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Postby Liberator » Fri Jan 27, 2006 12:11 pm

Tehran Bus Drivers To Protest On Saturday, Stronger with
Support

SMCCDI (Information Service)
January 25, 2006


Tehran's Collective Bus drivers have issued another notice
of strike, in order to protest against their poor
conditions, the lack of the right of having an independent
union and the persistent imprisonment of their colleagues.
The strike is to take place this coming Saturday from early
morning affecting most areas. It will include drivers,
technicians and administrative employees.

Of course, the Islamic republic regime is expected to use
once again of its entire repressive arsenal, in order to
dissuade many drivers to participate, and to use its
militiamen in order to fill the remaining vacuum.

The Greater Tehran has appreciatively 12 millions of
inhabitants and many Tehranis, who are using this cheaper
way of transportation, are supportive of the strikers. The
move is expected to plunge the Iranian Capital into a
relative chaos, as it did during the last two collective
actions.

Users showed, on December 23, 2005, an extreme sign of
patience and their support of the strikers. Many refused to
take the buses which were drove by militiamen and the
domino effect created more complication for the regime, as,
many governmental or industrial employees didn't show up at
their posts or works while being able to justify their
absenteeism.

The same trend was followed on January 7, 2006, when
hundreds of drivers made a symbolic action on a very
symbolic day, resulting in fear among all factions of the
Islamic regime. Hardliners and Islamist 'reformists'.
Partial strikes were made and most drivers put their head
lights, in the middle of the day, for showing their
exasperation. The move coincided with the anniversary the
"Iranian Emancipation Law" adopted by the former Iranian
regime, in 1935, and banned by the Islamic republic in
1979. Of course, this action had fewer echoes as the
so-called "reformist" faction of the regime and most ultra
Marxist groups preferred to pass it under silence. Never
less many Tehranis, especially among females, were seen
considering the bus drivers' move as a hidden support for
the message of modernism, equality and secularism of the
banned law. Many were seen showing the "V" (Victory) sign
(well known in Iran) to each other and to the maverick
drivers.

The upcoming Saturday's move is expected to put more
pressure on the Islamic republic regime, at a time that
it's facing more international pressure. The strike, if
supported by the free world, might lead to the apparition
of a worker movement, such as, the 1980's Solidarnosc
(meaning Solidarity and which was the independent Polish
Shipyards' Workers Union formed in Gdansk and lead by Lech
Walesa) which was able to rally other cities drivers and
various economic sectors behind it and to create the
possibility of radical political changes.

Most National-Secularist groups, such as, the SMCCDI and
the INSP (Iran's National-Secular Party) are supportive of
the strikers and in general of any clean and clear move for
a genuine democratic and secularist change in Iran. The two
movements' members and supporters have been asked to help
the families of the drivers. The expression of this support
and calls on the population to protect the strikers have
been made, at several occasion, on the waves of abroad
based Iranian radio and satellite TV networks broadcasting
for Iran.

The strikers' move and legitimate aspirations are not only
limited to internal Iranian debate and in this line,
several western workers' unions, the International
Brotherhood of Teamsters, and influent politicians, such
as, the U.S. Senator Rick Santorum have already declared
their support of the "Tehran Collective Bus drivers".

In a letter dated, January 6, 2006, Santorum requested from
the U.S. Secretary of State to intervene on behalf of the
arrested Tehran's Bus drivers and the repressed Iranian
People.
Slamming the Islamic regime for the persistent human rights
abuses and the brutal attack of the strikers, the
Pennsylvanian Senator stated in part of his letter: "I ask
that you and other senior leaders of the US Government make
a concerted effort to reach out to groups of individuals,
such as unions and students, to let them know the People of
America stand with them in their fight for greater freedoms
and liberties".

Without doubt, the continuation of such public declarations
and a real financial support for the strikers can plunge
the Islamic regime into an abyss from which it can not
escape. The result would no more lead to just obtaining
some greater freedoms or liberties, but to a total
liberation of Iran due to a secular and democratic
revolution without any need to any kind of military
intervention. The trend has become so noticeable, as
especially the absolute majority of Iranians have well
taken their distances from the regime's "reformists from
within" and some of their docile so-called student
associations, such as, the "Office of Consolidation Unity"
(OCU).

