Mohsen Hakimi was freed on Wednesday 18 February. Since his arrest on 22 December 2008 Hakimi has been held in block 209 of Evin Prison, where he was held in solitary confinement and subjected to physical and psychological abuse.

According to the Co-ordination Committee for the Creation of Labour Organisations on Wednesday 18 February 2009 Shiva Kheyrabadi and Susan Razani, two female labour activists, were flogged. The flogging of Ms Kheyrabadi and Ms Razani exposes the Iranian regime and shows the whole world its true colours.

On the 30th anniversary of the Iranian revolution Marxists in Austria organised a public meeting to discuss what really happened in 1979, explaining how what was a genuine workers' revolution was hijacked by the Islamic fundamentalists due to the lack of a genuine revolutionary leadership of the working class.

According to reports from teachers in various towns and cities in Iran most teachers are solidly behind the broad-based strike on 21-23 February. The lack of access to the press and the media in general for publicising the strike has meant that news about the country-wide strike has been passed on using SMS, email, personal weblogs and telephone conversations.

Supporters of the Venezuelan revolution gathered in front of the Venezuelan consulate in Montreal on Sunday 15th of February at 11:00 am, in a demonstration called by Hands Off Venezuela/Société Bolivarienne du Québec. This was a cross-Canada event, as activists from Hands Off Venezuela Toronto, and the Mohawk community also traveled to increase the spirit of solidarity. All were united in solidarity with the revolution and the yes vote in the referendum abolishing term limits.

A meeting was held in the headquarters of the biggest Polish trade-union confederation to discuss the situation in Venezuela. At the end of the meeting a letter of protest against the repression of the Mitsubishi workers was handed to the delegation from Venezuela which included a member of the Venezuelan National Assembly.

The recent arrests of labour and Kurdish activists have once again drawn attention to the fact that the Iranian regime is determined to re-establish the old balance of forces. Iranian Workers' Solidarity Network will be highlighting the cases of Mansour Osanloo, Farzad Kamangar, Mohsen Hakimi and Zeynab Jalaliyan to start a campaign for the release of all political prisoners in Iran.

Zeynab Jalaliyan, a Kurdish female political activist, has been sentenced to death for membership of a Kurdish opposition organisation.  The 27-year-old Ms. Jalaliyan is a lawyer and lives in Maku, in Azerbaijan province (north-western Iran).