According to Tabnak, on Saturday there was a meeting between the heads of the Gold unions and the tax department authorities in Iran. The goal of this meeting was to make an agreement in implementing the new tax rule on gained profit (VAT tax). But this meeting ended without any results due to the continuous protests by union activists and they declared that this rule should not be implemented.
After the unsuccessful meeting in the morning, there was going to be another meeting that afternoon in the office of the secretary general of the tax organization. But, two hours into this second meeting, union authorities declared that they are not going to take part in the meeting and they prefer to follow their requests by continuing to close their shops.
Strikes have now also spread to Qom. The gold sellers, especially in the Tala Mall, went on strike yesterday and closed their shops today. There were a large amount of plainclothed agents around the closed shops which made it impossible to take pictures of the strike. According to reports, the gold sellers will continue their strike tomorrow. It is worth mentioning, Khamenei is scheduled to visit Qom next week.
In Qazvin, in a show of solidarity, the gold sellers also went on strike. They marched in protest to the Tax Affairs Organization in the province of Qazvin.
According to reports from Tehran, a number of Basij and plainclothed agents entered the gold merchants Bazaar in Tehran to counter the striking merchants. They attacked the closed shutters of a number of shops with metal bars while chanting “death to the hypocrites.” (The term hypocrite, monafeq in Farsi, is used by the Iranian regime to refer to the PMOI)
These attacks were met by a strong reaction from a number of the merchants, which led to clashes between the merchants and the basij. According to reports, these clashes occurred at 2 pm when a Basiji who attacked the closed shutters of shop was beaten up by merchants and was then taken to the hospital.
This report also says that the fabric merchants’ bazaar was half closed and it was announced that other merchants intend to join the strike.