Last year saw a succession of protests by labour groups, spearheaded by teachers (see here  and here ) who successfully mobilised across the country. Unfortunately, many labour organisers received long jail sentences and some, like Shahrokh Zamani , died in prison due to the harsh jail conditions. This year, hundreds of workers at the Khatoon Abad Copper Mines went on strike over low pay and insecure employment. In response, the government arrested 28 workers  from the smelter division. A solidarity campaign is being initiated.