hands off the people of iran agm, 28th november

22 11 2009

Somers Town Community Centre, 150 Ossulston Street, London NW1 1EE (near Euston station). Registration from 10am. Download a leaflet here: (front/back)

Since the June 2009 elections, the situation in Iran has dramatically changed. Thousands have taken to the streets in defiant protest – despite the Iranian regime’s history of brutal repression. Initially, they were commonly portrayed as middle-class backers of the leading ‘reformist’ candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi, but as protests have continued, and Moussavi himself has repeatedly shown his timidity and ties to the theocratic state, the mood has radicalised dramatically and this anger has embroiled wide swathes of the society. Many of those who were initially protesting against the election outcome now question the entire basis of Iran’s Islamic republic and there are daily strikes and protests. Come along to our AGM to discuss this and many other issues.

Motions:

All Hopi members can submit motions, which will be taken during the relevant part of the agenda. Deadline for motions: Friday, November 20. Deadline for amendments: Wednesday, November 25.

Click here to read the motions.

Agenda:

  • from 10am
    Registration:
    £10 waged/£5 unwaged
  • 11am-11.30am
    Report
    of Hopi secretary Mark Fischer, incl. campaigning priorities for the next 12 months
  • 11.30am-1pm
    Imperialism’s need for conflict and the situation in the Middle East
    With Moshe Machover (Matzpen founder) and Mike Macnair (CPGB)
  • 1-2pm
    Lunch
  • 2pm-3.30pm
    Why sanctions are not a ’soft alternative’
    With Cyrus Bina, author ‘Modern Capitalism and Islamic Ideology in Iran’
  • 4pm-5.30pm
    Iran’s workers’ movement since the June 2009 elections
    With Yassamine Mather, Hopi chair
    incl. Launch: Day of solidarity with workers in Iran

There will also be a fundraising event in the evening at the same venue. To find out more, or to reserve your place, send an email to office@hopoi.info

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23 11 2009
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“Initially, they were commonly portrayed as middle-class backers of the leading ‘reformist’ candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi,”

Well, they were middle class backers of Mousavi – that’s just a fact.

“but as protests have continued, and Moussavi himself has repeatedly shown his timidity and ties to the theocratic state, the mood has radicalised dramatically and this anger has embroiled wide swathes of the society”

I hope that is the case, but it is hard to find any evidence for this assertion. It seems more like the movement is just dwindling down to its hardcore base who were always staunchly anti-IRI. The flacking away of the opportunist Mousavi backers seems to have once again reduced the properly radical forces to a rump. That is not necessarily a bad thing – it is a position from with to build a principled movement autonomous from intra-regime factions, for example.




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