Iran: Major setback as oil workers went on strike amid anti-government protests

Reports suggests that a video created a buzz on social media that the workers at Abadan and Kangan oil refineries and the Bushehr Petrochemical project joined the prevailing anti- government protests in Iran.
A video on Twitter showed dozens of workers blocking the road to the Bushehr petrochemical plant, in Assaluyeh on Iran’s Gulf coast, chanting “Death to the Dictator”. Reports are unconfirmed as Iran’s oil ministry did not release any statements yet. The country didn’t witness such a mass protest since 1979. The protest ignited after the death of a lady, who defied to wear the forceful attire created by so called “well wishers”, but in reality, a male dominated society. Mahsa Amini died on september16 in police custody reflects the harsh autocratic rule in Iran.
Human rights groups have said that the Kurdish minority has been oppressed in Iran for a long time. However, authorities deny any such claims. Human rights group Hengaw reported a heavy presence of armed security forces in the Kurdish cities of Sanandaj, Saqez and Divandareh on Monday. It said at least five Kurdish residents were killed and over 150 injured in protests so far. Heavy gunfires and several clashes were registered between the protesters and the police.
Iran has never seen such a massive protest by women against hijab. Protesters resembled freedom fighters ,and were chanting on the streets “ we hold our heads up high”. Fight it , even it costs life.

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