Iranian merchants in Baneh market resume their strike against border closure

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Merchants in the Baneh market who had been on strike for almost a month and had announced last week that they will reopen the bazaar shops but would resume their strike again if the borders were not opened by Saturday May 12th, began their on strike on Tuesday, May 15th in solidarity with merchants and marketers all over the country simultaneously.

The Iranian 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.

The merchants had closed down all shops in the bordering city of Baneh in Iran, in protest to the closure of borders and increase of customs tariffs. The strike continued for twenty-five days and many other cities and the public in Iran supported the strike. However, on Thursday, May 10th, the Baneh strike delegation called for marketers to end their strike by opening their shops on conditional terms. They announced that if the authorities do not respond to their demands they will resume the national strike at the market in Baneh.

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