Tuesday, 30 June 2009
He was shot thrice in the chest and died on the way to the hospital. He has been buried in Behesht e Zahra cemetary section 257, row 50, number 19.
Monday, 29 June 2009
Nightly rooftop protest intensifies
In the last two nights the nightly roof top protests have intensified both in terms of length of time and the range of anti-government slogans. The most active parts of
Abuse of families of the fallen
The Islamic regime has shamelessly been asking for money before returning bodies of those killed to their families. Officials have been charging the equivalent of several thousand dollars from each family.
The numbers of those killed in the last two weeks has reached more than 250. The regime has designated a section in the Behesht-E- Zahra cemetery for those killed in the protests and named it the ‘monafeghin’ section (section for 'hypocrites'). The regime has barred families from burying their loved ones at any other cemetery.
According to the WPI and New Channel reporters, many of those arrested in recent days have been taken to the notorious Evin Prison. There are more than 40 prisoners in each cell of section 240 of Evin prison. They have even packed 3 people in solitary confinement spaces in Section 240 and 241. Section 8 of the prison, which has capacity for 150 people, has been packed with 700 prisoners and there is not even space for sleeping. There are no sanitary and other facilities. Section 7 which is a basement and is used for quarantine is full o f young people arrested in recent years. There are some prisoners who are under 17 and we have received reports that the prison guards have threatened them with rape and sexual abuse.
According to the Committee for the Freedom of Political Prisoners, more than 2,000 people have been detained during the past two weeks. The Committee is compiling a list of the detained.
Protests of the families at Evin Prison
There are daily protests by family members of those detained outside Evin prison. More than 1,000 people congregate there despite daily harassment and intimidation by the Islamic regime’s security forces and Ministry of Information.
Tyranny and repression unavoidably depict an inverted and distorted picture of the political realities of society. The fall of dictatorial regimes has always produced outcomes other than what the political observers had expected according to their previous observations. It is quite understandable that in a repressed atmosphere the true character, power and programmes of political parties or forces, the balance of power between social forces, the direction and pace of political trends and, most significantly, the true political and social inclinations of the people and of various social classes, would not find an accurate reflection.
News reporters and news fabricators, professors of oriental studies, experts from the Western states, nationalist parties and patriots, Third Worldist groups and those ‘smitten’ by the East, which, for a time, for reasons beyond their own control, delusively thought of themselves as communist, are all eagerly gazing at this jumbled scene, this warped picture, and receiving their conceptions, beliefs and inspirations from it. If we believe them,
However, behind this spectacle, real history moves in a different direction. One should look further, put the ear to the ground, and feel the tremors of the foundations of this reactionary system. The current battle in
The above was translated by Jamshid Hadian and edited by Bahram Soroush. It has been translated and published because of its relevance to the current situation in
Sunday, 28 June 2009
Saturday, 27 June 2009
In London, protestors will be assembling at former Bank Melli building across High Street Kensington underground station and marching towards Islamic regime's embassy where they will remain till 6pm.
Friday, 26 June 2009
Around 4.30pm the protesters surged forward, broke through police lines, broke down the embassy doors and entered it. The armed security of the Islamic regime attempted to stop the protesters. They were immediately unarmed; embassy staff then fled the buidling.
Swedish police arrived and fired shots in the air after which the demonstrators left the building.
See pictures of the day.
See a video clip of it.
News coverage of the demonstration.
- Arrest and public trial of those responsible for current killings and all of the crimes committed in the last 30 years
- Release of all political prisoners
- Abolition of the death penalty
- An end to compulsory veiling and sexual apartheid
- Abolition of all misogynist and discriminatory laws against women and the establishment of complete equality between men and women
- Complete separation of religion from state, judiciary, education and complete religious freedom and atheism as a private matter
- Unconditional freedom of expression, thought, organisation, press, demonstration, and strike
- Recognition of equality for all citizens, irrespective of religion, language, ethnicity or nationality
- Public trial of Ayatollahs, and government officials and its functionaries for embezzlement of the people’s funds and reclaiming the public's stolen wealth
- Provision and guarantee of suitable welfare according to the most advanced standards in the world for all citizens; immediate increase of the minimum wage to one million Tomans ($1000.00).
