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Iran-Update 26.06. 2009

Posted by entdinglichung - 26. Juni 2009

Weitere Artikel zum Thema auf dieser Seite unter https://entdinglichung.wordpress.com/category/iran/ … der Informationsfluss ist ein wenig spärlicher geworden, auch scheint das Thema für die bürgerlichen Medien allmählich an Wichtigkeit zu verlieren:

1.) Seiten mit regelmässig aktualisierter Berichterstattung: Revolutionary Road, News from the struggles in Iran (HOPI), Révolution en Iran, Rise of The Iranian People und LabourStart

2.) Ali Schirasi berichtet über die offenbar ungebrochenen Proteste in Zahedan, der Hauptstadt der traditionell unruhigen Region Sistan & Baluchistan

3.) Ein Bericht von der Seite des IWSN zu einem Lohnstreik am 22. Juni in Sanandaj/Iranisch-Kurdistan, die ganze Region soll am 23. Juni mehr oder weniger vollständig bestreikt worden sein:

Sanandaj Communication Office workers go on strike

The workers of the service line unit of the Ferdowsi branch of the Sanandaj Communication Office went on strike on June 22 2009 near the office.

The 52 workers, who are contract workers, were told by the Communication Office that they were about to be sacked and that a new workforce with lower wages would replace them.

This strike has been continuing for three days and the workers have written letters to various government offices, including the Labour Office, the Governor-General’s office and the representative of the vali-e faghih [Ayatollah Khamenei].

The workers will be gathering in front of the Governor-General’s office on Thursday June 25 2009 at 9am.

Co-ordination Committee for the Formation of Labour Organisations, 24 June 2009

4.) Zwei lesenswerte Artikel aus dem aktuellen Weekly Worker zum Thema:

– Yassamine Mather: Beginning of the end:

“ …

Those of us who can identify the class composition of demonstrators from their clothes and accents have not had the slightest doubt about the predominance of workers and wage-earners (including teachers, nurses and public employees) on recent protests, but for the benefit of those who have no knowledge of Iran and who keep telling us the demonstrators are ‘middle class’ let me explain some basic facts.

If you live in a country where the ministry of labour claims that over 80% of the workforce are employed on limited contracts and reassures capitalists that by 2010 the figure will have reached 100%, who do you think will join protest demonstrations?

If you live in a country where in the year ending March 2009 despite the repression there were over 4,000 workers’ actions against privatisation and job losses (unemployment stands at 30%, while inflation has reached 25%), including sit-ins, the kidnap of managers, as well as strikes, who do you think will join protest demonstrations?

If you live in a country that has been praised by the International Monetary Fund for its firm pursuit of neoliberal economic policies, all under a certain Mr Ahmadinejad, who do you think will join protest demonstrations?

If you live in a country where teachers and nurses have waged at least four major strikes in the last two years against their government’s economic and political stance, who do you think will join protest demonstrations?

Let us stop talking of the ‘middle class’ nature of these specific protests. However, a number of points have to be considered. Contrary to comments by people such as George Galloway, the Iranian revolution of 1979 was not started by the working class. Students, many of them children of middle class families, initiated the anti-shah protests, which were confined at first to university campuses, and the same students were later in the forefront of the first major demonstrations. It is no secret that the actions of a minority of middle strata can sometimes spark a mass movement.

In 2009, however, the working class has not been slow off the mark – as early as last week the idea of a general political strike has been in the air. It is the left and its activists who have been slow to respond to such calls.

Oil workers have also used well established channels of communication to discuss the possibility of a strike. Meanwhile a general strike has affected the whole of the Kurdish province, with most cities and towns practically closed down. Calls for a nationwide general strike are growing by the day.“

– Mehdi Kia: A different regime:

“ …

That it was a well planned coup and not something concocted at the spur of the moment can be seen from two observations. Firstly the chorus of Revolutionary Guard commanders who congratulated Ahmadinejad on his certain victory and gave their support for it in the weeks before the election. And, second, by the fact that the official Fars News website declared victory for Ahmadinejad two hours before the polls closed, with a percentage of votes which remained unchanged until the final count.

Ahmadinejad orchestrated his previous victory four years ago like a military operation. This time he announced it like a victorious Caesar, even before the results of the battle could possibly be known. That was no coincidence. He was declaring to the world, and to the Iranian people, that the rule of the ayatollahs is over. The rule of the military-security machinery has begun.

What Ahmadinejad engineered, in alliance with a large section of the security apparatus and a handful of mullahs, was to essentially deprive the clergy of their ability to use elections to increase the power base of their particular factions inside the regime. This was not a flash in the pan. The election coup had been systematically organised over the last 12-15 years. It began with mobilising and the methodical winning of all electable and non-electable organs – starting with the mayorships of major cities (Ahmadinejad is an ex-mayor of Tehran), the municipal council elections, the majles and the presidency of Ahmadinejad in 2005.

