Truck drivers in Iran launched a nationwide strike on Wednesday, May 23, demanding that the government raise wages, among other requests. Unconfirmed reports have claimed that the strike has caused fuel shortages in some areas in the country. Participating truck drivers have stated that they will continue to strike until the government addresses their demands.
Businesses and shops reportedly joined the truck drivers' strike, closing stores in the provinces of Isfahan, Kermanshah, and Kerman. Additional strike actions, related protests, and business and traffic disruptions are expected in the coming days until the truck drivers' demands are met. A heightened security presence is expected around potential gatherings; clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Iran has witnessed a multitude of protests over various grievances in cities across the country since December 2017. In recent weeks, protests and strikes have been held in cities throughout Iran over water issues, insufficient wages, political prisoners, border closures, political administration issues, poor university administration, and mismanagement of financial institutions.
Individuals in Iran are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.