This action has been postponed until next Sunday 14 January (same time and place)
Stand in solidarity with anti-govt protesters in Iran
Stop the repression, stop the killings!
No to Rouhani, No to Khamenei!
Yes to people power! Yes to freedom!
2pm Sydney Town Hall,
Marching to Hyde Park fountain via George, King & Elizabeth Sts
*Mitra Mansouri (with translator, Farsi radio show)
*Iraj Moghadam (with translator) (refugee who fled crackdown on Green Movement)
*Andrew Casey (LabourStart) they've been busy! http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/newsquery2.pl?searchtext=Iran&number=1000&language=en&Go=Go
*David Shoebridge (NSW Greens Upper House MP)
* Ian Rintoul (RA)
*Short speeches from other Iranian groups.
MCs: Mark Goudkamp/Sara Pax Klissarov?? I wrote this for Solidarity https://www.solidarity.net.au/top/iranian-workers-revolt-poverty-inequality-holds-key-freedom
Since 28 December, the protests which started in Mashhad against price rises, cuts to welfare programs and corruption have spread to every corner of the country.
The death toll has risen to 22, but protests continue to grow. It's an insult to the brave people on the streets of Iran's cities to call them stooges of the US/Israel, just because these undemocratic regimes are opportunistically supporting the protests.
The Iranian people being gunned down on the streets or languishing in the regime's notorious prisons need the mass support of ordinary people across the globe, including Australia. They will rely on their own strength, not on the tweets of hypocrites like Donald Trump, who wants to install a regime more compliant with the interests of the US empire. Neither are people risking their lives for the restoration of an equally corrupt and repressive royal family.
A recent article in Al Jazeera says:
[Many in Iran hoped that the deal, by lifting many international sanctions, would ease the country's financial struggles. Yet, the benefits do not seem to have trickled down, with critics blaming the ruling religious elite for economic mismanagement and alleged corruption.
Last month's budget, which included cuts to vital social welfare programmes while giving more money to religious and revolutionary institutions, exacerbated tensions, according to analysts.
"If you have been objectively following the socioeconomic indicators in Iran, you'll see a huge portion of the population has not been benefitting from neither the reformist policies, nor from the conservative ones," said Fathollah-Nejad.
"If you take all those structural factors, plus the more recent contingent factors - the government's response to the [December] earthquakes, student and labour protests, and the budget announcement ... you cannot be very much surprised."]