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Postby Liberator » Fri Jan 27, 2006 12:12 pm

Hamihanan:

I just heard a recording made by an Iranian who had called Tehran to inform of the strike tomorrow (Anjomane Padeshahi Iran-TV). Our compatriot in Tehran had no information of the strike tomorrow.

Please by all means possible to you try to make our compatriots inside aware of this and spread the word on all the political boards on the internet.


TOMORROW (SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2006) IRANIAN WORKERS WILL STRIKE FOR THEIR RIGHT PLEASE JOIN THEM! DO NOT LEAVE YOUR COMPATRIOT ALONE IN TIMES OF NEED! DO NOT LET YOUR COUNTRY AND COUNTRYMEN/WOMEN DOWN!



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Postby Liberator » Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:32 pm

ATTENTION!

HAMIHANAN:


Listen to one of your countrymen pleading for your help on Saturday 28th January, 2006!

http://www.rferl.org/listen/ondemand/
Text:
http://www.radiofarda.com/iran_article/2006/1/66ef59cd-1939-4632-8799-449caef2f0a7.html


Iranian Workers are going to risk their lives tomorrow protesting for their lives. Will you leave your countrymen alone at a time they desperately need you!? The workers have announced they will not stand down and will fight for their rights to the last drop of blood.

Tomorrow, you should ask yourself whether you are an Iranian. Ask yourself if you love your country. If you answer positively to these two questions you should be standing next to your brothers and sisters who will be protesting in Tehran.

God Bless You All.

PAYANDEH IRAN VA IRANI!





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Postby Liberator » Tue Jan 31, 2006 8:49 am

International organizations are terminating agreements with the Islamic Republic, the human rights situation is at an all time low, workers have not received their salaries for months, political prisoners are languishing in the Islamic Republic's jails!

NOW IS THE TIME FOR THE IRANIAN NATION TO RISE!

SUPPORT THE IRANIAN BUS WORKERS IN TEHRAN!



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Tehran Bus Drivers To Stay Home on Friday

SMCCDI (Information Service)
January 30, 2006

Hundreds of "Tehran's Collective Bus Company" (TCBC)
drivers, technicians and workers will stay home, this
upcoming Friday, in order to protest against the brutal
repression of their peaceful actions and the mistreatment
of their colleagues and family members.

Hundreds of TCBC employees were arrested and tens,
including wives and children, were wounded following last
Saturday's strike, by brutal Islamist militiamen and
Islamic regime's plain clothes' agents.
Most of the arrested are kept in section 240 of the
infamous Evin political jail and several of them have been
put in solitary confinement in order to make false
confessions on links with foreign intelligence.

The Greater Tehran has approximately around 12 millions of
inhabitants and many are supportive of the strikers. Most
workers and governmental employees, such as teachers, are
openly supporting the bus drivers and tracts are widely
distributed in order to condemn the regime.

The repression of the TCBC strikers, who are from the poor
layers of the society, has boosted the already advanced
process of decomposition of Ahmadinejad's administration's
image, just as, the repression of the Students' Uprising of
July 1999 did with Khatami's administration. Ahmadinejad
was declared to be a defender of the poor against the rich
Islamist oligarchs who are affiliated to Rafsanjani and
Khatami administrations. He was supposed to re-establish
'justice' and to make all Iranians benefit of the country's
revenues.

In reality, more and more Iranians are understanding that
the problem is not about men but of the totality of an
ideological and theocratic political structure without any
ability of reform or accountability.

The movement of the Tehran's Collective Bus Company's
drivers, if extended due to a free world's support, might
lead to the apparition of a worker movement, such as, the
1980's Solidarnosc (Solidarity) which was able to rally
various economic sectors behind it and to create the
possibility of radical political changes in Poland.
Solidarnosc was the independent Polish Shipyards' Workers'
Union formed in Gdansk, lead by Lech Walesa, and which was
in opposition to the Militaro-Communist rule of General
Jaruzelski backed by the defunct USSR.

