Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

January 4, 2018

Iran’s Streets Again

Filed under: Iran — louisproyect @ 6:53 pm

Minah Khanlarzadeh

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Those of us who have followed the news of workers’ strikes in Iran don’t need various kinds of conspiracy theories to interpret the recent protests. An example of such workers’ strikes is this speech by Khadijeh Nissi during the strike of Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Plantation and Mill Complex about 2 months ago. There Nissi protests against several months of unpaid incomes and she demands that there be structural changes to how their workplace is managed. The conspiracy theories used to interpret the recent protests are typically built on a conservative official Raeisi plotting against the administration of Rouhani, and imperialistic interventions to create chaos in Iran. There has also been a tendency to condescendingly emphasize the increase of the price of eggs as the main trigger of the protests. Thus the protesters are considered to be manipulated against their own political interests while fighting for their rights to reasonably priced eggs.  The conflict between the conservative and the reformist factions of power in Iran is true, and the proxy wars in the region are also factual, and the price of eggs has increased—but the compound of politics and the economy is much more complex than such essays suggest.

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