At the launch of the Shahrokh Zamani Action Campaign on October 20th 2016 part of a video clip on Shahrokh Zamani’s life and activities was played. Here is the full video and some notes in English explaining the contents. The video clip was made by Workers’ Action Committee activists in Iran.
Transcript of Persian captions and some conversations in the video clip.
Voice of Shahrokh talking from inside jail to an IWSN comrade in Europe. They are discussing the bulletin that Workers’ Action Committee was intending to publish. Sadly Shahrokh did not live to see the first issue of the bulletin. It was published in November 2015.
“It is the only way out. … It is our turn now if we work correctly. The journal is really very important, the life, the basis. … Not like the ones I have seen. Being an organiser is important. … Well done. … Give my regards to the comrades. It’s very, very good. … The journal should be very serious.”
Dedicated to the memory of Comrade Shahrokh Zamani, whose name is linked with socialism and revolution. Shahrokh Zamani, revolutionary socialist worker, was murdered in Gohardasht prison in September 2015. Workers’ Action Committee (WAC)
The soundtrack contains two songs in Azeri, the native language of Shahrokh.
At the graveside forty days after Shahrokh’s death, October 2015.
Mohammad Jarrahi, an activist of the Committee for the Pursuit of the Creation of Free Labour Organisations, at Shahrokh’s grave after he was released from prison earlier this year.
Shahrokh’s burial, in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province, September 15th 2015.
Leaflets published and pasted up by activists of WAC around the anniversary of Shahrokh death, calling for his murder to be investigated. Also “We will follow Comrade Shahrokh’s path”.
Shahrokh in prison.
Shahrokh reading a May Day manifesto in prison, May Day 2015.
Norooz, the pre-Islamic Persian New Year, in Karaj’s Rejai Shahr (Gohardasht) prison, March 21st 2015. With teachers’ leader, Rasoul Bodaghi, a member of the Teachers’ Trade Association.
Celebrating Charshanbeh Suri, the pre-Islamic Persian festival, in prison. Charshanbeh Suri dates back to the Zoroastrian era in Iran.
Shahrokh with Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, a teacher serving 9 years, during his hunger strike. Behnam Ebrahimzadeh was jailed for activities supporting the rights of teachers and child labourers.
Shahrokh and Reza Shahabi, leader of the Vahed bus drivers, in their communal prison cell.
Shahrokh with Reza Shahabi during his hunger strike.
Shahrokh with Hassan Tofah, member of the Arab Lawyers’ Association and an honorary member of the Hague International Court. Mr Tofah is about 84 years old.
Shahrokh’s mother’s funeral, which he was not allowed to attend.
Shahrokh reading a statement in prison, May Day 2014.
Shahrokh before and after his last hunger strikes two years ago.
Norooz in prison, March 21st 2014.
Shahrokh, a painter and decorator by trade, working while in prison.
Release of Farzad Madadzadeh, a political prisoner, from Gohardasht (Rejai Shahr) prison. Shahrokh is in the background.
A discussion among Reza Shahabi, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, Shahrokh and Khaled Hardani (a political prisoner).
Leaflets published and pasted up by activists of WAC and United Workers’ Association. Demanding an autopsy to be carried out on Shahrokh.
Handwritten articles sent from inside prison.
WAC posters pasted up at the time of the so-called elections to the regime’s phony parliament. The poster propose five alternative and genuine candidates, including Reza Shahabi, Rasoul Bodaghi, and Zeynab Jalalian (a female Kurdish activist). Also poster about investigating Shahrokh’s murder.
The Shahrokh Zamani Action Campaign is launched in Afghanistan. Posters pasted up in Kabul.
Some of WAC’s activities defending Shahrokh during the past two years in Iran.
Some of the activities of Iranian Workers’ Solidarity Network (IWSN) and its supporters in Europe. “Iranian workers are not alone!”
Volume one of Shahrokh’s works written in prison.
A quote from Shahrokh Zamani’s The Necessity of a Workers’ Alternative article is displayed at the end of the clip: “Because of the structural crisis of capitalism and the defeat of the policies of parties and governments, especially the ‘reformers’, [demands like] bread, jobs, housing and general social provisions, have practically become tied to the destruction of capitalism and creating socialism.”
In the conversation at the end of the video clip Shahrokh is quoting Lenin about many other tasks have now fallen on the shoulders of workers.
Shahrokh Zamani Action Campaign, October 2016.