Protest at the murder of Shahrokh Zamani

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NCAFC is an internationalist organisation. Last year we were involved in the campaign for the release of Shahrokh Zamani, an Iranian trade unionist jailed for his role in attempting to build an independent workers’ movement (see http://anticuts.com/2014/04/25/student-activists-from-across-the-uk-demand-release-of-shahrokh-zamani from April 2014).

We have received the very bad news that Shahrokh was found dead in his prison cell last month. We send our sympathies and solidarity to his comrades, who continue his struggle in the face of a murderous and repressive state.

We must do what Iranian workers’ organisations have called for: “Turn Shahrokh Zamani’s death into a banner of workers’ solidarity and unity”

NCAFC will continue to support the struggles of students and workers in Iran, and around the world.

Please add your or your group’s name to the statement below. To do so email [email protected]. Please also circulate the statement as widely as possible!

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We write in protest at the killing of trade unionist Shahrokh Zamani by the Iranian state.

Having been jailed in 2011 for his involvement in working to establish independent trade unions in Iran, Shahrokh was subjected to prolonged physical and psychological abuse. He was found in his cell on 13 September 2015.

In memory and honour of Shahrokh we will continue to fight for the freeing of all jailed trade unionists and labour activists in Iran, and for the British labour movement and student movement to step up their solidarity with the Iranian working class.

Signed:
Ronnie Draper, Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union
Christine Blower, National Union of Teachers General Secretary
Sally Hunt, University and College Union General Secretary
John Burgess, candidate for Unison General Secretary
Shelly Asquith, National Union of Students Vice President Welfare
Rida Vaquas, Young Labour Under 19s Officer
Hannah Webb, NUS NEC
Patrick Murphy, NUT Executive
Rob Lugg, Chair, BECTU LGBT Committee
Megan Dunn, NUS President
Christopher Roche, Bath University and College Union Vice President
Janine Booth, Co-Chair, TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee
Monty Shield, NCAFC National Committee 
Andrew Berry
Pete Firmin, chair, Brent Trades Council
Matt Aitch
Daniel Randall, RMT London Transport Region Young Members’ Officer
Liam McNulty, Labour Young Socialists committee
Vinothan Sangarapillai, Camden Unison (pc), Camden Trades Council (pc)
Ben Towse, NUS Postgraduate Committee

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