This is the decree of the people’s movement for freedom in
The people of
Worker-communist Party of Iran
26 June 2009
Thursday, 25 June 2009
* Their protests are not about the farce of an election; elections in
* The ‘election’ is a pretext for people to come out with their own demands, including: ‘We want the prosecution of those who ordered and carried out the killings,’ ‘Free political prisoners,’ ‘Down with dictator,’ and 'Down with the Islamic regime.' The intensified factional infighting within the regime’s ruling class opens the space for them to do so.
* During the past two weeks, hundreds of protestors have been wounded or killed by the regime’s security forces, including 27 year old Neda Agha-Soltan who was shot in the chest on June 20. Many of the wounded have been dragged out of hospital beds and imprisoned.
* The protests are in opposition to thirty years of medievalism and cruelty. The regime stones people to death for ‘adultery,’ with the law even specifying the size of the stone to be used. Political opponents, labour activists and leaders, gays, and ‘apostates’ are executed.
Today, what you are seeing in
Now is the time for people in the west to show their solidarity with this movement, condemn the regime, and demand its political isolation and that its embassies be shut down.
Like racial apartheid in the former
On Friday, June 26, four global union organisations representing over 170 million workers have called a worldwide action day to demand justice for Iranian workers. Join those gathered in cities across the world to commemorate Neda and those killed in the past two weeks and show your solidarity with the people’s revolutionary movement in
In addition to June 26, the international day of protest, you can join a rally this Saturday, 27 June 09,
Assemble at 2pm opposite High Street Kensington tube station and move towards the Islamic regime’s embassy at 2:30pm. There will be a demonstration at the embassy from 3-6pm.
For any queries, please call the organiser Jalil Jalili on 07950924434.
In his letter, he said: ‘As you will know, the government has attacked, brutalised, and shot at demonstrators. We have received reports that tens have been killed during this period. Families of the dead have said that the regime’s security have demanded an equivalent of $3,000 to release their bodies to them. We have also been informed that doctors and nurses at two hospitals have taken to the streets in protest to the treatment of the wounded. Many of the hundreds wounded have been denied access to their families. We have also been informed that wounded are being dragged out of hospital beds and taken to prison. The mistreatment and torture of detainees is another matter of concern.
In this crucial period, we call on your organisation to intervene and send a mission to
WPI leader, Hamid Taqvaee, wrote a letter today cautioning all banks and financial institutions. In it, he said:
'1- All such funds are the legal property of the Iranian people and have been misappropriated or obtained fraudulently by the individuals concerned. Any co-operation, assistance and facilities provided by banks in such transactions will be regarded by WPI, the Iranian people and the future Iranian government as complicity in defrauding the Iranian people.
'2- No such accounts must be opened for Iranian officials and their proxies. All information regarding existing accounts must be made public and open to legal scrutiny. All existing accounts must be closed and funds must be immediately frozen. These funds belong to the Iranian people and must be returned to them.
'3- WPI reserves the right to use all means legally at its disposal to put a stop to this practice and expose all parties concerned. This is fraud and money laundering. It is illegal, immoral and indefensible.’
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
At the court house in Tehran, thousands of family members of the detained are now in a sit-in protest. They are demanding information on the whereabouts of their loved ones detained during the past ten days.
Other reports received today via New Channel TV is that the regime's security is demanding the equivalent of $3,000 to release the bodies of those killed during the past ten days. In the 80s, when Mousavi was prime minister, families of those executed were asked to pay for the bullets used to kill their children.
Let’s raise the banner of our human demands!
