Press Release

For Immediate Release


Protest at Iranian Embassy in Ottawa

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


There will be a demonstration in front of Iranian Embassy in Ottawa at 12:00 PM on May 27, 2009. Labour and progressive organizations and activists around the world are standing in solidarity with workers in Iran, particularly for the freedom of all imprisoned labour activists and for the immediate stop of the persecution of labour and progressive activists in Iran.


The May Day rally and celebration in Tehran, which was organized by independent Iranian labour organizations on May 1st, 2009, was brutally attacked by security and intelligence forces and hundreds were beaten and over 150 people arrested. The intelligence forces brutally attacked the event’s participants including women and children, by baton and tear gas etc. Many of these labour activists are still imprisoned. Those released have been put on heavy bail and will face charges.


The Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) does not recognize freedom of association and the right to organize, assemble and free speech and systematically represses all independent activities of workers and progressive forces in the country. The IRI is a cruel capitalist regime, which is fully implementing the anti-worker policies of global capitalism. Moreover, it’s a regime that has been jailing and killing tens of thousands of labour and women’s rights activists, students, socialists and other left and progressive forces in Iran.


Join us in protest against the gross violation of workers’ rights to organize, assemble and frees speech! Protest against ongoing repression of workers and their organizations in Iran!



Where: The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran - 245 Metcalfe St., Ottawa

Time: 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2009


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Phone: 416-997-2945 or 647-449-4120


This rally is organized by “The Solidarity Campaign with the Workers’ Struggles in Iran”, which is a collaboration amongst numerous Iranian labour, left and progressive activists and organizations based in Toronto.