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Iran: Bazaar merchants and shopkeepers go on strike in Tehran and dozens of other cities

Iran Uprising-No. 212

In line with an earlier call, large parts of Tehran’s Grand Bazaar and bazaars in various cities of Iran have gone on strike since this morning and shopkeepers have refused to open their shops. The strike is taking place despite widespread measures taken by repressive forces from days in advance to prevent it.

In Tehran, the carpet and gold coin markets, shopping centers of western Tehran, and shops in Kargar Avenue are closed.

Up until 10:30 a.m. Tehran time, bazaar merchants in dozens of other cities including Mashhad, Tabriz, Kermanshah, Sanandaj, Zahedan, Orumieh (Urmia), Karaj, Gorgan, Zanjan, Arak, Baneh, Marivan, Saqqez, Paveh, Borazjan, Kazerun, Kenarak, Chabahar, Hirmand, Miandoab, Sardasht, Piranshahr, Iranshahr and Saravan have joined the strike.

Bazaar merchants, who are fed up with the regime’s oppression and tyranny, are protesting against the increase in foreign exchange rates, high prices of goods, inflation, unprecedented recession in the bazaar and the growing level of poverty.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

October 8, 2018

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