A Workers’ International Network meeting – January 2023
This week, WIN once again hosted the leading Iranian Marxist Aman Kafa, who gave an update on the current state of this movement.
The mass protest movement against the Islamic Republic of Iran has now entered its fourth month – a movement which has not subsided despite tens of thousands of arrests, hundreds killed (including children) at the hands of the security forces, an unknown number of maimed and wounded, and grisly public hangings. With young people and women at the forefront of the protest actions under the banner of “woman, life, freedom”, the demands for equality and rule by the councils have spread throughout the country to such an extent that even the ruling body is admitting that there can be no return to the pre-September situation. The regime can neither give in nor make the crack-down harsher, as either approach would further fuel the demand for its downfall. This is a revolutionary movement that rejects all the foundations of the reactionary Islamic Republic: a movement that is left-wing and socialist in nature and goes through its peaks and troughs but continues to build its momentum. So far, the attempts of the right-wing opposition to divert the course of this movement by forcing a change from above to keep the current state apparatus intact have all been flatly rejected. However, there is still much work to do to achieve the socialist agenda of this movement.