Free Majid Hamidi Now!

January 28, 2010- According to the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations, Mr. Majid Hamidi has been kept in detention since January 14, 2010. Mr. Hamidi has a number of health conditions since the attempted assassination against him in October 2007 and needs appropriate medical attention.

Mr. Majid Hamidi, a labour activist and a member of the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations, has been incarcerated since Thursday, January 14, 2010. Mr. Hamidi left his residence in city of Sanandaj in the afternoon of January 14th but did not return home since then. At 11 PM, January 15th, agents of the Intelligence Ministry entered Mr. Hamidi’s home to search his belongings and took his notebook computer with them. Mr. Hamidi, who is a well-known labour activist in City of Sanandaj, received seven bullets into his body on October 18th, 2007. Witnesses and Mr. Hamidi himself reported that the assassins fired about 14 shots towards him. After getting the first shot, Mr. Hamidi tried to rescue himself but they followed him and fired more bullets at him but some were missed. They then escaped from the scene with a motorcycle.  No one has yet been arrested or identified as the perpetrator of this crime.  Mr. Hamidi’s surgery was not completely successful because doctors were unable to remove one of the bullets that hit him in his neck, because by removing that bullet there would have been a great risk of damaging his nervous system around his eyes and mouth. He still has this bullet in his body. Mr. Hamidi issued a statement after his treatment in which he condemned the attempted assassination against himself as a cowardly act by those that are extremely scared of the rise of the Iranian labour movement. He vowed to continue his activities as a labour activist for the achievement of the working class demands. 

Condemn these continuous attacks on human and workers’ rights in Iran. Demand the immediate and unconditional freedom of Majid Hamidi and other jailed labour activists and all political prisoners.

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