Saturday, July 01, 2006

Iran Besieged By Strikes

Middle East Newsline:
Iran was said to have been besieged by unrest. Iranian opposition sources reported a sharp increase in civil unrest throughout the country. The sources said Iranian authorities have encountered labor strikes, protests and ethnic clashes over the last month.

"The growth in number of uprisings in the Azeri provinces was such that hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets," Muhajadeen Khalq, the leading opposition force, said on June 28. "The situation in other provinces was not any different."

Muhajadeen reported more than 480 demonstrations, strikes, protests, and clashes throughout Iran in June. In a statement, the opposition group said the unrest rocked such cities as Kerman, Mashhad, Qom and Teheran.