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Mean While In That Theocratic Dictatorship.

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No TUC motion on Iran? Nothing about the fiddled election?

Nothing about the anti-Jewish racist, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

Nothing about neo-nazi shindigs in Tehran?

Nothing about the attacks on Mansour Osanloo and other trade unionists?

Nothing about the street protests in Iran?

Nothing about the very nature of the dictatorship in Tehran?

Still, brave Iranians took their fight straight to Ahmadinejad as he was spouting more Holocaust denial, the Guardian reports:

“Iran’s opposition Green movement put on a powerful show of strength today against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the hardline president repeated his notorious claim that the Nazi Holocaust was a “lie” designed to justify the existence of Israel.

Tens of thousands of people gathered in central Tehran to shout “death to the dictator” despite a heavy security presence and official warnings to the opposition not to hijack the Quds (Jerusalem) Day rally, the regime’s annual display of solidarity with the Palestinians.

Written by modernityblog

18/09/2009 at 15:14

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  1. You act like it should be tit for tat – that every time Israel is mentioned, the Iranians should be mentioned.

    This year was Colombia and Israel.
    Last year, it was Colombia and Cuba.
    In 2007, it was Venezuela, Zimbabwe and Colombia.
    In 2006, it was Cuba and Palestine (not a boycott, mostly about PA funds).
    In 2005, it was China, Iraq, Western Sahara and Venezuela.

    And so on, each year varying.

    Do these motions mean that in 2005, 2007 and 2008 that the TUC didn’t care about what Israel was doing? Or that in none of these years did the TUC care what Iran was doing? Or that only in 2005 did the TUC look into the sort of behaviour going on in Iraq, and the rest of the time didn’t really mind the kidnap and murder of trades unionists?

    Of course not.

    If you want a motion submitted on Iran, write and propose one yourself – take it to your union branch, get others to do the same and get your union to propose it to the TUC. Plenty of us are concerned about the stuff going on in Iran; just because there’s no TUC motion to that effect, do you think otherwise?

    Dave Semple

    18/09/2009 at 16:29

  2. Be fair. It did take the TUC rather a long time to get round to opposing Israel’s denial of self-determination to the Palestinian people. According to the time-table they’ll get round to solidarity work with the protests over the stolen election in about forty years or so.

    johng

    23/09/2009 at 11:22

  3. […] Over at the Guardian, Eric Lee and Benny Weinthal have a typically combative article on the recent boycott gesture at the TUC. leave a comment « Anti-fascist […]


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