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Strikes in Iran continue to expand

The strike of gold merchants in cities across Iran still continues.

According to reports, shops selling gold and jewelry in the Arak Bazaar are still closed and are on strike. In Yassoj, gold sellers started their strike on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010.

In Kermanshah the gold bazaar is on its fourth day of strike. Also in Hamedan all the gold sellers in the Gold Bazaar are in their tenth day of strike.

Strike in Hamedan – October 4, 2010

It is about a week that the gold sellers of Tabriz have been on strike.  The strike of gold sellers of Tabriz has extended to other cities of East Azerbaijan including Margheh.  Also Amir Kabir Bazaar, Mohammadi Bazaar, Amir Bazaar and also Ghtran Bazaar started their strike on October 2, 2010.

The strikes of jewelery stores in Tehran, Shiraz, Mashad, Qazvin, Shahroud and Semnan are still active.

Other than gold sellers, iron sellers in Tabriz and Boshehr are also on strike.

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Bazaari’s go on strike in Tehran, Mashad, Shiraz, Nayshaboor, Sabzevar and Torbat Heydariyeh

Reports from Mashad say that the gold-sellers’ bazaar in Mashad has been on total strike on Thursday September 23 and on Saturday September 25.

Also on Saturday gold-sellers in Nayshaboor, Sabzevar and Torbat Heydariyeh went on strike.

As the strike began in Mashad on Saturday regime’s suppressive security agents called the sellers threatening them to break their strike.

Bazaaris say that the strike will continue until tax law changes.

A number of other merchants other than gold sellers also joined this strike.

These merchants have stated the reason for their strike as an increase of value added tax.

According to another report, a shop owner in the Edam Square said, “The malls and stores were blocked with bricks and store owners were not allowed to sell anything. They said they closed the shops because they had not paid their taxes. This measure has angered the merchants”.  

Also, the protest gathering in Sabze Maiden horrified the regime forces because this place and Tehran’s Great Bazaar witness the presence of tens of thousands of  people who always refer to these places for shopping, and regime is worried about the effect of the strike and the protest gathering on these people.

 

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Bazaari’s in Tehran pressured to sign letter of agreement to pay 15% tax

Tehran – July 21, 2010  Merchants of the Bazaar have received a form that they have to fill and sign by July 22nd, agreeing to pay the 15% taxes.   If a merchant doesn’t fill out the form, he will receive 30% fine.
The merchants must write their personal information such as home phone number and their National ID number.
The merchant’s income is not mentioned.
Although the Bazaar was open, it was inactive and there was little exchange of goods.
Iran student’s committee

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گزارش از بازار بزرگ تهران امروز صبح 1شنبه 27تيرماه

یکی از خوانندگان: تعدادی از مغازه های بازار امروز باز بود به

غير از200 متر پس از ورودی اصلی بازار(سبزه ميدان)تا

انتهای بازاركفاشها و حمامچال كه هنوز نيمی از مغازه ها

بسته هستند.

همينطور تعدادی از مغازه ها در بازار دالانگيرها زرگرها كوچه

سيدولی تيمچه حاجب الدوله و پاچنار تعطيل بود

ایران پرس نیوز

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Security atmosphere in Tehran Bazaar as Tabriz Bazaar strike expands

On Thursday morning, July 15, Tehran’s bazaar began its tenth day of strike and various guilds, including carpet and fabric dealers and goldsmiths remained closed.  Reports also describe an atmosphere of high security in Tehran’s Bazaar today as the strike spread to Tabriz’s Grand Bazaar.

Tehran

In Tabriz, Bazaar Amir, the Jewelry Bazaar, Amir Kabir Bazaar, and Bazaar Noor are all on strike. Although the strike started in the preceding days within only certain sectors of the Bazaar it has now spread to include almost every store and business. 

Tabriz

Additionally, there are unconfirmed reports that strikes have begun in Isfahan’s Bazaar.

Source :  Freedom Messenger

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Strikes continue in Bazaars of Iran- July 14, 2010

On the 9th day of Bazaar’s strike since the early hours of the day the whole Bazaar was closed.
The days before some shops have been open to provide people with the necessities of daily life but on Wednesday all the shops closed.
Bazaaries were sitting either individually or in groups in front of their shops talking about the strike.
Most of them believe that the government has pretended that it has retreated from high taxes to break the strike.
Though the Bazaar was completely closed people were highly present there expressing their support for the strike in this manner.

