Carta abierta al presidente Chávez de los activistas obreros y estudiantiles iraníes

Sr. Hugo Chávez Frías
Presidente de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela

Estimado presidente:

Hemos escuchado las noticias de la liberación de dos rehenes de las FARC con renovada esperanza por el futuro de Colombia. La liberación de Clara Rojas y Consuelo González no sólo es un acontecimiento feliz para sus familias sino también un acontecimiento con gran potencial para la sociedad colombiana. Incluso las agencias de noticias más derechistas del mundo reconocen el papel crucial de Vuestra Excelencia en la negociación para la liberación de estas dos rehenes. El proceso de negociación que usted ha realizado ha sido difícil, ha requerido una paciencia poco común por parte de Vuestra Excelencia. Sinceramente esperamos que muchas más personas puedan reunirse con sus amigos y familiares a través de su positiva intervención para superar el abismo de comunicación que existe entre las FARC y el gobierno Uribe.

Vuestra Excelencia, creemos que su negociación y cualidades de persuasión puede ser utilizadas además para la liberación de rehenes en otras partes del mundo. EN particular, ya que ha desarrollado muy estrechas relaciones con sucesivos presidentes iraníes, esperamos que pueda utilizar su influencia para ayudar a liberar a los genuinos sindicalistas, demócratas y socialistas que hoy están encerrados en Irán. Hoy hay muchos trabajadores, estudiantes, mujeres y periodistas en las prisiones de Irán. En diciembre de 2007 unos 40 estudiantes fueron detenidos por exigir libertad y cantar La Internacional. Más de treinta de ellos aún están en prisión, con rumores de que Saeed Habibi se puede haber suicidado. Las cárceles iraníes están llenas de activistas obreros que han intentado formar sindicatos y organizar a los trabajadores en su lucha para mejorar sus salarios y condiciones de vida. Mahmood Salehi y Mansour Osanloo son dos de estos organizadores. Salehi, que sólo tiene un riñón, está en un estado crítico. Onsaloo es al dirigente del sindicato de la empresa de autobuses de Vahed. Intentó relanzar el sindicato y subir los bajos salarios de los trabajadores. Fue golpeado por los vigilantes relacionados con el régimen y encarcelado.

Vuestra Excelencia, creemos que vuestras estrechas relaciones con los líderes de la República Islámica, junto con vuestras indudables dotes de persuasión, pueden ayudar a la liberación de estos prisioneros. No son criminales: son personas que simplemente protestaban para conseguir mejores derechos para los trabajadores, estudiantes, mujeres, periodistas y otros sectores de la sociedad. Estamos seguros de que vuestra intervención en este aspecto, con un gobierno que mucho más amigable con Venezuela que la Colombia de Uribe, puede conseguir resultados positivos.

Suyos, respetuosamente.

Red de Solidaridad con los Trabajadores Iraníes (Iranian Workers’ Solidarity Network)
Comité de Acción de los Trabajadores (Workers’ Action Committee Iran)
Militaant, periódico de la juventud socialista revolucionaria de Irán
13 de enero de 2008

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Open letter to President Chavez from Iranian labour and student activists

Mr Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias,

President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Dear Mr President:

We hear the news of the release of two of the FARC’s hostages with renewed hope for the future of Colombia. The release of Clara Rojas and Consuela Gonzalez is not only a joyous event for their families but a development with great potentials for Colombian society.

Even the most right-wing news agencies in the world acknowledge Your Excellency’s crucial role in negotiating the release of these two captives. The negotiation process that you have gone through has been a difficult one – requiring uncommon patience on Your Excellency’s part. We sincerely hope that many more people will be reunited with their families and friends through your positive intervention in bridging the communication gap between the FARC and the Uribe government.

Your Excellency, we believe that your negotiation and persuasion skills can be put to further use in the release of captives in other parts of the globe. In particular, as you have developed very close relations with successive Iranian presidents, we hope that you can use your influence to help free the genuine trade unionists, democrats and socialists locked up in Iran.

