May Day in Rejai Shahr prison

07May14

Shahrokh Zamani in Rejai Shahr, May Day 2014On May Day prisoners in Karaj’s Rejai Shahr prison gathered to celebrate International Workers’ Day. During the ceremony Shahrokh Zamani, who had recently ended his 47-day hunger strike, made a speech that ended with the following paragraph:

“Workers, activists and labour organisations, we must learn the lessons of the history of our struggles and the struggles of the workers of the world. Together with the workers of the world let us turn this year’s May Day into the day of unity, struggle, empathy and camaraderie of all workers’ movements for organising resistance and struggle to destroy temporary contracts, blank-signed contracts and for establishing permanent jobs, imposing wages in line with inflation and decent living wages, imposing the right to strike, the right to form independent organisations and progressive labour legislation.”

Shahrokh then chanted the following slogans:

The workers’ way out is unity and organisation
Long live May Day, the day of International Workers’ Solidarity against the capitalist system
Let us create a workers’ party and general workers’ unions



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