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We Stand by the Workers Until the End
by Parvin Malek
There is not much time left until International Labor Day, May 1. For weeks, security forces have been working to intensify the climate of intimidation against labor activists, teachers, and students with a clear plan to prevent rallies and protests by defenders of workers’ rights on International Workers’ Day.
About 70 union activists have been arrested in the last ten days, especially in rallies held by teachers. The scope of threats and detentions is well-known throughout the country. From Tehran to Ahvaz, from Mashhad to Kurdistan, from Kohkiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad to Azerbaijan and Shiraz, and in nearly every major city, a single plan has been implemented by the security forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is to resort to increasing threats against labor activists and independent union leaders.
The Islamic Republic of Iran cannot meet the demands of workers, teachers, and retirees. Any labor activist who plays an influential role in demanding the legal rights of their class will be sent to prison by the repressive forces of the regime. These forces serve the mafia of power, consisting of oligarchs, the military and security chiefs, and powerful ayatollahs. At the cost of the poverty and misery of tens of millions of Iranians, those in power positions are increasingly plundering the country’s resources, destroying the environment, spreading poverty, drug addiction, and social crime, with the sole intention of boosting their wealth by the force of the bayonet.
By signing this petition, we demand the unconditional release of all activists, workers, teachers, retirees, and students detained in the Islamic Republic prisons for protesting against the status quo and demanding social justice and freedom. We call on Iranians to actively participate in the May Day rallies organized by independent labor organizations and activists inside and outside Iran and voice the demands of workers, teachers, retirees, and students.