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Iran Protests, George Galloway ‘asks’, “Is the unrest in Iran payback for the country’s alignment with Russia and China?”

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Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi :”Set in 1980, the graphic novel focuses on her experiences of growing up during the Islamic Revolution in Iran.”

The Islamic Republic’s response to the wave of protests in Iran has got grimmer:

Iran protests: at least 450 arrested in northern province

At least 450 people have been arrested in Mazandaran, a northern province of Iran, during the last 10 days of protests, according to the province’s chief prosecutor.

Protests sparked by the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini have spread across the country. They have been met with internet shutdowns and violent repression.

The official death toll in the unrest is 41, while human rights groups say the true number is more than 75.

Amnesty International said at least four children had been killed by state forces since the beginning of the protests. It described a “harrowing pattern” of “deliberate and unlawful firing of live ammunition at protesters”.

People have not stopped protesting against the Islamist regime.

The cause is backed by the author the superb graphic novel Persepolis – made into a fantastic animated film.

International solidarity:

The Morning Star has had consistent and excellent coverage of the protests in Iran. Broad sections of the left internationally have backed the demonstrators, although you would not know anything this from Counterfire (pillar of the Stop the War Coalition), the pages of the US populist Jacobin magazine, its subsidiary, Tribune, and alt-left news sites like Novara Media and the Canary.

Perhaps the silent socialists are thinking along these lines:

Nobody is waiting to hear the result of this ‘poll’.

This is what we should back:


Written by Andrew Coates

September 27, 2022 at 3:57 pm

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  1. Is Galloway still pleading for money on his MOATS show ? He’ll literally thanks people on air for giving him a solitary pound. I guess the Russian and Iranian cash has dried up and the Chinese aren’t stumping up? Well over retirement age and a young family too. Tough times.


    September 27, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    • I expect that he is quite wealthy unfortunately.


      September 27, 2022 at 7:16 pm

      • It seems so, though his large personal fortune, is hard to estimate exactly.

        His main aim is self-publicity. I doubt if the Workers Party of Britain is much of a vehicle, its latest campaigning in Birmingham may well sink without trace.

        “The Workers Party, led by George Galloway is standing a candidate in the upcoming Sparkbrook and Balsall Heath East by-election.” (6th of October)

        Our candidate is Dr Phil Bevin, a local housing activist who previously worked for Jeremy Corbyn.

        The mention of China in his Tweet reminds me that Galloway has been appearing in the China state propaganda vehicle, Global Times, fairly regularly.

        For Europe, energy shortage is the last straw which will break the camel’s back: George Galloway.


        Andrew Coates

        September 27, 2022 at 7:53 pm

      • An internet search reveals bot results of anywhere between 1 million to 5 million net worth. Who really knows ? I did smile at this result from “wealthypersons.com” :

        “This itself has in both careers Galloway seems to be generating an impressive amount of money. His net worth is therefore estimated to be $35 million as of August 2022. To sum up, Galloway has proven that hard work pays.”


        P.S. Did he ever get that Tesla as damages payment from Musk ? He was threatening law suits against Twitter a few months ago over the “Russian State affiliated Media” tag.


        September 27, 2022 at 8:46 pm

  2. “Italy’s next PM Giorgia Meloni is a far-right leader who rallied against “LBGT lobbies” & so-called “gender ideology”.”

    Gender critical feminism gets repackaged by the far right. Again.


    September 28, 2022 at 6:49 am

    • Cynical attempt to link scepticism about things like children being prescribed puberty blockers and male sex criminals being housed in women’s prisons to the views of a fascist.


      September 28, 2022 at 5:58 pm

  3. Andrew Coates

    September 28, 2022 at 7:21 am

    • I thought that they were fighting “nazis”. I can’t keep up.


      September 28, 2022 at 4:55 pm

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