Tag Archives: Shahrokh Zamani

May Day in Rejai Shahr prison


On May Day prisoners in Karaj’s Rejai Shahr prison gathered to celebrate International Workers’ Day. During the ceremony Shahrokh Zamani, who had recently ended his 47-day hunger strike, made a speech that ended with the following paragraph:

“Workers, activists and labour organisations, we must learn the lessons of the history of our struggles and the struggles of the workers of the world. Together with the workers of the world let us turn this year’s May Day into the day of unity, struggle, empathy and camaraderie of all workers’ movements for organising resistance and struggle to destroy temporary contracts, blank-signed contracts and for establishing permanent jobs, imposing wages in line with inflation and decent living wages, imposing the right to strike, the right to form independent organisations and progressive labour legislation.”

Shahrokh then chanted the following slogans:

“The workers’ way out is unity and organisation!”
“Long live May Day, the day of International Workers’ Solidarity against the capitalist system!”
“Let us create a workers’ party and general workers’ unions!”

RMT activists show support for Shahrokh

Recently a number of high-profile trade unionists and activists have put their weight behind the campaign.

One activist, formerly an executive officer of the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union (RMT), Janine Booth, speaking to the Free Shahrokh Zamani Campaign said: 

“Every trade unionist in the world needs to take a stand for every trade unionist in the world who faces repression and persecution. An injury to one is an injury to all.”

Other recent signatories include:

Peter Pinkey, RMT National President

Mike Sargent, RMT Executive, South East region

Nick Quirk, RMT Executive, South West region

Derrick Marr, RMT Executive, London and Anglia region

Janine Booth, RMT Executive, London Transport region

Sean Hoyle, RMT Executive, Wessex region

Glenroy Watson, Chair, RMT Finsbury Park branch

The online petition can be found here:

While we have several thousand signatures on paper, we still short of the 10,000 we believe will be needed to make an impact on the Iranian authorities, so please sign and share! Online petition here: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-iranian-government-free-shahrokh-zamani