Most Iranian National-Secularist groups, such as, the
SMCCDI and the INSP (Iran's National-Secular Party) are
supportive of the TCBC strikers and in general of any clean
and clear move for a genuine democratic and secularist
change in Iran. The two movements' members and supporters
have been asked to help the families of the TCBC employees.
The expression of such support and calls on the population
to protect the strikers have been made, at several
occasion, on the waves of abroad based Iranian radio and
satellite TV networks broadcasting for Iran.

The TCBC strikers' move and legitimate aspirations are not
only limited to internal Iranian debate and in this line,
several western workers' unions, the International
Brotherhood of Teamsters, and influent politicians, such
as, the U.S. Senator Rick Santorum have already declared
their support.

Without doubt, the continuation of such public supports and
a real financial support for the TCBC strikers can plunge
the Islamic regime into an abyss from which it can not
escape. The result would no more lead to just obtaining
some controlled 'greater freedoms or liberties' in the
frame of the current theorcratic regime, but to a total
liberation of Iran due to a secular and democratic
revolution without any need to any kind of military
intervention.
The trend has become more noticeable, as especially the
absolute majority of Iranians have well taken their
distances from the regime's "reformists from within" and
some of their docile so-called student associations, such
as, the "Office of Consolidation Unity" (OCU).

Many Iranians are looking for President's George W. Bush
State of Union's speech, of tomorrow evening, in order to
hear his comments on Iran and the quest of Iranians for
genuine freedom. SMCCDI and INSP believe that George W.
Bush can surely play an important role, just as; the late
President Ronald Reagan did in supporting openly the Polish
people's aspiration for a total change of the society and
Solidarnosc's movement.

http://daneshjoo.org/publishers/smccdinews/article_4500.shtml

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Postby Liberator » Fri Feb 10, 2006 6:29 am

KRSI:

Iranians in Belgium are demonstrating against the terrorist Islamic Republic and demanding the release of all political prisoners as well as the hundreds of Iranian workers arrested by the Islamic Republic in the last few weeks.

Demonstrations are scheduled to take place today and tomorrow amongst other cities in Washington D.C. (USA) and Koln (Germany).


More info:
http://www.iranunited.com/forums/showthread.php?t=337



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Postby Liberator » Fri Feb 10, 2006 2:17 pm

February 15: Day of Action for Imprisoned Iranian Bus Drivers

The AFL-CIO, the Solidarity Center, and the DC Metro Labor Council will join with other labor and human rights organizations around the world in a solidarity demonstration with striking bus drivers in Iran on February 15th, International Day of Action on Iran.



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When: February 15, 2006 at 12pm

Where: Iranian Interest Section 2209 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, DC

More information: Cathy Feingold 202-778-4507 or
cfeingol@solidaritycenter.org



On January 28, 2006, the Syndicate of Workers of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (Sherkat-e Vahed), called a strike to protest the detention of union President Mansoor Osanloo and to demand that the government recognize their right to a union and to a collective bargaining agreement. In response, the government and public transportation company dispatched thousands of security and armed forces using tear gas, batons and threats to shoot the strikers. Hundreds have been arrested at their homes, including some spouses and children.



Managers at the Tehran Bus Company allegedly helped police identify hundreds of union sympathizers and on the eve of the called strike, police raided the homes of union leaders and activists, arresting workers, wives, and children. The two-year-old daughter of a union member bruised and cut her face when she was thrown into a patrol van. The next morning, as strikers arrived at the picket line, police rounded them up, using tear gas and batons and threatening to shoot the strikers. As many as 30 were hospitalized.



In response, the International labor and human rights communities have mounted a campaign for the release of the imprisoned workers and recognition of their union and their demands and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) has designated Wednesday, February 15, 2006 as the International Day of Action on Iran.



“The right to be a member of a trade union and the right to organize an independent labor organization are fundamental worker rights, protected under the relevant Conventions of the International Labor Organization,â€
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