Today there are many workers, students, women and journalists in Iran’s prisons. In December 2007 around 40 students were arrested for demanding freedom, liberty and singing the Internationale. Over thirty of them are still in prison – with rumours that Saeed Habibi may have committed suicide. Iran’s jails are also full of labour activists who have tried to set up trade unions and organise workers in their struggles to improve their pay and conditions. Mahmood Salehi and Mansour Osanloo are two such organisers. Salehi, who has just one kidney, is in a critical state. He was arrested in 2004 because he tried to organise a May Day rally. Osanloo is the leader of the Vahed Bus Company trade union. He tried to re-launch the trade union and raise the workers’ low wages. He was beaten up by vigilantes connected to the regime and imprisoned.

Your Excellency, we believe that your close relations with the Islamic Republic’s leaders, together with your undoubted persuasion skills, can help free these prisoners. These are not criminals: they are people who merely protested for better rights for workers, students, women, journalists and other sections of society. We are sure that your intervention in this regard, with a government that is much friendlier to Venezuela than Uribe’s Colombia, can bring about a positive outcome.

Yours respectfully,

Iranian Workers’ Solidarity Network
Workers’ Action Committee (Iran)
Militaant, journal of revolutionary socialist youth in Iran.

January 13, 2008

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Cientos de estudiantes y activistas de izquierda conmemoran el Día del Estudiante en Teherán

Apesar de la gran presencia de las fuerzas de seguridad del régimen iraní en la Universidad de Teherán, los estudiantes han celebrado el Día del Estudiante tal y como lo tenían planeado. Unos 500 estudiantes y activistas de izquierda participaron en este acontecimiento, unos 26 fueron detenidos.

El régimen iraní ha adoptado medidas que incluye el asalto a la casa de un activista estudiantil de izquierda dos días antes de la protesta (¡), en un intento vano de amedrentar a los estudiantes y minar la moral de los activistas de izquierda, no querían que se celebrara este Día del Estudiante. La correlación de fuerzas en la sociedad está cambiando. Los elementos progresistas, la izquierda, y las masas que odian el régimen, cada vez son más audaces y la base del régimen está cada vez más desmoralizada. Este día será también recordado en la larga lucha de los estudiantes iraníes contra la dictadura y por la defensa de la justicia social.

El régimen pensaba que arrestando a ocho de los organizadores antes del acto podría atemorizar, confundir y acobardar a los demás. Las detenciones, sin embargo, lo que provocaron fue intensificar el enfrentamiento. Los estudiantes y activistas de izquierda de varias universidades como Shiraz, Tabriz, Mashhad y demás, se unirán a estas protestas si no se libera inmediatamente a los compañeros detenidos. Dicen que celebrarán una manifestación frente a la puerta principal de la Universidad de Teherán.

La protesta comenzó el 4 de diciembre y las fuerzas de seguridad rodearon por sorpresa a cientos de estudiantes que estaban allí desafiando las amenazas y el acoso. A pesar de los estrictos controles de seguridad y el clima de intimidación, se instaló una “tribuna abierta” donde cualquier orador podía dirigirse a la multitud. Al menos dos miembros de la organización estudiantil “Izquierda Radical” hablaron en este escenario y se leyó un manifiesto. Sin embargo, la mayoría de los compañeros de la corriente “Izquierda de los Trabajadores” fueron detenidos antes de que pudieran leer su manifiesto.

Las fuerzas de seguridad temen que los estudiantes contacten con la población. Utilizaron autobuses de la empresa Vahed para formar una barrera entre la universidad y el resto de la ciudad. Aunque hubo enfrentamientos con las fuerzas de seguridad hoy continuará el acto, como dijo un estudiante: “¡Hoy la universidad es roja!” Incluso después de las detenciones los activistas seguían decididos a continuar con el programa hasta el final.

La manifestación de hoy demuestra claramente que las tradiciones revolucionarias y radicales del movimiento estudiantil iraní, que se remontan a diciembre de 1953, siguen vigentes y gozan de buena salud. La multitud coreaba consignas denunciando las detenciones y el clima de intimidación. Finalmente los actos terminaron con el canto de La Internacional.

