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Posted on 20 November 2012 at 20:44 GMT

November 24: Day of action against executions and to support political prisoners in Iran

The Iranian regime is going on a killing spree. In recent weeks Satar Beheshti, a political and labour activist and blogger, has died under torture by the Islamic regime in Iran.

Another activist, Jamil Sovidi from Lashkar Abad, was tortured to death by the Iranian Intelligence Agency.

On 8 November 2012, the regime executed 35 people in Adalabad prison in the city of Mashhad and in the last three weeks ten more prisoners have been executed in the cities of Shiraz, Tehran and Kerman.

In Rajai-Shahr prison 160 prisoners have been sentenced to death and on 13 November, ten of these prisoners were moved to an undisclosed location.

The Islamic regime is not lashing out at its opponents because it is strong, quite the contrary. In recent months the Iranian currency, the rial, has tumbled, partly due to the West's sanctions and partly due to mismanagement by president Ahmadinejad.

Prices of imported foodstuffs have sky-rocketed; it is a national joke that even chicken is unaffordable for ordinary people.

There have been huge demonstrations in Tehran and other cities, and placards openly question the regime's financial and military support for the doomed and vicious regime in Syria when Iranians are starving.

Ahmadinejad has only a few months left of his presidential term and all sorts of 'opposition' elements are suddenly appearing 'offering' to stand, yet none offer a voice to the working class.

The Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran (CFPPI) has called an international day of protest on Saturday 24th November.

The London demo is at Parliament Square, 2.00pm - 4.00pm, and there will be protests in other cities worldwide.
Paul Gerrard

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