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Mousavi issues message for Iranian workers and teachers

30 Apr 2010

In a video message on the occasion of International Labor Day and National Day of Teachers on May 1 and 2 respectively, Mir-Hossein Mousavi called on workers and teachers to join the reformist cause, in a new attempt to broaden and energize the country’s flagging protest movement. The statement came as groups representing laborers and teachers called for demonstrations, and a labor coalition issued its own list of economic grievances to mark International Labor Day, opposition web sites reported.
Mousavi and other opposition leaders have previously urged workers and teachers to join them, but not as directly or as urgently. Now the possibility of laborers taking to the streets — as they did during the 1979 Islamic Revolution — has rattled the hard-line establishment. On Wednesday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, issued a veiled warning to workers not to allow themselves to be politicized, saying “the enemy has tried to use the workers as a leverage against the Islamic regime” in the past, but had always failed, according to the semiofficial ILNA news agency.
In his video message, Mousavi said the challenges workers faced — low wages, inflation, economic mismanagement and the inability to create independent organizations — were also essential grievances of the Green Movement. Mousavi even linked Ahmadinejad’s foreign policy to workers’ circumstances. “The government’s illogical actions have a direct effect on what the people of Iran can put on their table,” Mousavi said.
Workers’ and teachers’ groups have often demonstrated and issued grievances on Labor Day, but their cause has been distinct from that of the reformists, who — at least until last year — were led largely by students, intellectuals and former government officials. Ali Akbar Baghbani, the director of the largest Iranian teachers’ union, and Mohammad Beheshti Langaroudi, the union’s spokesman, were arrested and taken to Evin prison this week, according to BBC Persian. They were briefly imprisoned last year at this time.

source: New York Times

 
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