Second day of protest strikes by merchants and bazaar shop-owners in Baneh and Javanrud against closing of portage borders in Iran

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On Monday, April 16, 2018, the merchants and bazaar shop-owners of Javanrud and Baneh held a strike for the second day in a row in protest against new customs laws, tariff rises and border closures. The strikers moved to the Governorate in Javanrud and paced empty tables on the street, indicating that the people are poor and their tables are empty.

It should be noted that on Sunday, April 15th, a massive strike took place in the two cities following the calls made by the merchants business-owners of Baneh and Javanrud (Kurdistan province, Iran).

It should be noted that on April 4th this year, merchants and shop-owners from the market repeatedly went on a several day strike to demand a response to their requests, but so far they have not gotten any answers.

The government has completely closed the borders of Baneh, Marivan, Piranhasar and Sardasht in recent months. The closure of the borders, and especially the porters’ pathway borders, has led to a sharp rise in unemployment.

Porters is referred to those who carry goods across the border on their shoulders to earn a living. They are involved in portage mainly in the bordering provinces of Western Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, and Kermanshah.

According to the representative of the city of Marivan, only 8,000 people have been unemployed in the city, causing a sharp recession among merchants and businesses.

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