48 days have passed since the attack on the May Day demonstration at Laleh Park [in Tehran] and the arrest of the workers. Important developments, with great and dramatic consequences for the social movement, have taken place since then. In TV debates, the presidential candidates blamed each other for violating rights, embezzlement, theft, and mismanagement. However, none of them opposed the laws that have imposed such catastrophes on the people; none of them protested against a law that has deprived workers of their right to strike, that has legitimised a minimum wage four times below the poverty line; laws that have denied workers the right organize. None of the candidates protested against laws that have legitimised mass layoffs; laws that impose blank, one-month contracts on workers. None of the candidates spoke about freedom of expression, freedom of dress, and several hundred other inhumane practices that currently rule the society. Even if in some cases the candidates superficially brought up some issues, they used them as a means to try the other and to acquit oneself as if the opponent had been more severe in practicing these laws. In all these debates the candidates proved that they are loyal to all the existing laws and the existing situation; that they are only fighting over power.
Thus, under these conditions, where a massive movement of the people has entered the scene to raise its demands, we workers regard it as our right to raise the banner of our class demands as follows:
1- Immediate increase in the Minimum Wage to a level higher than 1 million Toman per month
2- Abolition of temporary contracts and new forms of work contracts
3- Dissolution of Islamic Labour Councils and Workers’ House as government organisations in factories and workplaces; establishing workers’ councils and other workers’ organisations independent of the state
4- Immediate and unconditional payment of unpaid and overdue wages
5- An end to layoffs and payment of sufficient unemployment benefit to all unemployed workers
6- Immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners, including imprisoned workers who were detained in May Day: Jafar Azimzadeh, Gholamreza Khani, Saaed Youzi*, Saeed Rostami, Mehdi Farahi-Shandiz, Kaveh Mozzafari, Mansour Osanlou and Ebrahim Madadi; an end to persecution and harassment of workers and worker leaders
Freedom of strike, protest, assembly, expression and speech are our undeniable rights
An end to gender discrimination, to child labour and to laying off of immigrant workers.
Today we have the duty to express our demands independently and, relying on our united power, to set to work to win our human rights together with other sections of the society.
Free Union of Iranian Workers
June 18, 2009
* Editor’s note: Jafar Azimzadeh, President of the Free Union of Iranian Workers, and Gholamreza Khani, member of the Union of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, were released on bail on Monday, 22nd June; Saeed Youzi, another detained worker leader, was released on bail on Tuesday 23rd June.
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
We witnessed her last breaths; and felt the rage of the millions on the streets of
In an interview with Persian media, her fiancé, Caspian Makan, said that some news sites had erroneously reported that she was a supporter of Mousavi. 'This is not the case’ he said, ‘She was never supportive of either of these two groups. She wanted freedom; freedom for everyone.'(1)
There are times in history when individuals or tragic events become symbols and, today, Neda has become ours.
She symbolises all the beloved we have lost to this indiscriminate killing machine. But she also represents the refusal to kneel and the desire for a life worthy of 21st century humanity.
On Friday, June 26, come out to remember Neda and the over 200 killed during these past few days and to show your solidarity with the people’s revolutionary movement in
We can and must turn this day into a day of condemnation of the Islamic regime.
To see Fariborz Pooya’s interview with Hamid Taqvaee on the demand to isolate the Islamic regime and shut down its embassies, click here.
To see received messages of solidarity, click here. Send your messages of solidarity with the people of
To listen to Maryam Namazie’s interview on BBC radio today on the situation in
To read Maryam’s letter to the editor published in the Evening Standard, click here: http://worker-communistpartyofiran.blogspot.com/2009/06/isolate-regime.html
To read an indepth interview with Hamid Taqvaee on the election farce in
For details on the various demonstrations on June 26, click here.
Some of the demonstrations are listed below. They will be held at consulates and embassies of the Islamic Republic of Iran:
There is also a march organised on Saturday 27 June beginning at 2pm at the former Bank Melli building (High Street Kensington station) and moving towards the Islamic regime’s embassy from 2:30pm with a demonstration at the embassy from 3-6pm.****
Also see below film of unveiled woman walking in the street. A woman in a passing car asks: 'Ms, Has the revolution come to pass?'
In interviews with the press, her fiancee, Caspian Makan, said 'Neda was never supportive of either group [referring to the factions in the regime]. She wanted freedom; Freedom for everyone.'
Her murder has become a rallying point across the world.
