“At its heart, it’s the socio-economic situation that is largely driving the recent discontent, with strikes serving as a means to voice these grievances – poverty, unemployment, low wages, lack of economic growth, and depreciating currency/rising prices,” said Kierat Ranautta-Sambhi, a regional security analyst at Le Beck International.

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“Authorities and particularly the IRGC, are cracking down on strikes with the aim of preventing such incidents from escalating, and there is no indication that this response will change,” Ms Ranautta-Sambhi said.

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