial US strategic partner. Their strong relationship is essential for maintaining stability in the Middle East and economic security worldwide. Such mutual regard bodes well for the Kingdom’s future partnerships with the US and other nations worldwide.

On 4 October, Euronews wrote: “On Wednesday, Iran accused Russia and Saudi Arabia of increasing their crude production to more than the ceiling, contrary to the agreement between the OPEC and the Algerian summit.”

Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, representative of the Iranian regime in the OPEC delegation, said: “Saudi Arabia and Russia had an increase of production of 346 and 250 thousand barrels per day, which is a violation of the agreement to reduce production.”

AFP today reported on 17 October that Iran’s oil exports have fallen by about half a million barrels, though expected next month, and return oil sanctions against the Tehran United States, the decline is more.

Neal Kimberley says US sanctions on Iran are driving up oil prices for Asian countries with weaker currencies. China and Hong Kong should be able to cope, but India and Indonesia are already suffering…But that scenario doesn’t factor in a major driver behind rising oil prices: the market is adjusting to the US’ decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions on Iran. The US is also showing a willingness to penalize foreign countries and companies that continue to trade with Tehran.

The latest US financial sanctions on Iran began on August 6, with sanctions on Iran’s petroleum industry coming into force on November 4. If the US sanctions mean that Iranian oil becomes off-limits, energy importers, including China and Hong Kong, must compete for other supplies.

The drop in Iran’s oil exports is faster than expected

According to the Wall Street Journal, Iran’s oil shipments are slowing down at a faster pace than US sanctions are due to take place in November.

Officials from the National Iranian Oil Company, which is a government, are temporarily expecting to ship crude oil next month to about 1.5 million barrels per day, according to people familiar with the plan for loading in various seaports of the country, down from 2.3 million barrels per day in June Is.

All of the evidence suggests that the process of laws in Iran is moving toward a turning point. A point that is irreversible, both politically and socially and internationally.

You should pay attention to these points:

1. The regime is still unbounded. The US dollar in the Iranian market is 200,000 rials

2. Social status has come to the point where other people are not afraid of anything, that is, they are ready to do everything to get rid of this situation.

3. Nearly all the ways that the regime and the appeasers sought to use them to possibly escape are closing.

A nationwide strike in various cities started on Monday has been triggered by previous calls on the many virtual networks that are not yet banned in Iran.

The system of Velayat-e faqih has been responding to it since it began hearing whispers to a nationwide strike in cyberspace and social networks, saying that the news is untrue.

Now with the onset of the nationwide strike, it seems that in addition to the general truck strike that has seriously damaged the transportation and fueling sector of the system, the addition of a general strike in cities and the closure of markets would create more problems for this corrupt establishment.

If you do not hear the sound of crushing bones this regime is enduring, you will soon.  But first, all of the sanctions must be thoroughly implemented. We see some sections were implemented but we also see some countries trying to bypass them in a direct violation of US sanction. Examples can be seen in tweets below. Once all sanctions are established, we will see the Iranian people finally gain their long overdue freedom.

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Bahar Mehr

Bahar Mehr

I am a political journalist who focuses on Human Rights issues in the Middle East and around the world but with a deep focus on Iran.
I am currently providing my reports to independent journalism outlets such as the one you see here.
I will do my best in hope for freedom and democracy in Iran.

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