Saturday, June 28, 2014

Student protests in Iran

WFDY stands in solidarity with the struggle of the Iranian youth for peace, democracy and social justice

WFDY has been following the difficult struggle of the Iranian democratic youth and university students for peace, democracy and progress. Truthful to their historic revolutionary traditions the Iranian university students have been in the forefront of the struggle for democratic rights and have tried to break the walls of silence and the repressive atmosphere imposed by the theocratic regime in universities.

Playing a major role in the popular protest movement in recent years raising the banner of the fight for freedom, democracy and social justice. Iranian left, progressive and communist students have a central place in this fight. Tudeh Youth of Iran, WFDY member organization and ODYSI (organisation of Democratic Youth and Students of Iran), working under clandestine conditions, are actively involved in these struggles.

WFDY is dismayed that the security forces of the Iranian regime continue to suppress the university students and has imposed tight security conditions in the university campuses across the country. We are aware of the disciplinary action taken by the security authorities against 9 student of the Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) as a reaction to the protest organised by the students inside the university campus.
As well as concerned about the continued incarceration of a number of leading Iranian university students, leaders of the democratic nationwide student movement in Iran, who are languishing in prison. And about the well-being of a number of them including female university students and progressive activists Bahareh Hedayat and Maryam Shafipour and also well know Iranian student leader, Majid Tavvakoli, who are all serving long prison sentences for engaging in legitimate, democratic and peaceful activities as in relation to the democratic and progressive movement. Ms Bahareh Hedayat, imprisoned in 2009 and sentenced to 9.5 years imprisonment, is a well-known women rights campaigner and a member of the Executive Committee of the Dafter Tahkim Vahdat (Office for Consolidation Unity), Iranian nationwide university organisation. Majid Tavvakoli is a progressive student leader at the Amirkabir Technology University.

WFDY insures the necessity of democratic freedoms among the people, in the anti-imperialist struggle. Uplifting the democratic political participation and unity of the Iranian youth and peoples. We stand in solidarity in solidarity with the brave, progressive and democratic young people and university students in Iran. Moreover, call for release of all political prisoners in Iran.


Budapest, 28 June, 2014

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