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60 Labor Activists Arrested at the Meeting

Based on the reports by the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations in Iran, on June 15, the police raid with machine guns on the meeting of the sixth general assembly of the organization resulted in the arrest of sixty of the labor activists. On June 16, Cyrus Fathi, Alireza Asgari, Jalil Mohammadi, Saeed Marzban, Massoud Salimpour, Maziar Mehrpour, Reihaneh Ansari, Faramarz Fetratnejad, and Mitra Homayouni remained arrested while the rest of the detainees have been freed. Reihaneh Ansari has received 20 days incarceration and 66 thousands dollars bail.

According to the committee, the arrests took place at a house in the city of Karaj without showing any warrants and using machine creating an atmosphere of terror and fear in the neighborhood.

Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations in Iran released the following statement:

Yesterday, Friday 15th of June at 12 noon 60 members of the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ organizations and a number of labor activists were arrested by agents of the city of Karaj.

According to the latest news, Mitra Homayooni, Vafa Ghaderi, Reyhaneh Ansari, Khaled Hosseini, Mahmoud Salehi, Saeed Moghaddam, Cyrus Fathi, Ghaleb Hosseini, Mohammad Abdipour, Jalal Hosseini, Alireza Asgari, Masoud Salimpour, Abbas Andriyany, Sediq Amjadi, Fattah Soleimani, Maziar Mehrpour, Mhommad Molanai, Vahed Seyyedeh, Jalil Sharifian, Sediq Khosravi, Yusuf Ab Kharabad, Faramarz Fetrat Nejad, Jalil Mohammadi, Nezam Sadeghi, Afshin Nadimi, Hussain Pilooti, Rahman EbrahimZadeh, Abbas HashemPoor Are among the detainees. (If new names appear they will be added to the list).

According to the news, the detainees were transferred to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj and until now no further news is available.

We, members of the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ organizations, condemn the arrest of the members and other workers activists. We demand the immediate release of all workers activist. We expect all workers activists and organizations to protest against these arrests.

Further news will be announced later

Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ organizations
16/06/12

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