Iran: Gathering to Protest Union Activist's Continued Imprisonment

By Jubin Katiraie

Following a call from the Workers' Union of Tehran and Suburb Bus Company to attend a gathering in protest of the imprisonment of Reza Shahabi, members of this union, and a group of workers, students and teachers participated in the gathering.

At the gathering, which was held on Monday morning September 25 in front of the Ministry of Labor, participants protested Mr. Shahabi's continued imprisonment and called for his immediate release.

Reza Shahabi, a member of the board of directors of the Workers’ Union of Tehran and Suburb Bus Company, has been on hunger strike for over 46 days in protest of his continued imprisonment after the end of his prison term.

Reza Shahabi, who was arrested in 2010 and sentenced to six years in prison, went on furlough for medical treatment and surgery after four years of imprisonment. However, upon termination of his prison term, the regime's judiciary announced that five months of his leave was a non-stay and considered as “absence” and he has to go back to prison.

The judiciary also issued a statement to his wife this month saying that Mr. Shahabi was sentenced to another year imprisonment and should stay in prison for a total of 17 months.

In a gathering to support Reza Shahabi in front of the Ministry of Labor, his wife was accompanied by drivers of the Bus Company, students, teachers and a number of labor activists. The Bus Company Workers Union website has written that the deminstrators chanted slogans such as “Free Prisoner Workers” and “Freedom of Shahabi is our immediate demand,” and “Students, Teachers, Workers, Unity” as well as “From Arak to Tehran, Workers are in Prison.” The rallying crowds also chanted slogans against the minister of labor.

Tehran's bus drivers drove with the lights on and a speed of 20km/h a week ago in protest of the continued imprisonment of Reza Shahabi. Earlier, five French labor unions, together with Amnesty International, called on the French President Emanuel Macron to intervene to protect Reza Shahabi’s life.


Iran,Isfahan, Apr. 10, 2018. Farmers Stage Major Protest Gathering in Khourasgan Square

Iran,Isfahan, Apr. 10, 2018. Farmers' Protest Rally Continues

Iran – the Portrait of Khamenei and Khomeini Was Set on Fire


Ahvaz, 29 Mar, Peaceful Demonstration of People Faces With Brutal Clashes by the Security Forces

IRAN, AHVAZ, Mar 27&28 People Clash With Security Agents Who Wanted to Destroy Their Houses

WARNING - VULGAR LANGUAGE March 13 - Tehran, NW #Iran‌ Protesters Celebrating #FireFest and Clashing

Iran: Video Clip, Activists Setting Fire 2 Paramilitary Bassij Center in Lavasan, North Tehran. #Fir

March 13 - Qazvin, NW #Iran‌ Protesters Starting #FireFest, Defying Authorities Banning Such #4Shanb

Iranian Opposition Organises Protest Against Presence of Iranian Justice Minister at UN in Geneva

Iran - Feb 6: Protest by swindled investors of the Caspian investment fund in Rasht

Iran: Kian Tyre factory workers protest overdue wages

Iran Protests- Jan. 5, 2018 City of Tabriz, Protests Inside the Football Stadium

Iran Protests- 5 Jan 2018 - Crowd Chants Slogan Against State Security Forces

Iran Protests- January 5, 2018 City of Tabriz, Protests Inside the Football Stadium

Iran- Dezful - South of Iran, the Funeral of Mohsen Adeli Who Was Killed by Regime During Protests

Iran Protests- January 5, 2018. Tabriz, the Repressive Special Guards Run Away From Youths

Iran Protests - Jan. 4, 2018 - City of City of Dezful -Southwestern Iran

Iran Protests- Tehran, January 3, People Fight Back Against Plain Clothes and Security Agents

Iran Protests- Tehran Jan 3, Outraged People Chanting, Death to Khamenei, Death to the Dictator

Iran Protests- Jan 4, 2018- City of Isfahan

Iran Protests- January 2, 2018 Ahwaz, Sixth Day of Uprising

Iran Protests- Sixth Day of People's Uprising Against the Regime, Tehran, January 2, 2018