Tuesday July 7, 2020
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Arrest of labour activists in Iran


The Iranian regime, furious and aggravated by the strike and demonstrations of courageous workers of the Haft Tappeh sugar cane mill, have arrested Ali Nejati, former president of the Haft Tappeh sugarcane workers' union, along with his son, and transferred them to an unknown location. The repressive forces arrested and beat him while he was suffering from heart disease and was badly ill.

Prior to that, Esmail Bakhshi a representative of the Haft Tappeh sugar mill workers' union, was arrested and badly beaten last week.

Despite these arrests and the presence of suppressive forces in the city of Shush, the brave workers of Haft Tappeh sugar cane mill have continued their protest. They chanted in the gathering in front of the regime's governorate: Imprisoned worker must be freed.

The governor, the regime's MP and the head of the Revolutionary Guards went to the area to force the workers to end the strike by giving deceptive promises. But they were faced with a negative response from the workers. Workers interrupted the speech of the member of the regime's parliament by chanting slogans.

URTU is calling on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take urgent action to free the detained workers and to support striking workers.

Ali Nejati 



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