Today, Tuesday, February 23rd 2016, comrades of the Workers’ Action Committee in Alborz province distributed leaflets in support of Amir Amirgholi, a political prisoner.
Amir Amirgholi, a former student activist and leftist political prisoner in No. 8 wing of Evin prison, was charged with “blasphemy”, “insulting the Supreme Leader”, “gathering and colluding to act against national security”, “disturbing public order by participating in illegal gatherings” and “propaganda against the system” by branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Salavati. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison. According to Article 134 of the Penal Code and the aggregation of crimes, a maximum of up to seven and a half years will have to be served in jail.
In such circumstances, the duty of defending Amir Amirgholi and other imprisoned labour activists undoubtedly falls on the shoulders of the vanguard of the movement. Due to dispersion and fragmentation within the movement, this support can only be tangible and serve its purpose if it returns confidence to the movement and jailed activists. This can only come about through “unity of action”.
The different tendencies in the movement can have their united action, such as distributing leaflets and posters and joint activities in various localities, by demanding the release of imprisoned activists such as Amir Amirgholi. Especially now, during the week that the Islamic Republic is advertising the sham elections, we can combine the “active boycott” of the elections with these activities.
Workers’ Action Committee has had activities during the boycott of the 2014 presidential election and the upcoming parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections, including in Kermanshah, and we suggest that others also start activities in this context.
Workers’ Action Committee
23 February 2016
Republished from the Iranian Workers’ Solidarity Network website.