Friday, August 15, 2008

Iran: No to whippings and executions of worker activists

From LabourStart. Anyone think supporting these women and workers is some sort of capitulation to imperialism?!

On May Day this year in Iran, two brave women - Sousan Razani and Shiva Kheirabadi - participated in open celebrations of the international workers' holiday.

The regime considers this to be a crime and the women were arrested.

They have just been sentenced to 15 lashes apiece, as well as four months in prison.

They're not alone. In a new and ferocious wave of repression directed against worker activists, a Kurdish teacher (Farzad Kamangar) has been sentenced to death. Three men (Abdullah Khani, Seyed Qaleb Hosseini, and Khaled Hosseini) have been sentenced to 120 lashes between them, as well as prison sentences. Afshin Shams has been arrested and awaits trial.

Meanwhile, Mansour Osanloo, leader of the Tehran bus workers, has languished in jail since July 2007.

Enough is enough.

The Iranian regime must now receive a loud and clear message from the international labour movement that we have not forgotten our sisters and brothers in Iran. Thousands of us must raise our voices.

You can help send that message by going to LabourStart's new campaign page here.

We have also launched a cause on Facebook for those of you using that social network, here.

Spread the word – build the campaign. No to whippings and executions!