The International Road Transport Union says there are about a thousand truck drivers stranded inside Iran's border with Turkey.
The International Road Transport Union says there are about a thousand truck drivers stranded inside Iran's border with Turkey. The Union claims the truck drivers are facing the danger of attacks by opponents of the Iranian government.
SYNOPSIS: Some of the trucks have been stranded at the border post for two months. Recently, according to the International Road Transport Union, Iranian demonstrators attacked and destroyed three Rumanian trucks. They demanded that the drivers stop supplying the present Iranian government with European weapons and other goods. At Bazargan, just inside Iran, truck drivers are now short of food and there is little fuel to heat their cabs in the freezing weather.
Turkey has also stopped trucks from going into Iran through the border post at Gurbulak. Government officials in Ankara said the ban would remain in force until the political situation in Iran stabilised. The line of trucks waiting to enter Iran now stretches forty kilometres (25 miles) back from the border post. The International Road Transport Union -- which represents more than a hundred transport associations in fifty countries -- has urged individual governments, the United Nations and the International Red Cross to help the drivers. One British truck driver said the situation at Bazargan on the Iranian side was now becoming "desperate".