May 1st in Iran
The Islamic regime planned a May Day workers ceremony in front of the
ex-U.S. embassy in Tehran, trimming the building with various signs
such as ?Death to America? and ?Nuclear energy is our absolute right?.
Hasan Sadeghi, the deputy secretary of the Islamic regime?s Workers
House announced: ?On May 1st, international workers day, there will
be a tributary ceremony in front of the ex-U.S. embassy.?
Prior to the rally, a workers activist in Tehran commented: ?The Islamic
regime is only looking to use this occasion to their advantage; it is
entirely clear that they have every intention of stirring the ceremony
in a direction that has nothing to do with workers. If they cared anything
for the nations workers they would organize the ceremony in front of
either Ahmadinejad?s offices or the Majles (the Islamic parliament?s
assembly ? which is where workers protesting in Tehran have generally
gathered to protest). The fact that Hasan Sadeghi has claimed that the
workers issues will also be addressed is nothing more than a ruse.?
The Organization of the Defense of Women?s Rights in Iran has also issued
a statement in which they have stressed: ? The fact that the regime,
in an attempt to repress a massive workers day protest organized by
and for the workers, has boasted that the workers have in fact already
organized a ceremony in front of the ex-U.S. embassy!! We women and
men workers of Iran cannot be used by the Islamic regime for their propaganda
and whims and we would like to declare that what we need is jobs, shelter,
food?not nuclear weapons and fuel! If they spent the money and budgets
on long-range missiles and nuclear bombs on helping revive bankrupted
factories, creating jobs for us workers, the situation in the country
would not be as deplorable and dire?the multitudes of unemployed workers
and jobless youths would not be wondering the streets aimlessly and
hopelessly. The cog wheels of the factories would have been operating
and together, united, we would have made Iran prosperous.?
So the real gathering of the workers took place not only in front front
of the Social Security Organization in Tehran AND the the headquarters
of the Greater Tehran Bus Company, many attended the regime's own rally
in order to confront the regime's own authorities and to expose their
hypocracy; according to reports from Tehran from people who were present
at the rally between 18 to 20,000 people are said to have shown up.
Workers from all across Iran made their way to Tehran to join in solidarity
and though there was major security, controlled by the revolutionary
guards and their basij auxiliary, the workers were not intimidated.
The workers who had shown up at the ex-U.S. embassy due the Islamic
regime's threats and intimidation of the loss of their jobs were meant
to be nothing more than window-dressing for the Islamic regime's own
self-promotion. They had been told to chant slogans about "nuclear
power is our absolute right"; instead however, in defiance of their
oppressors, they began chanting slogans such as: "Incompetent labor
minister, resign, resign, strike, strike...is our absolute right"
or "Imprisoned worker must be freed" or "Let go of the
Palestinians and start thinking about us." At this point the regime's
plans for a pro-regime seeming demonstration was dashed.
Alireza Mahboob, the member of Majles (Islamic Parliament's Assembly)
and the director of the regime-run organization entitled workers house
whose recent embezzellment and financial scandals has made headlines
even in the regime's own media, was planning on speaking at the rally
but the crowd booed and jeered at him, barring him from speaking and
forced him off the stage.
Agents from the ministry of intelligence and security then arrested
Gholam-Reza Mirzai, member of the board of directors of the bus drivers
union who had been released on March 20th. The protestors chanted: "Osanlou
must be released." Mansour Osanlou, the leader of the bus drivers
union who is under severe torture in the prisons of the Islamic regime
was arrested on December 23rd, 2005.
The regime's anti-riot battalions that included 45 mini-buses, bullet
proof cars and several motorcyles attacked the protestors from the bus
drivers company, arresting 30 or more people. There were also many student
supporters from various universities around Tehran who had, as planned
joined the rally and some were seen being arrested along side the workers.
ILNA, the regime's own news agnecy reported: "Though the rally
and march commemorating May day came to an end and many workers groups
who had gathered at the regime's own ceremony on Taleghani Avenue (in
front of the ex-U.S. embassy), the workers still went on chanting slogans
such as: 'Faithless leaders what happened to the blood of the martyrs?'
and 'Death to this life that is filled with so much shame' and 'The
rule of the justice of their Imam Ali and so much injustice'."