In parallel the military-security apparatus became a major economic force in the country. The coup on June 12 was the logical next, and last, step in a long process by which those that called themselves the osulgaran (‘principled’) have been catapulted into undisputed power. The mass protest by the clergy can be explained by the fact that they have been unceremoniously thrown out of the power structure of Iran.

The regime that took power last week showed its fangs early. Not only did the thugs it unleashed beat up protestors, but they smashed their way into the homes of people who had given them sanctuary. They forced their way into university dormitories across the country to wreck everything in sight and indiscriminately beat the students. The arrest of politicians, journalists, students and demonstrators is taking place daily.

The overall aim of the osulgaran faction, to which Ahmadinejad belongs, is to do away with the factional nature of the Iranian regime and have a top-down, unified, military-style government with a population which supports it unequivocally and by acclamation without being allowed to organise in any form. This is to be a united country, under an undivided, single and monolithic regime, preparing for war, with an economy that reflects those aims. The unorganised ‘people’ are to be mobilised when and if necessary to act as fodder for that war.

You can glimpse this structure in the victory speech made by Ahmadinejad a few days after the election. There he dismissed and derided political parties and appealed to the people to stay on the scene to defend the country.

A capitalist regime, using extreme nationalist populist slogans, ruling the country through thugs and being acclaimed by a public not permitted to organise in any form other than what is dictated from above, and with militaristic, adventurist ambitions! Have we not seen this before?

… „

5.) In der aktuellen Jungle World findet mensch ebenfalls zwei lesenswerte Artikel: Freiheit ist keine Metapher von Fathiyeh Naghibzadeh zur Rolle von Frauen in den Protesten und Wähler, Wächter, Widerstand von Jörn Schulz:

„Innerhalb von nur einer Woche ist im Iran eine vorrevolutionäre Situation entstanden. Viele Linke im Westen vermissen nun die ideologische Klarheit. Tatsächlich marschieren derzeit Anhänger Mousavis, die von einer Verwirklichung der islamistischen Ideale träumen, neben säkularen Demokraten, Khomeinisten neben Kommunisten. Doch fast jede revolutionäre Massenbewegung beginnt mit einem solchen Durcheinander und sehr gemäßigten Forderungen, die den Rahmen der herrschenden Staatsdoktrin nicht sprengen. Zu Beginn einer Revolution wissen die meisten Revolutionäre noch gar nicht, dass sie welche sind. Die Französische Revolution begann mit dem Ballhausschwur, in dem die Delegierten noch gelobten, »die wahren Prinzipien der Monarchie« zu erhalten. Die russische Revolution im Jahr 1905 begann mit einer Demonstration, die dem Zaren ein Bittgesuch übergeben wollte.

Ob die iranische Bewegung eine revolutionäre Entwicklung nehmen wird, kann derzeit niemand sagen. Dass sich im Iran nun Frauen im Chador mit Milizionären prügeln, zeigt jedoch, wie groß die Desillusionierung der Bevölkerung und wie tief die Krise des Regimes ist. Unbeschadet wird die »Islamische Republik« die Revolte nicht überstehen, selbst wenn Khamenei sich noch einmal behaupten kann. Sollte Mousavi siegen, bliebe das islamistische System zunächst erhalten. Doch müsste er, schon um sich zu schützen, den Einfluss der Pasdaran zurückdrängen, und die Menschen, die auf den Straßen gekämpft haben, würden eine Rückkehr zu den alten Verhältnissen nicht hinnehmen. Viele ältere Iraner fühlen sich aber bereits an die Revolution der Jahre 1978/79 erinnert, die keineswegs eine rein islamistische Angelegenheit war. Es wäre nicht das erste Mal, dass die Iraner ihre Herrscher und den Rest der Welt überraschen.“

6.) Nachrichten zum heutigen internationalen Aktionstag zur Solidarität mit den ArbeiterInnen im Iran findet mensch hier, nachfolgend ein Auszug daraus zu den Protesten in Indien:

„In a great show of solidarity, workers from ITF-affiliated unions in India have held demonstrations in New Delhi, Mumbai and Lucknow. In Delhi over 500 AIRF railway workers demonstrated at the Jantar Mantar, as police had issued prohibitory orders in the area surrounding the Iranian embassy. The demonstration was addressed by representatives of the AIRF, NRMU and ITF. A delegation was later escorted to the Iranian Embassy where they were met by the Counsellor in the Embassy who accepted the memorandum and promised to forward it to Tehran. There are also reports of a demonstration by the NRMU at Lucknow station in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. There is a sizeable Shia community in this city.“

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