Por ahora hay 26 activistas detenidos. Sus nombres son: Anousheh Azadfar, Mehdi Gerayloo, Alnaz Jamshidi, Ehsan Azadfar, Nader Ahsani, Saeed Habibi, Behrooz Karimizadeh, Keyvan Amiri Elyas, Hossein Babaii, Karim Asayesh, Roozbeh Faghihi, Babak Pashajavid, Mohsen Ghamin, Babak Pasha Javid y Mahsa Mohebi.

CAMPAÑA INTERNACIONAL DE SOLIDARIDAD

POR LA LIBERACIÓN DE LOS ESTUDIANTES DE IZQUIERDA DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE TEHERÁN, DETENIDOS POR LA POLICÍA

Apoyá a los estudiantes y activistas de izquierda detenidos enviando mensajes de protesta.
Visitá la página de Militaant, el periódico de la juventud socialista revolucionaria de Irán.

Modelo de resolución en inglés.

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Release our comrades

A statement from the Freedom and Equality Seeking Students’ group

Press Release No: 1, Freedom and Equality Seeking Student

As you are aware, thirty of our comrades are currently being held in ward 209 of Avin prison in Tehran, subjected to torture and the worst physical and mental conditions. The magnificent Students Day rallies in Tehran, Mazendaran, Kermanshah, Tabriz and Hamadan were manifestation of our determination to raise the banner of freedom and equality in our society. The oppressive Islamic regime tried, in vain, to prevent the student day rallies. It has suffered a humiliating defeat. We congratulate all our fellow students.

Comrades! Our call for the release of all detained students, in universities up and down the country, must break the current deadly silence. This calls for united actions of all of us for the immediate release of our detained comrades. Spread the news of the arrest of the students and let the entire population know that their students are being imprisoned for calling for freedom and equality. The shameful silence of all the so-called “impartial” and “pro-democracy” media outlets has made our task of informing the public ever so crucial. This shameful silence is tantamount to collaboration with oppressors. Such attempts to spread lies and deception have long being at the service of profiteers and capitalists.

Comrades! The families of the arrested students have pinned their hopes on us. We have shown that we never give up on our demands. Knowing the brutality of the authorities in the jails we fear for the well being of our comrades. Our struggle will continue until the release of all political students.

Workers of Iran!

The freedom and equality seeking students all over Iran have been your class allies and have stood by you through all your just demands and struggles. Our prominent slogan- “Students Movement Ally of Workers Movement”- is a clear indication of our belief that the students have realised that our attempts to create a free and equal society are through collaboration with the workers. Your support at this juncture is a big step towards forging unity,

People of the world!

Students in Iran, by raising the slogan of “No to War” and “No to Despotism”, are confronting Imperialists war mongering and fundamentalism. International solidarity is a valuable means to break down the ranks of reaction and war mongering and blow away the spectre of war and insecurity over the lives of people of Iran.

Freedom and Equality Seeking Students

December 7, 2007

1- Mehdi Gerailoo – University of Tehran
2- Nader Ahsani – Ex-student of the University of Mazandaran
3- Anoosheh Azadbar – University of Tehran
4- Elnaz Jamshidi – University of Azad Tehran-south
5- Behrooz Karimizadeh – Expelled student of the University of Tehran
6- Saeed Habibi – Ex-student of the Sharif University of Technology
7- Ali Salem – University of Polytechnic
8- Yoones Mirhosseini – Bahonar University, Shiraz
9- Milad Omrani – University of Rajayi
10- Abed Tavancheh – Expelled student of the University of Polytechnic
11- Sadra Pirhayati – Shahed University
12- Roozbeh Safshekan – University of Tehran
13- Saeed Aghamali – Art University of Yazd
14- Roozbehan Amiri – University of Tehran
15- Nasim Soltanbeigi – University of Allameh
16- Mahsa Mohebbi – Sharif University of Technology
17- Keyvan Amiri – Sharif University of Technology
18- Hadi Salari – University of Rajayi
19- Amir Aghayi – University of Rajayi
20- Farshid Farhadi Ahangaran – University of Rajayi
21- Saeed Aghakhani
22- Okhtay Hosseini – University of Azad
23- Soroosh Hashempoor – University of Chamran , Ahvaz
24- Mohsen Ghamin – University of Polytechnic
25- Hamed Mohammadi – University of Mazandaran arrested a week ago
26- Arash Pakzad – University of Mazandaran
27- Milad Moeeni – University of Mazandaran
28- Hassan Maarefi – University of Mazandaran
29- Behrang Zandi – University of Mazandaran

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Photos of the Students’ Day rally at Tehran University

The University is not a barracks!

