“The Free Union of Iranian Workers considers itself part of the movement for liberation from gender discrimination and any type of inequality in the social life of human beings. Thus we condemn the attacks on justice-seeking and freedom-loving women and men in front of the Ministry of Labor. We demand the immediate and unconditional release of all who have been arrested in front of this ministry, and the cancellation of the judgments issued against the Daughters of Revolution Avenue, an end to their prosecution and an end to all the forms of discrimination that have been forced upon the women of Iran during the past four decades.”
In 1907-1909, Dehkhoda was a revolutionary who simultaneously opposed the monarchy, the clergy, the imperialist powers and the capitalist system which they represented. He defended the rights of women and oppressed minorities and advocated free thought based on rationalism.
We the signatories of this statement, refuse to separate our opposition to U.S. imperialism and any imperialist war drive on Iran, from our support for the progressive and revolutionary social justice struggles of Iranian women, workers and oppressed minorities against their regime.
These are incredibly courageous acts in a country in which the hijab is compulsory, and where women who do not wear their headscarves properly can be arrested, assaulted, face fines, lashes and imprisonment. . . These acts of protest are part of a broader wave of mass protests for social justice inside Iran today.
Ashley Smith of the International Socialist Organization Interviews Frieda Afary