The protests of the frustrated and infuriated people of Iran in more than one hundred cities, and the violent and bloody suppression of protesters by the velayat-e faqih theocratic regime; the continuation of round-ups, arrests and detentions and prosecution of thousands of them have been widely reflected in the public opinion of Iran and the world. According to the latest estimates, in the course of these protests more than 360 people have been murdered at gun point by "the unidentified soldiers of Imam-Zaman" , nearly eight thousand have been arrested and hundreds wounded.
Ali Khamenei - the Supreme Leader of the despotic regime - while confirming [in a speech] that the rise in the price of petrol, like all other key economic-political decisions, has taken place with his agreement, has denounced as "villains" those people that have had enough of tyranny and deprivation under "Islamic rule" and has in effect ordered a bloody crackdown on the popular protests. Following Khamenei’s speech, the so-called "Reformers" in the Parliament immediately withdrew their emergency bill that had demanded petrol prices be returned to their previous level.
The High Council of Economic Coordination of the heads of the three power branches in the Islamic Republic of Iran have taken the step to ration gasoline in the country. As such, the price of rationed gasoline was increased [by 50%] to 1,500 Tomans (about $0.80) and the rate of every liter of “free-market” gasoline was announced at 3,000 Tomans. Each liter of super gasoline is now 3,500 Tomans. In connection with this decision of government - that took effect on November 15 - President Hassan Rouhani said, "The aim of this measure is to help 18 to 19 million households and a population of about 60 million of low-income people."
Last Sunday, Evo Morales, Bolivia's leftist president, announced that he was stepping down from his position to calm down the political climate in the country. Violent demonstrations and riots have been taking place in Bolivia since the general election of MPs, Senators, President and his deputy on 20th October. The opposition have alleged that electoral fraud and vote-rigging took place. The country’s Electoral Monitoring Committee announced that Evo Morales won the election with 47.1% of the votes and there was no need for a second round. Morales secured more than 40% of the electorate’s vote and there was also more than a 10% margin between him and his nearest challenger (who secured 36.5% of the vote) as stipulated under the electoral rules in Bolivia.
According to the latest media reports, widespread popular protests in Iraq, which began on 1st October 2019, has entered a new phase. The Iraqi people's movement, demanding important political changes in the country, in recent days has been on the verge of entering a qualitatively decisive stage. Now, apart from the Kurdistan region and three Sunni-majority provinces, the waves of uprising and popular protests have wiped across Iraq, including all Shiite regions.
According to the news agency reports, on Thursday October 10, 2019, the Turkish military forces invaded the Syrian territory in a military campaign in the north of that country. Donald Trump, the US president, announced four days earlier on Sunday October 6 that the American forces are leaving the northern territory of Syria. It was also reported in the media that Trump had shown a green light in his telephone conversation with Erdogan to attack northern Syria.
The undersigned communist and workers parties express their grave concern about the recent developments in the Persian Gulf which pose significant threats to world peace.
The pronouncements of the US administration clearly indicate that it intends to deploy every tool at its disposal to coerce the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) to submit to its hegemonic designs in the region.
The published news in recent days indicate that our nation is on the verge of a very dangerous military conflict with the Trump administration. Following the shooting down of the US surveillance drone on 19 June - a drone that according to the published reports had entered Iran’s air space - news outlets around the world reported that an attack by US military forces against Iran was called off at the last minute on Trump’s orders. Confirming this information, Trump emphasised in an interview with NBC TV station on 22 June, “I am not looking for war, and if there is, it will be obliteration like you’ve never seen before.”
Amidst the ongoing tensions between the Trump administration in the United States and the theocratic regime in Iran, the Communist Party USA/CPUSA and the Tudeh Party of Iran have exchanged analyses of these current developments. The two parties sound the alarm about the rapid and dramatic escalation of provocative statements by the U.S. administration in relation to Iran.
The World Peace Council is extremely concerned about the heightening of tensions in the Persian Gulf. In recent months, the United States has steadily increased its threats against Iran and now the situation in the region has become critical with war by the US - and its allies in Saudi Arabia and Israel - on Iran a very real possibility.
Following the announcement of the intensification and expansion of the inhumane sanctions of the US against Iran and the inclusion of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) in the list of foreign terrorist organizations by the US administration, the advocates of peace and progressive forces across the world have witnessed in recent days a very worrying rise of tensions between the racist, pseudo-fascist, and reactionary Trump administration and the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The Communist and Workers’ Parties undersigning this statement condemn the continued repression of peaceful protesters in Sudan since 19th December 2018.
They note that a national state of emergency was declared in Sudan on 22 February by president Omar al-Bashir amidst the dictatorial regime’s continued attempts to suppress the mass popular protests.
Even though it has to wage much of its struggle underground, the Tudeh Party of Iran, 40 years after the overthrow of the autocratic U.S.-installed Shah, continues the fight for a secular, democratic, and socialist Iran. The following is an exclusive interview with Mohammad Omidvar, a member of the political bureau of the Tudeh Party.
Tudeh Party of Iran condemns the US neo-colonial interference in Venezuela!
The Tudeh Party of Iran is closely following reports coming from Venezuela on the coordinated attempts by the US administration and its regional allies in Latin America to subvert the legitimate, constitutional and elected government of the Bolivarian Republic. According to this news, the architects of the attempted coup d’état have proclaimed Juan Guaidó, a spokesperson of the right-wing opposition and hitherto relatively unknown figure, as president of the country and have started moves to engineer ‘legitimacy’ for the US sponsored puppet “administration”.
The Tudeh Party of Iran has been closely following the developments in Sudan since 19th December when the popular struggle against the dictatorial regime of Omar al-Bashir entered a new phase.
During the past three weeks masses of people in every part of the country have taken to the street to protest against the government economic policies, repression, corruption and the decision to increase the price of bread, Al-Bashir’s government has responded with deploying its entire Security Forces including police and special forces to break the nationwide protests. Human Rights organisations have accused Al-Bashir public speeches appeared to justify violence rather than discourage it.
Dear Comrade Raul Castro, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba
On the momentous occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the victory of the Cuban Revolution, the Central Committee of the Tudeh Party of Iran would like to convey the fraternal message of all the members and supporters of our Party, and indeed the progressive forces and the people of Iran, through you to the people of Cuba and their Communist Party.
In protest to the disastrous policies of the theocratic regime of Iran, particularly the horrible conditions created due to the wide-ranging economic crisis in the country, and to fight for their unalienated and legitimate rights, the Iranian teachers and educational workers have called for a sit-in protest in schools and educational centres across the country.
Devaluation of the national currency (Rial), the large gap between the wages and expenditures of families, soaring poverty in the society, social class-based education system, institutionalized corruption, and injustice, have all made a direct and devastating adverse impact on the livelihood, purchasing power, and job security of the teachers and educational workers, as have impacted other social layers.
The conscious and dedicated teachers of Iran have correctly recognized that the way to counter this situation is to escalate their struggle, and so they have announced a two-day sit-in at the schools on October 14 and 15 in order to express their protest and to advance their struggle.
According to media reports - this morning, Saturday 22 September - at least 25 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in an armed terrorist attack on a military parade of the armed forces of the I.R. of Iran in the city of Ahvaz, itself marking the 38th anniversary of the start of Iran-Iraq war. A number of the dead and wounded were civilians and ordinary spectators. The Tudeh Party of Iran condemns this terrorist act in the strongest terms.