Reza Shahabi is the Treasurer and member of the board of directors of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company. He has been imprisoned in Evin Prison for six months. At the beggining of December he went on a dry hunger strike but stopped, at the urging of his comrades, as his life was endangered.
Although his release letter was issued on October 11, 2010 and a bail of 60 million Toman (about US$57,000) had been posted for him by his family, he has not been freed yet. On the other hand, another bail application with the amount of 100 million toman was given simultaneously to Reza to sign.
This is his New Year's message:
To workers and workers' organizations throughout the world!
On the occasion of the coming New Year, year 2011, I would like to extend my congratulations to all my beloved co-workers and fellow-workers throughout the world.
While me and my fellow workers have been incarcerated due to our advocacy of workers' rights in Iran, and because of our demands for creation of independent workers' organizations in Iran, many workers' organizations throughout the world have rallied in our support, and have condemned the treatment we have received in jail.
Also, while I was on my hunger strike, I received a multitude of support from workers and their organizations throughout the world. I would like to acknowledge and thank all of you for your messages of solidarity.
Hopefully through our solidarity we shall be able to overcome all obstacles in achieving our goals of justice, freedom and equality, and through our daily efforts transcend capitalism and achieve what rightly belongs to us.
I wish for a day when all of us will be able to live a decent and humane life, without any wars or violence.
In the end I wish all of you a happy New Near, full of success, health and unity. I warmly shake all your hands
International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)