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Iranian trade unionist kidnapped

Issue No. 2059

Mansour Osanloo, the President of the Syndicate of Workers of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (Sherkat-e Vahed) was kidnapped on 10 July in Tehran, Iran by unknown assailants.

Osanloo was getting off a bus on his way home, when he was assaulted by the unidentified kidnappers, who yelled at the passengers to stay away and called him a “hoodlum and a thug”. They then forced him into an unmarked Peugeot which then drove away.

Witnesses on the bus say that he was beaten severely, and his attackers continued to beat him even after they had stuffed him into the car.

David Cockroft, General Secretary of the International Transport Federation, reacted strongly to news of Osanloo's kidnapping, “On behalf of its five million transport workers affiliated to the ITF, we condemn this cowardly act. We demand an immediate and unconditional release of Mansour Osanloo.

'ITF affiliates and the global trade union leaders who met him at the recent ITUC General Council meeting in Brussels, and the International Labour Organisation will all protest against this blatant violation of human and trade union rights and will take whatever action is necessary to secure the immediate release of Mansour Osanloo”.

See also » Iranian bus strike: for workers and against empire

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Wed 11 Jul 2007, 17:07 BST
Issue No. 2059
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