Correspondence: Iran - No to whippings and executions of worker activists
14 August 2008
On May Day this year in Iran, two brave women - Sousan Razani and Shiva Kheirabadi - participated in open celebrations of the international workers' holiday.
The regime considers this to be a crime and the women were arrested.
They have just been sentenced to 15 lashes apiece, as well as four months in prison.
They're not alone. In a new and ferocious wave of repression directed against worker activists, a Kurdish teacher (Farzad Kamangar) has been sentenced to death. Three men (Abdullah Khani, Seyed Qaleb Hosseini, and Khaled Hosseini) have been sentenced to 120 lashes between them, as well as prison sentences. Afshin Shams has been arrested and awaits trial.
Meanwhile, Mansour Osanloo, leader of the Tehran bus workers, has languished in jail since July 2007.
Enough is enough.
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