Iran Student’s Committee

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Tehran Bazaar continues strike despite Governments retreat on taxes

In an unprecedented solidarity and on their eight day of protests, merchants of all over Tehran Bazaar went on a general strike on Tuesday 13 July 2010. The strike covered a vast area from Bouzarjomehri Avenue all the way to the end of Abbas-Abad Bazzar.

Since this morning, all main bazaars as well as smaller ones in Serah-e Farvardin Junction, Timcheh Hajeb al-Dowleh, Amin al-Molk, Soltani Bazaar, Chaharsou Kouchak to Chaharsou Bozorg, Seh Dallan-e Malek, Seh Dallan-e Amir, Serah-e Dastmalchi, the bazaar of Hamam Chal alley, the whole Rahimia bazaar, Serah-e Park, the whole Kababiha alley and all sideways were on strike. 

Although the shops were closed and despite the presence of plainclothes agents and State Security Forces, a large crowd came to Bazaar to express their solidarity with the strikers.

At 10:30, regime’s plainclothes agents and State Security Forces raided Fabric Sellers Bazaar and broke some shop doors aimed at intimidating merchants to break their strike. Nevertheless, facing merchants’ resistance, they were forced to leave the Bazaar and were stationed at Khayyam Avenue and Sabz-e Meidan square later on.

The merchants’ strike, which started on Tuesday July 6 in protest at mullahs’ regime’s predatory policies and unprecedented hike in taxes, continued on Sunday and Monday. Ironically, the regime announced holidays in 19 provinces under the excuse of hot weather in order to cover up the Bazaar merchant’s strike.  On Sunday, against government’s announcement for holidays, a number of Bazaar merchants opened their shops but did not accept any customer. 

Since the very first day of strike, the clerical regime has resorted to various tricks to stop it. On Monday July 11, in a six hour long session with the presence of deputy Commerce Minister, guilds representative and Tax Organization representative, the regime retreated from the 70 percent rise in income taxes and acceded to a 15 percent rise. Yet, the merchants rejected this agreement and continue their strike.

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Head of fabric traders arrested in Iran’s Bazaar protests

Radio Zamaneh – Head of the union of fabric traders in Tehran Bazaar, a major business centre, was arrested, according to Iranian news websites.

Kaleme reports that Security Forces along with government forces in plain clothes shot tear gas bombs at protesters in the Bazaar today and arrested the head of the union of Fabric traders.

A group of Bazaar traders have gone on strike since Tuesday to protest a new tax law. The strike has started in the gold and fabric traders section of the Bazaar and still continues in some sections of it.

Kaleme reports that Mr. Motamedi, the fabric traders’ representative, was arrested while he was calling on people and Bazaar traders through a loudspeaker to gather in Sabze-Meydan Square.

The protests have continued although Mohammad Ali Zeyghami, the deputy trade minister announced on Tuesday that the 70 percent tax increase was scrapped and told Mehr News Agency that this was “a mere mistake” caused by miscommunication and wrong interpretation of the law. He maintained that the said tax increase is actually less than 30 percent.

A meeting set up on Wednesday between National Council of Trade Unions and the Tax Office to announce terms of agreement could not end the disputes.

ISNA reports that Ali Asgari, head of national tax affairs, left the meeting once the traders’ representatives became more emphatic on their protests.

Last the value added tax law was suspended after Tehran Bazaar went on strike.

The law which was passed by the parliament and approved by the Guardian Council two years ago was supposed to have been put into effect last September. However, every government effort to put it into action has been halted by the traders’ strike at the Bazaar.

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Merchant killed by government agents in Tehran Bazaar – eyewitnesses

Tehran, Jul. 07 – Tensions increased at Tehran’s grand Bazaar on Wednesday after a respected merchant was stabbed to death, allegedly by pro-government supporters, on the second day of a major strike.

Azizollah Kashani, 68, died of his wounds in hospital after being stabbed several times by plainclothes agents who, along with State Security Forces, attacked shopkeepers in a bid to intimidate them into opening their stalls.

The bazaaris refused orders to reopen. In several skirmishes, merchants chanted “death to the dictator” in reference to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to eyewitnesses.

State Security forces have blocked all streets leading to the Bazaar, including Pamenar and 15th of Khordad streets.

Separately in the north-western city of Tabriz, merchants at the central bazaar held a strike in solidarity with shopkeepers in the capital.

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