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(en) Germany, ag do: Solidarity with the fighting in Iran from Dortmund (de)

Date Mon, 8 Jan 2018 09:06:58 +0200

On a windy night, we hung a solidarity banner with the fighting in Iran on a busy street in the northern city of Dortmund. ---- Iran is currently shaken by the most violent disturbances since the 2009 Green Movement. The current demonstrations have not yet reached the size of 2009, but seem to go beyond radicality. Protests against price increases quickly became a general challenge to the regime under slogans such as "Death of the Islamic Republic" and "Death to the Dictator" (Ayatollah Khamenei). ---- The Iranian authorities rushed to portray the movement as a foreign-driven provocation, and numerous internet reels from around the world have nothing better to do than blabber this reading of events. Of course, other Iranian forces are closely watching disputes in Iran, and it is quite possible that Saudi Arabia or the US will secretly intervene to destabilize one of its geopolitical opponents. But the people of Iran have enough of their own reasons to go out on the streets, and in the past they have more than once expressed their will to freedom. Anyone who perceives the protests as a merely externally controlled conspiracy thus reveals his own authoritarian view of the world, in which it can not be that humans empower themselves to act,

We should not let ourselves be irritated by the poisoned praises given to the rebels by Trump or Netanyahu. Surely, these gentlemen are currently in the thick of it when the regime of a rival state is in trouble. But we can be sure that the rulers of all countries will quickly reunite in the fight against the revolting, as soon as they turn to open question the rule as such.

Unfortunately, given the experiences of the Arab rebellions, as well as the weakness of the revolutionary movement worldwide, it is to be feared that the current Iranian departure will end in another defeat.

Therefore, it seems to us all the more urgent to work on the construction of revolutionary structures and to oppose Islamism here as well - a task against which left-wing radicals and anarchists, including ourselves, have failed miserably so far.

Our best wishes go to all who are currently affected by repression in Iran.

Death of the Islamic Republic!

Death to all religions and states!

Long live the anarchy!

Anarchist Group Dortmund, January 2018

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