Last year a powerful movement erupted in
Iran that shook the hated
Islamic fundamentalist regime to its very foundations. All the
conditions were present for a successful revolutionary overthrow of the
regime. What was lacking, however, was the active participation of the
working class as an organised force and, most importantly, a conscious,
revolutionary leadership of the movement.
In the middle of the night of the 31st of May, 64 km off the coast,
Israeli commandos rappelled down from helicopters onto the 6 ship
flotilla. Activists say they boarded the ships firing. The Israeli
government decided to use deadly force to maintain their blockade of
the Gaza strip, provoking waves of protest. These events have exposed
the policy of Israeli imperialism to the masses everywhere: Gaza is a
ghetto, kept in starvation conditions, and no one may interfere. This
will have effects across the world, even in Israel itself.
The international police organisation INTERPOL has posted wanted alerts on a number of Iranian political dissidents. This revelation follows in the wake of the December 26-27th protests in Iran which drew millions onto the streets nationwide. Clashes with police led to military units being ordered to fire on demonstrators, an order which is alleged to have been disobeyed.
The reign of terror unleashed by the
Iranian government against the demonstrations in the aftermath of the
rigged elections did succeed in keeping people off the streets the last
11 days. But last Thursday this combustible material ignited once again, as
thousands once more took to the streets in a collective show of
number of IWSN activists took part in the picket called initially by
the ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation), EI (Education
International), ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation), IUF
(International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant,
Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations), four global union
organisations representing over 170 million workers, is part of an
ongoing campaign that will eventually help Iranian workers win their
full trade union and human rights.