Temporary Council of Laborers of Isfahan’s Iron Melting Industry reported that laborers of this industry went on strike on March 8. They protested because their wages are low. These workers who are hired through straight agreements tore their pay checks for month of Bahman (January-February) and demanded a raise in their wages.
March 16, 2010
Tehran People in various Tehran neighborhoods like Valiasr Street, Valiasr Intersection, and Shahrak Gharb have started lighting firecrackers and chanting Allah O Akbar from their balconies from last night. Officials have announced the names of a number of jailed students that they will release tonight. It seems they are doing this in a bid to force their families to come outside Evin Prison and not participate in the Fire Festival ceremonies in other areas.
Tehran 2 pm Clashes started between security forces and protesters near Rodaki Street.
Tehran There is a lot of commission in various Tehran regions like Satarkhan Street, Enghelab Square, Imam Hossein Square, Salsabil, 196 Street, Ikbatan, Sadeghieh, and Haft Hoz Square and Mirdamad and young people have set off firecrackers and sound bombs. Large groups of people are out on the streets.
There are also clashes between people and security forces in Madar Square in Mirdamad and security forces are arresting people. In Rodaki, which is the scene of severe clashes, people are booing security forces and the security forces are trying to escape from the scene.
Young people are setting off firecrackers under the feet of security forces in San’at Square in Shahrake Gharb.
Security forces, Bassij forces and plainclothes agents are also out on the streets in full force trying to quell the unrest.
Three people were arrested in Enqelab Square while trying to set off explosives.
A SSF soldier was severely beaten and arrested by security forces for defying orders. He disobeyed his superior officer when told to attack young people who were setting off firecrackers.
There are also other reports from Shiraz, Karaj, Ahwaz and Orumieh that people are also out on the streets setting off firecrackers and other explosives in defiance of the government.
Ilam & Kermanshah There is a lot of turmoil in Sepah Square and 300 Dastgah regions in Javanroud and there is a lot of noise coming from that area. Several suppressive units have been dispatched to this area. Security forces have announced that they cannot control 300 Dastgah and need backup.
Security forces have been warned to use their cameras and other equipment. There is also a lot of commotion in Malek Ashtar region and security forces are looking to arrest protesters as well as in Sadughi Blvd. and Islam Abad intersection.
Security force officials have threatened their forces that no one is allowed to leave the scene (it seems their forces are running away out of fear.)
Mashhad The streets sound like a war zone. Security forces are on the scene with their motorcycles but they cannot control anything and run away. Young people throw fire crackers in front of cars that they think belong to Bassij forces and then quickly leave the scene.
Tehran Security forces cannot control the commission and unrest in Shad Abad, Yaft Abad, Ibrahim Abad and Narmak and other Tehran regions.