He went on to say: "She was near the area, a few streets away, from where the main protests were taking place, near the Amir-Abad area. She was with her music teacher, sitting in a car and stuck in traffic.
"She was feeling very tired and very hot. She got out of the car for just a few minutes.
"That's when she was shot dead. Eyewitnesses and video footage of the shooting clearly show that probably Basij paramilitaries in civilian clothing deliberately targeted her. Eyewitnesses said they clearly targeted her and she was shot in the chest.
"She passed away within a few minutes. People tried to take her to the nearest hospital, the Shariati hospital. But it was too late."
Makan said Neda's family struggled to persuade the Iranian authorities to release her body.
"She was taken to a morgue outside Tehran. The officials from the morgue asked if they could use parts of her corpse for body transplants for medical patients," he said.
"They didn't specify what exactly they intended to do. Her family agreed because they wanted to bury her as soon as possible.
"We buried her in the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery in southern Tehran. They asked us to bury her in this section where it seemed the authorities had set aside spaces for graves for those killed during the clashes."The regime banned her family from holding a public funeral.
He continued: 'She only ever said that she wanted one thing, she wanted freedom for the people of Iran.’
The white-haired man who is seen pressing on her chest in the video and repeatedly saying 'don't be afraid, Neda dear, don't be afraid' was actually her music teacher.
Monday, 22 June 2009
WPI calls on heads of states and the UN to break relations with and expel the Islamic regime in Iran
His letter went on to say: 'Recent events in
Maryam Namazie interviews Bahram Soroush and Fariborz Pooya on the protests and the link to the elections. Also on the issue of Mousavi offering no viable alternative as the 'opposition' leader. Watch it here.
Also on 7 Tir Square a huge number of people have sat down with candles in their hands to commemorate Neda and the fallen during these protests. Baseejis have attacked protesters. Spirits are high and people are regrouping again.
Tehran University students have barricaded themselves in the university with a big picture of Neda hanging at the front gate facing 16 Azar street. People are laying flowers in memory of Neda at the gate.
Today, at 5pm Tehran time, Neda is to be commemorated by cars honking and turning their car lights on.
Many people are walking around in Tehran and waiting for an opportunity to get together and protest.
I am astonished of what is happening in
I admire the courage and determination Iranian people are showing.
The current regime in
My heart and good wishes go out to all the good people of
We stand in solidarity with the people of
Chair of Southall Black Sisters
Dear people in
As Maryam Namazie writes in her call, I know you, at former times at the university as friends, who have been fighting for human rights and against dictatorship in Iran, hopefully and later on with bitterly disappointment about the development during and after the revolution 1979, and as I think the people have been cheated for the results of that revolution.
At that time and later on a lot of you died or "disappeared".
Today I know you as refugees, colleagues, and friends.
I am following with admiration and worried the development in
I admire you for your courage how you fight against the dictatorship.
You are wonderful people and I hope for you that at this time the people will win however then you are willing to organize your country. This is the matter of the Iranian people themselves.
My heart, my very best wishes und hopes are with you
Martina Zimmeck -
Please send me addresses of embassies and news stations and I will write strong worded letters. Let me know of anything else I can do.
I'm behind you all the way. Keep up the good work!
As a single individual, powerless and tiny, I am deeply moved by the unfolding of matters in
Writing this email makes me feel even more powerless but it is the least I can do
Jorge Alonso Ortiz
Just want to wish you and your comrades well in the struggle for a free society in
All the best
I do hope the evil & oppressive regime falls.
I give my respect to the courageous Persian people who want their culture respected, but do not want to be ruled by theocratic bullies.
I am a Syrian activist in exile
All our support to the Iranian masses fighting against the repressive regime
The causes of equal rights for women and the freedom to speak openly are towering values that validate your struggle and the many setbacks you will suffer.
Good luck to this movement.
On behalf of all the people I know, you can add our numbers to your brave, strong women and men. This battle is an unbelievably important cause keep up the good work.
