In the third week of protests in Tehran Bazaar, Farvardin shopping center, the most important market for gold and jewelry in Tehran and other cities, was closed down and on all out strike on Saturday morning July 17. Further, the bazaar near Sabz-e Meidan Square was also half-closed.
Carpet sellers in Rahimia Bazaar, most of whom are sellers of carpets for export, were on complete strike. The shops in Akbarieh, Vazir, Park, Mojtabaii, Yameen and Azad passages were also on full strike.
On Friday, despite weekend holiday where shops are closed, the clerical regime, fearful of solidarity of the populous with the Bazaar strike, stationed thirty-five vehicles of suppressive State Security Force and intelligence forces in Sabz-e-Meidan Square. State Security Forces also patrolled the whole Bazaar.
As of Wednesday July 14th, (Tir 23rd) certain segments of Mashhad’s Baazar also went on strike in solidarity with the Bazaars in Tehran, Tabriz and Esfahan. Although rumors of a strike were circulating within the city of Mashhad, there was no sign of a strike until Wednesday and Thursday this week, when sections of Mashhad’s Bazaar, including some of the Gold Merchants, and a large segment of the merchants at Mashhad’s Reza Bazaar began to strike, in protest to the proposed government tax increases.
According to received reports, the presence of security forces has created a climate of fear in Mashhad Bazaars, particularly at the Reza Bazaar, the Textile Bazaar, and some of smaller Bazaars belonging to Gold merchants. The security forces have been threatening the merchants, particularly at Reza Bazaar with arrests in the event that the strike continues.
It has been reported that in the next few days a larger segment of Mashhad Bazaar’s merchants intend to join the strike.