Workers’ Representatives Arrested At Haft Tappeh Sugar

Hft tappehThe security forces violently tried to repress protests at the Haft Tappeh sugarcane company in southwest Iran arresting several protesting workers, Labor rights groups in Iran have reported.

The Workers Syndicate reported that two representatives of the Haft Tappeh sugarcane company, Esmail Bakhshi and Mosslim Armand had been arrested and taken to the security office of Shush along with a female reporter, on Sunday 17 November.
Before being detained, Esmail Bakhshi delivered a speech.

The Governor-General of Khuzestan province acknowledge that four workers have been arrested during labour protests, although, he has not identified the detainees by name.

The protesting workers have demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the detainees.

Employees of the Haft Tappeh sugar mill company in Shush, southwest Iran, continued their strike and protests on Sunday for the 14th consecutive day. This movement is gaining momentum despite measures by anti-riot units to repress protests and prevent any such gatherings.

Reports say anti-riot police had been stationed in and around the complex, early hours of Sunday, surrounding the workers. Up to three busloads of security forces had been dispatched from different cities of Khuzestan province on Saturday.

Anti riot units closed all entrance and exit gates of the company, preventing the protesting workers from leaving the company.

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