To the people of
I wish you the best of luck in your struggle for freedom and against totalitarianism. It is something that we can all relate to. The courage of the protesters has been truly inspiring. I am half way across the world, yet reading about your protests and watching the scenes unfold has brought tears to my eyes. I'm not Iranian, but I feel part of your struggle. Seeing the way in which people can stand up for their rights and fight for a better country, and as a result a better world, has made me proud of humanity. I'm from the former Yugoslavia, and I lived happily in a secularist, socialist nation for much of my life. But I had to watch my own country being destroyed by nationalists and fascists. The people who destroyed my country are the kind of people like Ahmadinejad and Khamenei, like George Bush and Dick Cheney, like Pinochet; and all others who ruthlessly cling to power and want to kill progress. It is my hope that you succeed in your fight for a better Iran. My thoughts are with you; you have given inspiration to people all around the world who want change, freedom and equality. Stay strong and continue your fight.
I support your fight.
Gena Santos, Canada
People have the right to choose their leaders. Religious books can't govern modern progressive societies aiming to be liberated, equal and prosperous. Power to the people!!!
Hold tight and keep up the fight!
People of the World
Unite against fascism. Unite against racism. Unite against sexism.
Fight for the equality of your people. Fight for equality of all humans.
Show the World that Women, Daughters, Girls of all ages are PEOPLE, are HUMANS have RIGHTS.
No Religion, No Belief, NO GOD has the right to take that away!
Regarding your present situation in Iran, like everything else connected to the present day governments, the truth is always hidden from the ordinary people on the pretext that it is for your own good--(i.e. they the government knows what is best,) of course, we in the west have a different outlook on life. some(many) of our believes are not what I personally think is correct, but at least up to now we have been allowed to express our opinions. Our worlds (which will always be different due to generations of our own cultures) may vary, on a great many things, but truth and democracy and obviously common sense, should always be the final goal--we have the same problems with our own government, they allow us to express our opinions, but only if it is something that does not threaten their loss of power, they love to be in charge, they love to raise the clenched fist - here in the UK, I can see serious violent disturbances, arising in the not too distant future, all we can do is wish you the best in your own personal struggle, we are watching you from around the world, look at your present leader in the face-look at his eyes, then step back and look into the eyes of past evil leaders, I have been to unstable countries, and I know, all the leaders want you to do is fight their own personal battles for them, on the pretext of glory for all, --rubbish-- they will continue to accumulate wealth beyond belief, whilst you and your family continue to suffer, their children won’t be sent to the front line to fight, only to save havens, then they are given medals for absolutely nothing at all-- now is your finest hour, if you let it pass by, then you will have lost it for good. chin up-and look the enemy in the eye.
Councillor Eddy Edwards--UK
To all workers and students in the streets of Iran:
Never give up, never give in... The whole world is watching,
For human/workers/women’s' rights,
I stand in solidarity with you,
Roar like mighty lions!
Mark Nevin - Lancaster PA - USA
To Maryam and the men and women of Iran,
My heart is with you in your struggle for freedom. I was in Iran in 1985 and found much love in the hearts of your people and saw much oppression in the actions of your leaders then.
Now I hope the tide has turned. Although the changes you face will demand much sacrifice and struggle you will overcome. Nothing is stronger than a free human spirit and injustice always carries with it the seeds of its own destruction.
Be strong and take care, you are not alone in the world.
On behalf of English rock band "The Legendary Hearts' I would like to send a massage of hope to the people of Iran.
You must fight for your freedom and never be afraid!!! Keep fighting, then fight some more!!! You WILL win!!!
I am not a communist and I do not believe communism is the answer for Iran or any country. However, I agree with pretty much everything that you wrote.
I have good friends in Iran and I want to wish you all the best in your fight for democracy and freedom. I will do what I can to promote freedom in your land by putting pressure on our own leaders in the best way I am able.
It is clear that the Islamic leadership is interested only in preaching hyperbole and in exercising power over people’s minds. If they cared for truth then they would allow people to choose freely the way they live their lives.
Iran is a beautiful land. I wish you a peace that is greater than silence, a peace which esteems justice and freedom of speech and which embraces everybody, not only the privileged few.
Peace and strength to those who are fighting for freedom and equality.
