A group of political prisoners from across the country, currently exiled in Ardabil in the country’s northwest regions, have issued a strong letter of support expressing their solidarity with thousands of truck drivers on a general strike in over 270 cities in all of Iran’s 31 provinces.
“Reports of protests and strikes are heard from people across the country. It has been 40 years that the great people of Iran have been prisoners to a regime of utter corruption, destruction, and plundering.
“From Ahvaz to Kazerun, from sugar cane workers in Haft Tappeh to the employees of Arak’s Hepco Company, and now truck drivers across the country; they all share one voice and are on strike… Unity is of the utmost importance.
“The truck drivers have been steadfast regarding their demands for the past eight days… We, the exiled political prisoners of Ardabil Central Prison, support the truckers’ strike and protests against injustice and cruelty.
“We, too, repeat the Iranian people’s chants: ‘Don’t be afraid, we’re all together.’
“Two days we also learned of our Baluchi countrymen’s protest in Zahedan. College students were protesting an insult to their religion and ethnicity. Hats off to them and all the Baluchi community.
“Our message to the protesting people of Sistan & Baluchistan Province is that this is no time for silence. Raise your voice in unity with protesters in various throughout the country. The Iranian people, in all cities and provinces, are chanting: ‘Death to Dictator’ – ‘Viva Freedom’”