Seven workers and activists from the Haft Tappeh sugar-cane complex in Iran have been sentenced to a total of 110 years in prison and 74 lashes after the industrial action there last year.
Branch 28 of the regime’s so-called Revolutionary Court has passed the following sentences:
Esmail Bakhshi, Haft Tappeh worker and workers’ rep: 14 years in prison.
Sepideh Gholian, journalist and student: 18 years.
Amir-Hossein Mohammadi-Fard, journalist: 18 years.
Asal Mohammadi, journalist: 18 years.
Sanaz Alahyari, journalist: 18 years.
Amir Amirgholi, journalist: 18 years.
Mohammad Khanifar, Haft Tappeh Worker: 6 years.
In late August the same court sentenced the May Day detainees. Marzieh Amiri was sentenced to ten-and-a-half-year in prison and 144 lashes. Atefeh Rangriz was sentenced to eleven-and-a-half years in jail and 74 lashes. The court will be sentencing Neda Naji, another of the May Day detainees, later.
The Shahrokh Zamani Action Campaign strongly condemns “the Iranian regime’s medieval and reactionary judiciary. We condemn the arrest and continuing detention of activists and supporters of the labour movement in Iran and call for the immediate and unconditional release of workers and activists arrested on May Day 2019 and those who have supported the strikes of the Haft Tappeh workers.
“We call on all trade unionists, socialists and other political activists to help us in defending the rights of all workers, social rights’ activists and political prisoners in Iran”.
• From the Shahrokh Zamani Action Campaign