Iran protests 2017/18

Iranian Protests against Austerity

Iran

On Thursday, 28th December 2017, in Mashhad the second most populous city in Iran, thousands of protesters gathered outside the city hall and chanted “Death to Rouhani”, the country’s President. Some reports have suggested that it may have been initiated by the conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi, Rouhani's defeated rival in the May 2017 Presidential election. Later on, some others, including the senior officer of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, implicitly accused ex-President Ahmadinejad's circle being behind the recent protests. However it may have started, it quickly broke out of its intended framework and control and, in less than a week, spread to over 40 cities.

Statement in support of the calls for social justice by the oppressed on the streets of Iran

A statement on recent protests in Iran, signed by 125 leftists, socialists and communists from the Iranian diaspora.

Iran: Current protest rallies - pecritique

Mahshahr January 6th 2017

During the current wave of protests in Iran we are attempting to highlight the writings of Iranian activists from both inside and outside Iran. This is a translation from the website 'Critique of Political Economy'.

Iran: Call for demonstrations from the striking workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Co.

Striking workers at the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Co. on Friday called for demonstrations across Iran tomorrow under the slogan "Bread. Jobs. Freedom." We have translated their statement from Persian and present it in both languages here.

Iran: Bread. Jobs. Freedom.

Protest in Zanjan, December 30 2017

We are publishing this dispatch direct from an activist in Iran, trying to make some sense of the current wave of protests. The situation is moving so quickly, and the protests sufficiently diffuse, that anyone claiming to know what will happen can be disregarded. The contribution we can make is to ask questions, to look at what has happened, is happening; and only from that speculate about what might happen in the future. We hope that more will contribute to this effort in the coming days and weeks.

Reflections on the Growing Anti-Regime Protests in Iran - Frieda Afary

Kermenshah, December 2017

Frieda Afary of the Alliance of Syrian and Iranian Socialists on the ongoing protests in Iran, written December 31st 2017.