Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mass arrest of Iran trade unionists

IRANIAN authorities have launched another clampdown against the workers' movement, with the arrest yesterday of Mahmoud Salehi (above) and other activists. A statement we have received says:

On Friday 15th June at noon, 60 members of the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations and a number of labour activists were arrested by agents of Karaj city.

According to the latest news, Mitra Homayooni, Vafa Ghaderi, Reyhaneh Ansari, Khaled Hosseini, Mahmoud Salehi, Saeed Moghaddam, Cyrus Fathi, Ghaleb Hosseini, Mohammad Abdipour, Jalal Hosseini, Alireza Asgari, Masoud Salimpour, Abbas Andriyany, Sediq Amjadi, Fattah Soleimani, Maziar Mehrpour, Mhommad Molanai, Vahed Seyyedeh, Jalil Sharifian, Sediq Khosravi, Yusuf Ab Kharabad, Faramarz Fetrat Nejad, Jalil Mohammadi, Nezam Sadeghi, Afshin Nadimi, Hussain Pilooti, Rahman Ebrahim Zadeh, Abbas Hashem Poor are among the detainees. (If new names appear, they will be added to the list).

The detainees were transferred to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj and until now no further news is available.

We, members of the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations, condemn the arrest of the members and other workers activists. We demand the immediate release of all workers activist. We expect all workers activists and organizations to protest against these arrestments.

Further news will be announced later

Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ organizations.

This mass arrest follows the sentence to six years imprisonment last month of Tehran bus drivers' union treasurer Reza Shahabi, and amid demonstrations by building workers over the removal of social insurance.

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