A Statement by Iran Khodro Car Workers – December 6 2009
Fellow workers and friends,
During the last few days tens of workers, students and grieving mothers [a reference to mothers of young people killed following protest gatherings on December 4] have been arrested and sent to jail. Many of our colleagues and fellow workers are in prison. Tens of students, who are our children and our allies, are incarcerated. Mothers have been held. The government is closing its eyes to reality and arresting anyone they want. The country is under the grip of security forces and people do not even have the right to gather in a public park.
– In which country is it illegal to demand payment of unpaid wages?
– In which country is it forbidden to go to a park or to climb mountains? [The regime has banned students from climbing in case they organise political meetings under the guise of mountain climbing]
– What is the crime of our grieving mothers?
– In which country is it illegal to form workers’ organisations?
Fellow workers, how dare they be so shameless? We must protest! The situation created by the government is unbearable. Freedom is a basic right of all human beings
Long live freedom!
Group of Iran Khodro Workers
Translated and distributed by Hands Off the People of Iran