The University is not a barracks!

Some of the students' placards.

Some of the students’ placards.

Female students marching.

Female students marching.

Source: http://www.photoblog.com/zohrepix

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Students threatened with arrest if they go near Tehran University!

On the afternoon of Monday 3 December the Iranian regime’s Information Ministry contacted a number of left-wing students and told them that they should report to the Ministry the next day. If they did not present themselves at the Ministry at 10am, or went anywhere near Tehran University, they would be arrested. The students contacted in this way include Ruzbeh Kalantari, Morteza Eslahchi, Habib Khosravi and Parisa Nasrabadi.

A number of students had to comply grudgingly with this ‘request’ of the Information Ministry and not take part in the successful Students’ Day rally at Tehran University on 4 December.

So far as we know Ruzbeh Kalantari and Parisa Nasrabadi have not yet been arrested.

Support the arrested students and left-wing activists by sending a protest email based on the model letter.

Report by Militaant, journal of revolutionary socialist youth in Iran.

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Five hundred students and left-wing activists commemorate Students’ Day at Tehran University

Despite the heavy presence of the Iranian regime’s security forces at Tehran University today’s Students’ Day commemoration went ahead as planned. Around 500 students and left-wing activists took part in the event – with just 26 being arrested.

The Iranian regime had taken several desperate measures, including attacking the home of a left-wing student activist two days before the protest(!), in the vain attempt to dampen the students’ and left-wing activists’ morale and to prevent the 16 Azar Students’ Day commemoration from taking place. Yet the changing balance of forces in society – where the progressive, left-wing and anti-regime masses are becoming bolder and the regime’s own base is becoming more demoralised – have meant that another memorable day has been recorded in the long history of Iranian students’ struggle against dictatorship and for social justice.

The regime had thought that by arresting over eight of the organisers before the commemoration rally they would frighten, confuse and cower its remaining ranks. The arrests, however, led to an escalation of this confrontation. Left-wing students and activists from several universities issued a warning to the regime that “all universities from Tehran University to the universities in Shiraz, Tabriz, Mashhad and so on, will be turned into a stage for united protests” if their comrades were not released immediately. They said that they would gather all their forces at the main gate of Tehran University.

The protest started at the appointed time today, 4 December 2007, and the security forces were taken by surprise at how hundreds of students had turned up despite all their threats and harassment. Despite the strict security controls and the climate of intimidation an ‘open tribune’, where any speaker can address the crowd, was created. At least two members of the Radical Left students spoke and their manifesto was read out. However, most of the comrades of the Workers’ Left tendency were arrested before they could read out their manifesto.

Fearful of students’ contact with the general public, the security forces used buses from the Vahed Company to create a barrier between the University and surrounding area, almost obscuring the main gate of the University. Although some clashes with the security forces continued during the meeting an eyewitness said: “The University was red today!”. Even after today’s arrests the activists were determined to continue the agreed programme until the end.
Today’s demonstration clearly shows that the radical and revolutionary traditions of the Iranian students’ movement going back to December 1953 are alive and in good health. The crowd chanted many slogans denouncing the recent arrests and the climate of intimidation and the programme came to an end with a rendition of the Internationale.

In all at least 26 activists have been arrested. They include: Anousheh Azadfar, Mehdi Gerayloo, Alnaz Jamshidi, Ehsan Azadfar, Nader Ahsani, Saeed Habibi, Behrooz Karimizadeh, Keyvan Amiri Elyas, Hossein Babaii, Karim Asayesh, Roozbeh Faghihi, Babak Pashajavid, Mohsen Ghamin, Babak Pasha Javid and Mahsa Mohebi.

Support the arrested students and left-wing activists by sending a protest email based on the model letter.

Report by Militaant, journal of revolutionary socialist youth in Iran.

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