Following the release of three workers’ representatives – Moslem Armand, Mohammad Khanifar and Seyyed Mohsen Fazeli – on November 22nd, Esmail Bakhshi, is the only rep still in jail.
On November 23rd, the nineteen day of the strike and the eleventh day of protests in Shush, the Haft Tappeh workers gathered in front Shush County Hall demanding the release of Esmail Bakhshi and Ms Sepideh Gholian, a social activist who was arrested together with many workers on November 18th.
The Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Workers’ Union has accused the BBC’s Persian service of lying. In a statement issued on November 22nd the union said that the BBC is not mentioning the workers’ main demand of “revoking privatisation”. The BBC has emphasised the release of jailed workers and the payment of unpaid wages of four months.
Shahrokh Zamani Action Campaign
23 November 2018
Source: Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Workers’ Union