David Fee, Scotland
To the People of Iran, our Solidarity with his revolutionary movement and Go Out a medieval regime based on brutality, shackling the Freedom.
Freedom & Love
POETS OF THE WORLD
POETRY REPUBLICAN CIRCLE
I am wishing you the best.
Sarah and family (London, England)
I hope that the people of Iran succeed in gaining their liberty, and become free to shape their own lives according to their individual beliefs within a peaceful, democratic society.
This was the day we were all waiting for and I hope the stolen revolution of 1979 is taken back from the reactionary forces of the regime of Mullahs. Victory to all workers, socialists and progressive people of Iran!
PS-(And, shame on all fake 'socialists' and 'left-wingers' who were either keeping quiet or supporting the Islamists thinking it was an anti-capitalist (!) movement..)
Our organisation wishes to record our support for the People of Iran in their struggle against Dictatorship and Medievalism as well as Western Imperialism
Gordon P. Clarkson
Resistance ' 95
I am with you 100% and thank you for all your efforts. I have been watching with glee and tears of both rage and pride in my eyes as the Iranian people challenge their oppressors, and I can only hope that they have the guts to persist in the face of the hard fist of the Revolutionary Guard that is about to come down on them. To quietly walk away under threat of violence would be the worst possible outcome. How many women have quietly walked away from protesting their abusers because they feared more violence? It is better to die free than to live as a slave. Let there be no mistake: if they persist in challenging the Iranian government, more blood will be spilled. But no meaningful revolution is bloodless. If I could, I'd be right there on the streets with the Iranians risking my own life, because this struggle is not about just Iran, or just women, or just Islam; it is a struggle for the freedom of all humanity, and my brothers and sisters in Iran are at the forefront of a decisive battle in the history of our world. It is a long battle, but a new chapter has begun. And we will win.
But there are two things I must say:
One, the "Worker-communist" Party is an unfortunate name for your party. No one in the western world likes the word "communist", especially in the USA. It is misunderstood and maligned at every turn. It will be difficult for you to draw support from many people just because of the name. I personally have a much more educated idea of what the name means, but that is not common here. I think a simple name change, though not really that simple, might serve you better in the future.
Two, this fight is about theocracy as much as anything. The problem that finds its expression in sham elections and the abuse of women is at its root a problem of Islam. As long as the Iranians and all other liberal Muslims refuse to recognize that Islam itself, and all religion, is a carefully constructed lie used to oppress them from within as well as without, they will be forever lorded over and oppressed by cowards, liars, and fools such as the Ayatollah. Until they can wean themselves away from their addiction to religion, and until his head is on a pike, nothing will really change. People can genuflect in the streets all they want, but in the end the hard, cold reality of a world without Allah must be faced up to if there is any hope of actual freedom. Muslims must free themselves inside before they can demand freedom from the outside world. Finally, I'll say this, and feel free to quote me, "Put down the Quran and pick up the sword, for only one will free you."
But I don't know everything; those are just my opinions. You can take them or leave them according to utility.
To those who treasure freedom.
I give my whole hearted support to all those who fight for freedom from suppressive regimes. In this 21st century all women should be free to express themselves in complete freedom: no one person owns another and those who suppress women by refusing them choice need to be banished from civil society. As an atheist I have no time for religion, not just because I do not believe in a God, but based on the history of the intolerance shown by the many who do claim to believe. In it's long history instead of bonding mankind together, it has in fact divided due to differing attitudes as to what various factions think is the way to worship. The worst and most unforgivable aspect of this differing approach has been the persecution, torture and murder in the most barbaric ways. Religion was born out of a culture of cruelty and didn't take long to descend into that same cruelty made worse by the sheer hypocrisy of their claim to love they neighbour as thyself-What a joke, if it wasn't so serious!. Rid the World of suppressive, sadistic humbugs!!
Our thoughts are with you all the way!
May you clean your lands of the terror of Muhammad forever!
Thank you, friends, for your words and your actions!
We are doing what we can in Germany to support the people in Iran.
With best regards,
STOP THE BOMB