London picket in defence of Shahrokh Zamani, Reza Shahabi and all jailed workers in Iran


london-11feb2015On Wednesday February 11, the 36th anniversary of the 1979 revolution, a group of activists picketed the London embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The protesters included comrades from Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, the Free Shahrokh and Reza campaign, Iranian Workers’ Solidarity Network and Iranian Revolutionary Marxists’ Tendency (IRMT). The group also included members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT).

The banner of ‘Iranian Workers Are Not Alone’ was unfurled outside the embassy and the demonstrators chanted slogans in support of Shahrokh Zamani, Reza Shahabi, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, Mohammad Jarrahi and all jailed workers in Iran. Their placards called for freeing all imprisoned workers, for workers to have the right to organise and to go on strike.

london2-11feb2015A film crew from Turkey’s left-wing Hayat TV were there to prepare a report on the picket for their network. In addition to filming the picket they also interviewed Comrade Maziar Razi. In addition to expressing his support for Shahrokh Zamani, Reza Shahabi and jailed workers in Iran, Maziar Razi, the spokesperson of IRMT, condemned the Iranian regime and criticised the improvement in diplomatic and trade relations between the capitalists of Iran and American imperialism. He said that the imperialist states do not make the slightest mention of the appalling situation of Iranian workers and are busy making deals with the reactionary regime of the Islamic Republic.

maziar-tv-11feb2015When Gemma Short was reading parts of Shahrokh Zamani’s statement a group of monarchist thugs, who had earlier been unsuccessful in disrupting Maziar Razi’s interview, began provocations by trying to impose their flag on the picket and shouting their reactionary slogans and swearing. After their childish ploy was foiled by the unite stand of all activists, they went away knowing that they are a historically spent force.

gemma-11feb2015The activists then tried to hand a petition – signed by nearly 3000 trade unionists and other supporters of Shahrokh, Reza and other imprisoned workers – to the embassy. But the embassy refused to accept it.

Iranian Workers’ Solidarity Network
11 February 2015

For more photos see the Free Shahrokh and Reza campaign blog.

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