For an Iranian Workers Revolution!
Free Karim Siyahi! Free all arrested strikers! Rebuild the shura!
Build support for the Iranian Strike wave!Teachers, Truckers, Steel Workers, Farmers, Sugar Cane workers hold fast!
Make your strike general!
For Independent Workers Political Action for Permanent Revolution!
U.S. Out of the Middle East! No to imperialist sanctions against Iran!
Imperialist Russia and China Out of MENA!
No support for capitalist regimes in MENA!
Rank and file steel worker Karim Siyahi was arrested for a speech he gave at an Awaaz steelworkers’ demonstration in December. Tens of thousands of workers are standing up to the regime in waves of economically based strikes which present a political challenge to the regime: slogans for Bread, Jobs, Freedom and Build Councils (shura) are becoming common, while the workers challenge the lack of democratic rights. Strikers are beaten and detained, their fight for economic and democratic rights intersect, confronting the regime’s obscurantist contradictions. This is the logic of the Permanent Revolution: Only the working class can complete the democratic revolution in the era of imperialism, and only complete it via an uninterrupted socialist revolution.
The use of state resources propping up the Iraqi and Syrian regime is how the Mullahs stand against the world socialist revolution in the name of “anti-imperialism.” Workers and Farmers are told to pay the price of the capitalist crisis and for the wars the theocrats need to maintain their power in the region and to crush the Syrian revolution and the Kurdish self-determination struggle. And while the regime dickers with the Turkish tyrant to deliver Idlib to Assad, they play at gaining full membership in the China/Russia alliance, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), even as that bloc slides helplessly towards military collision with the U.S.-led bloc. Russia and China are imperialist powers. The fake anti-imperialism of the Mullahs is bogus, as is all the ‘socialist’ support from those (Bolivia, Venezuela, Cuba etc) who belong to this bloc of imperialist Russia and China. To avoid world war III, do away with the capitalist class dictatorship. “There is no planet B!”
NO ALLIANCE WITH TRUMP’S FASCIST PETS IN THE MEK!
Many levels of revolt are threatening the theocratic regime including all its absurdities and cruelties. The repressions have not stifled the movement. We recall how a Painters Union organizer died in prison charged with organizing against the state; he died for want of international solidarity…so we raise our voice for solidarity with the Steelworkers and Cane workers’ strikes and we stand with the women revolting against the cultural police of the Khamenei regime who appear to be aping their monarchist enemies in Riyadh. We stand with the Syrian Revolution and all the forces in Iran demanding the withdrawal of Iranian forces and “volunteer” militias from Syria. We stand with the Iranian revolution fighters who already know the betrayal of the 1979 revolution is not history’s final development and that the religious autocrats can be made to go the way of all tyrants. Trade unionists and socialist fighters should know that revolutionists in the USA like those in Africa, South America and the Pacific stand shoulder to shoulder with them.
Beware the MEK cult (People’s Mujahedin of Iran) who nowadays are the plaything of Trump, Pompeo, Bolton, and Giuliani. Their historical trajectory is a warning against accommodations to Islamist obscurantism and imperialism!
The steel workers have it right when they say the thieves in parliament are free while the workers are in prison….
Folks on the Tehran subway train are seen on YouTube reacting to a young woman who has no hijab. We stand with you, like the one man who came to her defence declaring, “you people with your compulsory hijab have ruined this country for the last 40 years!” Despite the celebration of the hijab at international fashion shows and art exhibits, the compulsory hijab laws are patriarchal and an expression of the oppression of women. With the upsurge in workers’ strikes women will express their liberation from symbols of patriarchal oppression. For the workers movement to succeed it must embrace and defend and struggle alongside all the oppressed.
Let Iranians know we reject and denounce the actions of Trump’s agents and also the fake socialists of the PSL (U.S. Party for Socialism and Liberation) who ascribe your revolution to the work of the CIA. We expect many of their ilk to come waving pink flags in the name of the US peace movement, a la Code Pink, and make common cause with Khamenei’s government. At the same time we remember those who defended the Shah as a secularist and “modernizer.” They support the Iranian intervention in Syria today as an “anti-imperialist intervention,” just like a whole range of Putinpal “leftist” groupuscules in the U.S.A. do.
Victory to the Iranian revolution!
For a new Workers International, the World Party of Socialist Revolution, based on Trotsky’s 1938 Transitional Program!
For a Socialist Iran as part of a Socialist Federation of the Middle East and North Africa!