John McDonnell MP will launch a new campaign at the Hands Off the People of Iran (Hopi) annual conference (details see below). This campaign will focus on the need to overturn the existing sanctions – as well as fight against any new ones.
Sanctions constitute a ’soft war’ on Iran. The programme of sanctions imposed so far has on the one hand strengthened the theocratic dictatorship in Iran whilst on the other hand has drastically worsened the situation of the vast majority of Iranian people. Whilst inflation and unemployment have more than doubled over the last 2 years, the Iranian regime’s expenditure on its apparatus of repression has quadrupled.
To make matters worse, the US president elect Barack Obabma has proposed a new raft of sanctions against companies exporting refined petrol to Iran – this again will hit the poor and the working class the hardest. Thus, they will disrupt and demoralise the very section of society that we look to for consistent anti-imperialism and internationalism.
Come along to our conference to hear arguments against sanctions and get involved in the campaign.
HOPI Annual Conference – December 13
11am, Caxton House, 129 St John’s Way, London N19 3RQ
(for a map, click here: http://www.caxtonhouse.org/index_map.htm)