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Condemn Assassination attempts Against Labour Activists in Iran!

"I have gone through extremely harsh and unbearable situations in the past three decades of my life, struggling for the realization of workers' and people's rights. During all these times, I have been able to keep my morale high and continue the struggle because I have always seen myself as a part of the world's working class, a class that has always been engaged in a struggle for the achievement of its rights and the emancipation of human beings from exploitation, rightlessness, war, racism, the destruction of the environment and other disasters of capitalism. The workers and freedom loving people who will be gathering on august 9th in different countries protesting against the oppression of workers in Iran and for the freedom of Mr. Osanloo and myself are basically one manifestation of workers' class unity."
August 2007---Mr. Salehi is an Iranian labor activist leader in prison
Condemn Assassination attempts Against Labour Activists in Iran!

Today, Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 9:00 AM in City of Sanandaj in Iran's Kurdistan Province, three plain clothes agents who had covered their faces attempted to assassinate Mr. Majid Hamidi a labour activists in Sanandaj. Mr. Hamidi is a member of the Coordinating Committee to Form Workers' Organization as well as a member of the Committee in Defence of Mahmoud Salehi. Various reports, including reports by the two above organizations, indicate that Mr. Hamidi was shot 7 times mostly in the arm and shoulder as well as his neck. Friends and neighbors immediately took Mr. Hamidi to the Sanandaj's hospital, but since he was shot in neck doctors recommended that he should immediately get transferred to Tehran for surgery. He was transferred to the Amir Alam hospital in Tehran at 2:30 PM. Mr. Hamidi is in a very critical condition at the moment.

According to the Committee in Defence of Mahmoud Salehi, Mr. Hamidi himself has said that this is the least price workers and labour activists have to pay in Iran to achieve their demands and rights.

It's also important to report that on October 17, 2007, a plain clothes agent had gone to the residence of Mr. Behzad Sohrabi, a well-known labour activist and the spokesperson for the Committee in Defense of Mahmoud Salehi and a member of the Coordinating Committee... ; however Mr. Sohrabi was not at home at the time.

On Wednesday, August 29th, 2007, Mohammad Abdipour, one of the Saqez Seven labour activists, while taking his 7 year-old child to a hair salon, was attacked by someone named Omar Darwish Abdullah with a handgun. Mr. Abdipour was not harmed in this attack as he was rescued by people present in the area. In a statement on August 30th, the Committee in Defence of Mahmoud Salehi emphasized that this kind of attack, particularly with a gun, can only be done by the government forces and with their arrangement and consent.

These are extremely alaraming signs that need the immediate attention of the Iranian and the worldwide labour movements. We cannot allow these kinds of assassination attempts to continue. Iranian labour activists are already facing some of the harshest conditions in the world. They are sacked from workplaces, persecuted, kidnapped, jailed, exiled and beaten frequently. Their leaders, like Osanloo and Salehi, are being deprived of urgent and necessary medical treatments and continue to be incarcerated while their health is at great risk (Osanloo is in danger of being blinded and needs an immediate eye surgery and Salehi needs to be transferred to an appropriate hospital for treatment of his remaining kidney's malfunctioning). Despite all this, workers in Iran persist in demanding their most basic rights such as the freedom of association and the right to organize and the immediate release of all jailed labour activists and an end to all harassment and persecutions of workers in Iran.

Please strongly condemn these assassination attempts on the life of Iranian labour activists in any possible ways you can.

More updates to follow.

Protest letters can be sent to:

Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

The Presidency,

Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection,

Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Fax: + 98 21 649 58 80

Email:  dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir

Leader of the Islamic Republic:
Ayatollah Sayed *Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Shoahada Street
Qom, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email:  info@leader.ir OR  istiftaa@wilayah.org
Fax: 011 98 251 7774 2228

Head of the Judiciary:
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Justice Building
Panzdah-Khordad Square
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: 011 98 21 3390 4986 (may be difficult to reach)
Email:  info@dadgostary-tehran.ir

Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations Institutions in Geneva, Chemin du Petit-Saconnex 28, 1209 Geneva, Switzerland, Fax: +41 22 733 02 03, E-mail:  mission.iran@ties.itu.int

cc:  info@workers-iran.org

For more information, contact  info@workers-iran.org or  alliance@workers-iran.org.

International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran

Background Information: www.workers-iran.org


best action for Mr. Majid Hamidi 05.Dec.2007 23:46

theresa mitchell

Mr. Majid Hamidi is best served, as he recuperates from his bullet wounds, by an absolute lack of American bombs exploding around him and on water, sewer, and electrical plants in Iran. We can best help him by stopping the planned massive anticivilian air raids. Meanwhile we might turn an ear to the screams of despair of the 2.2 million in our squalid prison systems here in the US, and the thousands in our secret torture detention centers around the world--a horror that ranks with the worst in history.

Do you work for the CIA? 06.Dec.2007 07:32

a legitimate question

The CIA/NSA seems to be overly-occupied with media manipulations and the manufacture of propaganda. To that end, they have murdered journalists all over the world, have planted stories all over the world, and have infiltrated newspapers and tv news crews. (This is a matter of record. Look it up.)

Could it be that all the bizarre posts here, outlining reasons why the nation that's next on the "new world order" agenda should be condemned, are being planted here? (You know, like all those posts about how Chavez should be abandoned appeared right before the Venezuelan election?)