Neda Agha-Soltan, the 27 year old shot in the chest by the Islamic regime of Iran’s Baseeji security forces on June 20 died before our very eyes.
We witnessed her last breaths; and felt the rage of the millions on the streets of Iran.
In an interview with Persian media, her fiancé, Caspian Makan, said that some news sites had erroneously reported that she was a supporter of Mousavi. ‘This is not the case’ he said, ‘She was never supportive of either of these two groups. She wanted freedom; freedom for everyone.’(1)
There are times in history when individuals or tragic events become symbols and, today, Neda has become ours.
She symbolises all the beloved we have lost to this indiscriminate killing machine. But she also represents the refusal to kneel and the desire for a life worthy of 21st century humanity.
On Friday, June 26, come out to remember Neda and the over 200 killed during these past few days and to show your solidarity with the people’s revolutionary movement in Iran. June 26 is significant because four global union organisations representing over 170 million workers have called a worldwide action day to demand justice for Iranian workers (2).
We can and must turn this day into a day of condemnation of the Islamic regime.
To see Fariborz Pooya’s interview with Hamid Taqvaee on the demand to isolate the Islamic regime and shut down its embassies, click here.
To see received messages of solidarity, click here. Send your messages of solidarity with the people of Iran to be read over our 24 hour New Channel TV station to us.
To listen to Maryam Namazie’s interview on BBC radio today on the situation in Iran, click here (begins at 7:00 minutes).
To read Maryam’s letter to the editor published in the Evening Standard, click here: http://worker-communistpartyofiran.blogspot.com/2009/06/isolate-regime.html
To read an indepth interview with Hamid Taqvaee on the election farce in Iran, click here.
For details on the various demonstrations on June 26, click here.
Some of the demonstrations are listed below. They will be held at consulates and embassies of the Islamic Republic of Iran:
Ottawa, Canada, 12-3pm
Copenhagen, Denmark, 12pm
Helsinki, Finland, 11am
Frankfurt, Germany, 11am
Bern, Switzerland, 12pm
Canberra, Australia, 12pm
Stockholm, Sweden, 12pm
London, UK, 12:30, 16 Princes Gate, London SW7 IPT
There is also a march organised on Saturday 27 June beginning at 2pm at the former Bank Melli building (High Street Kensington station) and moving towards the Islamic regime’s embassy from 2:30pm with a demonstration at the embassy from 3-6pm.
(1) Interestingly the BBC failed to translate this and key bits of information in its Persian article into its English piece on the same interview.