Islamic Republic of Iran
When: Friday June 26th, 2009 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM
Where: Third Ave and 40th Street,
Across the Islamic Republic’s permanent mission to the UN
Join us in an International Day of Solidarity with the Iranian Labor Movement, and in opposition to the recent electoral coup.
Iranian society for the past 30 years has been a hotbed of struggle against the theocratic, murderous tyranny of the Islamic Republic. Whereas in the early 80’s the regime was successful in physical, and political annihilation of popular mass social movements, in the past few years with the emergence of a new generation of radical popular mass social movements ( labor, women, students, Kurdistan…) the regime has consistently demonstrated its utter inability to suppress and keep these social forces in check.
One of the latest instances of such futile thugishness was the regime’s vicious attack on workers, their family members and supporters on May 1st, while they were peacefully assembling in a park to celebrate May Day. June 26th was chosen by four International Labor Federations: The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), International Union of Food workers (IUF), International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and Education International (EI) to protest the imprisonment of labor activists detained on May 1st in Tehran. For more information on worldwide labor solidarity actions please see www.workers-iran.org .
While preparations were under way to protest the Islamic Republic’s vile anti-labor policies and conduct, an even more unthinkable, brazen crime was committed in broad daylight by Islamic Republic, and its front man, “Mahmud Shah.“ Iranian history has had its own fare share of coups (from palace coups in Achaemenids era, to the coups in 20th century engineered by Western powers responsible for the establishment of the brutal, corrupt Pahlavi dynasty: itself an indirect source and practical incubator of Islamic Republic). Yet none has been as blatant and futile as the electoral coup carried out last week. Obviously the sea of humanity spread throughout the country during the election campaign was too alarming for the ruling theocracy to contemplate, and in their desperate attempt to “control” the situation they have resorted to yet another devious ploy. But if Iranian history is any indication, this coup like every single other one before it, will not succeed, and won’t be able to hold back the people’s aspirations for freedom, democracy, equality, and peaceful coexistence with other nations. Join labor, anti-war activists in solidarity with Iranian people’s struggle against the doomed theocracy of the Islamic Republic. Let us vociferously raise our cry of freedom and say:
- Free all arrested workers and political prisoners
-Down with Islamic Republic of Iran
-Long live freedom, peace and equality
- Long live International Workers’ Solidarity
-Sponsored by: International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)-NY
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