Iran's truck drivers fed up with Mullahs wasting money on missiles and supporting proxies while infrastructure crumbles

Hassan Mahmoudi:
Angry Iranian truck-drivers began a nationwide strike on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in more than 70 cities, protesting the mullah regime. They protested low wages; high taxes; lack of job security; mismanagement of their facilities; worsening living conditions; and deteriorating sources of revenue along with rising costs of maintenance, both the result of Iran's monetary mismanagement, which has driven down the value of Iran's currency, including their earnings. Truck-drivers, and especially fuel truck-drivers, refused to continue loading freight, and they parked their trucks in parking lots in cities and even on highways, chanting slogans against the authorities for mismanagement and for plundering their revenues. The strike by the fuel truckers led to fuel shortages in gas stations in the Fars province, triggering a rush to the fuel stations and long lines for fuel rationing.
It's a significant strike because freight transportation has played an important role in helping economic infrastructure and development in the country since 1940. Truck transport is key for the distribution of goods and commodities from producer to consumer and for transferring industrial materials to provinces where production is located away from consumption areas, so the mullahs have a problem.

As one of the strikers said, mullah rule has caused a collapse in the transport infrastructure because national revenues are spent no longer on the maintenance and upkeep of roads, but on the production of long-range missiles and Iran's support for its allies, Hamas, Hezb'allah, and the Houthis in Yemen. The result for ordinary Iranians has been inflation, the depreciation of the rial (Iran's currency), and international isolation.
The mullahs' response has been to punish the drivers with higher fees.  This is another example of a popular uprising against the mullah's wasting of resources on its hegemony agenda in the region.  While the US supports the uprising, will Europe join the people of Iran are stick with those abusing them?


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