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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL - Iran burns and the world left looking elsewhere (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 2 Dec 2019 09:38:17 +0200

While very little information has come to us since the closure of the Internet in Iran by the current Islamic Republic, Iranian comrades in exile are making an appeal to the "world left" to get the door -voice of the revolt of the Iranian people against the theocratic regime that they and they undergo for 40 years. We are signatories to this call, alongside academics and revolutionaries around the world, to not forget any of the peoples who are currently fighting for their freedom around the world and to live up to this spirit of revolt " ---- Our world is on fire. Not only forests but also cities are burning around the world. Social conflicts of all kinds erupt, spreading their flames everywhere on the planet. Algeria, Chile, Ecuador, Haiti, Hong Kong, Iraq, Rojava, Lebanon, Sudan, complete the list. In this global context of struggles against the social hell of neoliberal and financialized capitalism, another mass uprising has started, since November 15, 2019, in Iran.

It took the spark of tripling fuel prices to get tens of thousands of Iranians, from more than 100 communities around the world, out on the streets to protest. Of course, it is not in itself the price of fuels that has generated a shared uprising as widely in the country and also massively. Rather, it is the accumulation of thirty years of an authoritarian regime that relies on neoliberal principles and which eventually plunged millions of people into poverty, unemployment, extreme precariousness, depriving them of conditions basic living (education, care, food and housing). Exactly the same way that an increase of 30 pesos on metro fares has shattered the rabies too long contained in Chile, the price of fuel in Iran has been the spark of the recent uprising in Iran (and the same is true for the Whatsapp tax in Lebanon, the cancellation of fuel subsidies in Ecuador etc). As expressed in a Chilean poster, " it's not a question of 30 pesos, it's a question of 30 years of neoliberalism . "

Since Friday, the people of Iran have courageously clashed with the heavily armed staff of the Revolutionary Guards Corps of the Islamic Revolution, as well as the thugs of the armed militia in plain clothes (known as Basij) who economically depend on the regime. The people had every legitimacy and right to defend themselves against systematic state violence, to build barricades in the streets, to block highways and to occupy roundabouts and public squares. The forgotten and invisible people of Iran have made themselves visible to the world by setting fire to it. Fire is to all these people what is the yellow vest for the proletarians and the marginalized and neglected population in France. Both are a voice for the voiceless. While the BBC in Persian and others, civil and peaceful demonstration ", the Iranian youth has understood the fact that" a people does not triumph without hatred "and that" the material force must be overthrown by material force ", that it has the legitimate right to defend itself against state violence aimed at the systematic killing of citizens.

" Too much is enough ! Is the message of those in the South[Global South]and beyond. As the students sang in one of the universities in Tehran, " people are fed up, enough of slavery ". Like our sisters and brothers in Iraq and Lebanon, the Iranian people can do no more and no longer want this authoritarian neoliberalism that reduces their lives to an almost vegetative existence, this systematic corruption inherent in mafia capitalism and regional[sub-imperialism]imperialism of the Islamic Republic in Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Yemen and the region as a whole. It does not only oppose the tripling of fuel prices but to the Islamic Republic as a whole. No other slogan, so well sung by our comrades in Lebanon, can better express the spirit of the struggles in the current situation: " All, that means all ! (??? ???? ???)

The iron fist was the response of the ruling class to this radical and concrete denial of all existing powers. The systematic violence used by the Islamic Republic to paralyze the uprising has been of unprecedented intensity and magnitude in history. Authorities have completely closed the Internet for 4 days, turning the country into a huge black box in order to massacre the people in peace. According to Amnesty International, hundreds of people were injured, thousands were arrested and " at least 106 demonstrators in 21 cities were killed ", although " the total number of deaths could be much higher, with testimonies and reports mentioning the figure of 200 people killed ". Numerous videos show that the police are shooting directly and voluntarily at protesters, aiming for heads and breasts, as has been observed before in Iraq. This is particularly the case in the Kurdish and Arab provinces, whose discriminated peoples are once again on the front line of this uprising and are paying the highest price.

The Islamic Republic has so far been successful in achieving its objectives. They took advantage of the opportunity offered by the US sanctions to achieve their neoliberal dreams, both to fill the current budget deficit and to increase military operations in the region. To do this, they closed the Internet and took the opportunity to brutally kill their opponents. Internationally, there is no specific coverage by the media, no international condemnation of state repression and very little solidarity of the global left. In other words, the bloodbath is silent. And things go this way because where the oppressed classes of Iran and Middle Orien have no illusions about the so-called " anti-imperialist " role From the Islamic Republic, many on the left continue to believe in the regime's self-proclaimed ideological veneer, which stands as an anti-imperialist force against the United States and its allies in the region.

We, signatories of the academic or militant world, invite the world left to break its silence and express its solidarity with the people of Iran and its resistance. In our opinion, it is useless to ask anything of the Islamic Republic but we ask that our comrades of the whole world position themselves, by all the possible means, like the mouthpieces of the oppressed in Iran which are suffocated by forced insulation. We also call on the international left to condemn the regime's atrocities against its own people. Finally, we stand alongside Iranian protesters who claim their dignity by refusing austerity, authoritarianism, the militarization of society, and all other forms of domination that limit their autonomy and freedom.

Translated from English by the UCL International Commission


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