Iran, May Day 2009

Demand the release of May Day detainees!

On May Day, workers and their families who had gathered at Tehran’s Laleh Park, following a call by the May Day Organising Committee (made up of Iran’s independent labour organisations), to voice their demands and to commemorate this day, were attacked by the police and security forces and plain clothes officers. A number of people who were in the park were also attacked. Using various brutal means and instruments, the security forces seriously injured a large number of people and arrested and put in jail over 150. Of these, around 100 are still in prison.

These people had not committed any crime to be attacked and detained in such an inhuman way. Today they are in jail, in appalling conditions, for [commemorating May Day] together with billions of workers around the world; for voicing the demands of millions of people in Iran who are humiliated everyday, not paid for months and suppressed for setting up independent organisations; for raising their voice of protest. Their families have been contacting the courts and other judicial authorities every day to seek their release, but are being met by abuse and conflicting responses.

We millions of working people who yearn for equality have a responsibility towards the imprisoned workers and their families and must not leave them alone. By declaring this campaign, we call on all labour and human rights organisations in Iran and internationally to condemn the arrest of these loved ones and to call for their unconditional release. We call on them to do all within their power and to use all possible means to support these workers and their families and insist on their demands as set out in their May Day Resolution.

Long live the class solidarity of workers of the world!

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Statement issued by:

Union of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Company
Union of Workers of Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Workers
Free Union of Iranian Workers
Committee for the Re-opening of the Union of Building Painting and Decoration Workers
Co-operating Council of Workers’ Organisations and Activists, comprised of:
- Follow-up Committee to Form Free Workers’ Organisations
- Co-ordinating Committee to Aid Formation of Workers’ Organisations
- A Group of Worker Activists
- Women’s Council
- Association for Support of Worker Rights

Supported by:

Kermanshah Electricity and Metal Society;
Society to Defend Sacked Workers of Saqez;
Committee to Defend Haft Tape Workers; Workers of Sanandaj Par-Ris Factory;
Sanandaj Shin-Baaft Textile Factory;
Workers of Shahoo Companies;
Kurdistan Textile; Gharb-Baaft [Textile Company];
Sheel Brick;
Pak Ara Milk;
Sama Gunnysack Makers;
Fajr Flour;
Niroo Raksh [Power Company];
Service workers of Sanandaj Tohid Hospital;
A group of Sanandaj retirees;
Workers of West Kermanshah Carpet Company;
Dena Tyre Company; Ghaiee Cement;
A group of workers of Asalouye [Petrochemical Complex];
A group of Iran Khodro [Car Company];
A group of Kian Tyre (Alborz) workers;
Khameneh Textile workers;
Ahvaz Pipe-Making Company

Some of the labour activists who were arrested:

1-Jafar Azimzadeh
2- Gholamreza Khani
3- Mansoor Hayatgheibi
4- Fateme Shah Nazari
5-Alireza Saghafy
6- Mohsen Saghafy
7- Kaveh Mozaffari
8- Amir Yaghoobali
9- Mohammad Faraji
10- Saleh Kiamari
11- Mohammad Ashrafi
12 -Unese Arjang
13- Mehdi Farahi Shandiz
14- Saeid Uzi
15- Maryam Mohseni
16- Homayon Jabari
17- Shapour Ehsani
18- Jelveh Javaheri
19- Taha Vali
20- Pouria Pushtareh
21- Homa Ajdarnia
22- Hamid Khademi
23- Ainolah Basiri
24- Mahmoud Hosseini
25- Omid Shafie
26- Aisan Zarfam
27- Meysam Jafar Nejad
28- Maeilhe Yazdi
29- Masoud Logman
30- Abdoulhassan Shahari
31- Mohammad Lotfi
32- Gholamhossein Razavi
33- Star Sataripour
34- Afsaneh Azimzadeh
35- Seyed Javad Mosavi
36- Yekzad Zangeneh
37- Amirali Yaghoubi
38- Hamid Ghorbani
39- Serous Rahiad
40- Jamal Sied Ali
41- Saeed Sajodi
42- Ali Moadan
43- Najma Ranjbaran
44- Parvaneh Ghasemian
45- Mir Bahari
46- Alireza Firozie