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To the Iranian Opposition: Moving Beyond the May 9th Executions with our Continued Support

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To the Iranian Opposition

Moving Beyond the May 9th Executions
with our Continued Support

Friday, 28 May 2010

Dear Friends,

It may seem like Europe and the Iran are worlds apart, but they have often touched. The 2nd of June is the anniversary of events that give an excellent, though tragic example.

In June 1967 Shah Reza Pahlavi visited West Berlin to show his support for the free world. There were protests against the human rights violations of his regime which led to clashes between his bodyguards, strongly supported by the local police and students on the other side. A resolute baton charge got the protesters running, with the police in pursuit. In the courtyard of a housing block, officer Karl-Heinz Kutras caught up with theology student Benno Honewort and shot him to death at very close range.

Like other policemen, officer Kurras was acquitted at his murder trial. At that time no one suspected what was to be discovered after the collapse of Honecker's GDR in 1989; that the uniformed shooter was on the payroll of the East German secret service. To date he professes that the killing was ordered by his Western bosses only. Perhaps, but doubts remain. People taking politics into their own hands by telling the truth about an invited foreign head of state was and is a direct threat to the power of the 2% who rule. Does it make any real difference that some hide the truth behind quotations from Karl Marx while others use Milton Friedman to justify giving half of the world's wealth to 2% of its people?

The informal execution of Benno Ohnesorg took place on the evening of the 2nd of June. Soon a, let us say moderately terroristic, group adopted that date as its designation. Ms U. Meinhof was in Berlin that night and remarked to bystanders that the West German government a straightforward continuation of Mr Hitler's administration. Although she had clearly lost contact with reality she managed to organize an underground group that soon made the "2nd of June" movement look like a troop of boy scouts and kept some security agencies busy for more than two decades. It turns out that she too had close links with the East German secret service at one time. German history is very interesting.

This little discourse shows that Iranian and European politics have sometimes been entangled, making solidarity a pragmatic strategy as well as an ethical choice.

SID has been covering the case of Farzad Kamangar and other members of the opposition for two years. The executions of May 9th 2010 force us to review and renew or focus.

Please continue to send us material about repression in the Iran. We plan to republish much of it on our http://sidtu.org . Several other sites are doing this, but there is definitely room for one more on the www. According to our Internet Service Provider, our hits are by now totalling in the seven digits so that we can believe in a certain multiplier effect. Many of our readers work for the EU Institutions. Others struggle to survive in the Iran itself.

SID will continue to support the opposition in Iran. Count on us.

Best Regards,

Michael Ashbrook
SID president

Homepage: http://sidtu.org
Email: ashbrmi@pt.lu
Phone: 00352 691 31 99 71

S olidarity with those who work for their money
I ndependence from those who don't
D emocracy in all decisions taken by groups of sane, adult humans



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