Iranian workers brutally flogged for striking

In a barbaric display of repression and intimidation, the Iranian Government carried out public floggings against 17 mine workers as punishment for them taking industrial action. The workers were employed at the Agh Dareh Gold Mine in Iran’s West Azerbaijan Province. They had been protesting against the layoff of 350 of their fellow workers. Solidarity actions to protest this punishment were organised in Toronto, Canada. Other labour activists are still languishing in jail, with some on extended hunger strikes. The Iranian government actions are an attempt to suppress an increasingly restive labour movement that is trying to improve its conditions.