During the days of action in solidarity with Iranian workers that are currently going on around the world, activists of the Iranian Workers‘ Solidarity Network and members of Der Funke protested in the city centre of Frankfurt against state repression of the Iranian regime. They informed passers-by with leaflets and other material about the current situation inside Iran.
The Iranian regime uses repression, torture and the death penalty against trade unionists, students and women's rights activists. Using four examples the fate of many other activists, who are fighting for workers' rights, was illustrated: Mansour Osanloo, leader of the Steering Committee of the Trade Union of the Vahed Bus Company of Tehran, Farzad Kamangar, a Kurdish teacher who has been sentenced to death, Zeynab Jalaliyan, a Kurdish female political activist who ha s also been sentenced to death, and Abbas Hakimzadeh, a leading activist of the student movement at the Amir Kabir University. The leaflet was met with great interest and we had many discussions with passers-by.
Earlier in the day activists of the IWSN took part in a symposium of the working group “company & trade unions” of Die Linke where they read out greetings and informed participants about the situation in Iran. The aim was to inform German trade unionists about the anti-worker regime in Iran and to establish contacts between the IWSN and trade unionists in Germany. Only international solidarity can help to support prisoners and persecuted activists. The contacts that have been established now need to be extended. This was only the beginning of the solidarity work with Iranian workers. Only a united working class can overthrow the Iranian regime and build a better future for Iran.