Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, January 30, 2021—A group of creditors who had invested in Caspian Credit Institution gathered in front of the Financial settlement committee building on Thursday, January 28 in protest to not receiving their overdue payments.
Four years have passed since this government-backed institution has looted the people’s wealth under an official, government-approved license. Since then, the institution’s customers have been regularly protesting, demanding the company and the government to take action and restore their funds. But in a collusion between Caspian and the government, the regime’s broadcasting apparatus has announced that only 542 cases remain to be settled. Meanwhile, none of the cases of more than 475,000 Caspian depositors have been fully settled and no one listens to them.
Protest by Shahr Khodro Company depositors in Isfahan province
A group of customers of carmaker Shahr Khodro held a protest rally in Isfahan on Friday in front of the Aseman Hotel, where the Shahr Khodro football team is stationed. The protesters are depositors who have made upfront purchases of the companies vehicles but have not received their cars for more than three years.
The protesters were chanting: “Shahr Khodro, stole our cars. We will not give up until we get our cars.”
Protest by members of teachers housing cooperative in the city of Noorabad, Lorestan province
On Thursday, January 28, members of the teachers Housing Cooperative in Nurabad, Lorestan province, protested in front of the cooperative’s building in this city. More than 16 years ago, they spent all they had to pay for the land and took high-interest loans hoping to own a house. But for most of them, this wish turned into a mirage and the authorities even removed some of them completely from the list of land applicants and looted their meager money.
One of the protesters said: “I am a teacher in Nurabad who deposited the land money in the housing cooperative account in 2004 according to these documents, but now neither my name nor my address is registered here. When I deposited this money, I had nothing, and I had to borrow … our money was gone, and no one did anything for us. Someone help get our rights for god sake. We are hardworking people too.”
Vendors of Ferdowsi Street in the city of Sanandaj, west of Iran, held a rally
On Wednesday, vendors of Ferdowsi Street in the city of Sanandaj, Kurdistan province, held a rally in front of the Kurdistan Governor’s Office, protesting the decision of the officials in implementing the plan to organize the vendors of this street.
The vendors want to increase their working hours on Ferdowsi Street. They said that selling their goods from 6:30 pm onwards is not profitable for them, and city officials must allow them to start their activities at least from 4 pm. People do their shopping before that time and go home, and no one stays on the streets after 6:30 pm.
Municipal workers protest in the city of Aravnd Kenar, southwest Iran
On Thursday, municipal workers in the city of Arvand Kenar, southwest Iran, held a gathering, protesting their paychecks and insurance premium being delayed.
Delayed salaries have become an all too familiar scene across Iran and a common cause of many labor protests.
“Our wages and insurance premium have been delayed for several years now, and five to six months of them have not been paid in full,” one of the workers said.
“At the same time, workers’ medical records are not renewed or replaced due to delays in the payment of social security premium.
Despite frequent rallies in front of the city council and municipal buildings, there is still no payment for our paychecks or insurance premiums,” he added.