On 23rd of July 1953, when Pierre Poujade prevented inspectors of the tax board from verifying the income of another shopkeeper with a group of about 20 others, he absolutely had no idea more than half a century later his strike method will get into Tehran’s main bazaar. And now Iran is again headed for strike season almost after 32 years. The last widespread strike in Iranian Bazaar (central marketplace) had paralyzed the Shah’s regime and forced his economy to a sudden and painful collapse.
It’s been more than a week now Bazaar is on strike mainly in Tehran which has been followed by a number of other influential cities such as Tabriz and Mashhad. The latest news reveals the trend is on rise and likely to hit other regions soon. It all began when Ahmadinejad’s government representative on tax and duties announced an unbelievable 70% tax on annual income for business owners. The last year’s tax income for entrepreneurs and business owners were at most 25 to 30 percent. So, it was quite predictable from the beginning that something is going to happen, and it happened sooner than many expected.
History has revealed that dictatorships always fear a strike more than rebellion. The act of strike simply has the shout of a nation’s unity and strength loud to the oppressor; while, a rebellion can best maintain to a week or two and retreat fast soon after. Consequently, the only option available to the Islamic dictatorship of Iran is to act like a sneak rat, as they always did, and try to damage the unity. But strikes have a point of no-return. The point that seems to me is close to be reached is being followed gradually and smoothly in about a year period of time. That point has the sweetness of unity among the nation and as they experience its fruitfulness through the coming strikes, they won’t give it up.
It’s better for the Islamic regime of Iran to count to ten, because they’re going soon and they’re going painfully.