Monday, May 03, 2010


>> International Workers Day in Iran

>> Plitical prisoners staged a hunger strike in solidarity with workers and teachers in Iran

International Workers Day in Iran
According to reports from different sources, at least 48 people have been arrested as a result of protest gatherings and clashes between the regime’s security forces and the workers and youths in front of the Ministry of Labor on May Day in Tehran.
At about 16:00 local time, a man aged between 30 and 35 was arrested at Behboudi Street. He was carrying a placard that read, “Workers: Recognize that a right must be taken; “What is just will survive and what is unjust will vanish.” Anyone carrying a camera or cell phone was brutally suppressed and a number of them were detained. The detainees were then taken inside the Labor Ministry as well as to police stations # 108 and 118. The Iranian regime also used a number of helicopters hovering over central parts of Tehran, including Azadi, Enqelab, and Sattar Khan, to identify gathering locations of protestors.

Plitical prisoners staged a hunger strike in solidarity with workers and teachers in Iran
A group of political prisoners in Evin, Gohardasht and Orumieh prisons have started a hunger strike in solidarity with workers and teachers since Friday, April 30, according to the Social Headquarters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran inside the country. They have announced that they will continue with their strike until the end of the Teachers’ Day on May 2. The report adds that more than 50 students from Azad University of Shahr-e Kord have also gone on hunger strike in solidarity with workers.

In other news dozens of labor activists are currently in jail for their protests against the Iranian regime’s suppressive and anti-labor policies and for their campaign to secure minimum rights of the workers.
Mr. Mansour Osanloo and Ebrahim Madadi, president and vice president of Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company; Ali Nejati, president of Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane factory of Shoush and Jalil Ahmadi, Fereydoun Nikoofar, Qorban Ali Pour and Mohammad Heidari from the same factory; Afshin Shams from Ali-Goudarz factories; Salah Nemati and Mohammad Takab, workers from Sanandaj, are among the activists in jail.