Statement by the Party of Labour of Iran (Toufan)
Condemn the Despicable Assassination of Chokri Belaid in Tunisia!
Chokri Belaid, a popular, prominent, and tireless fighter for the
freedom and independence of Tunisia was assassinated in front of his
house on the morning of February 6, 2013. Comrade Chokri was the
general secretary of the United Party of Patriotic Democrats (PUPD) of
Tunisia and a leading member of the Popular Front, a coalition of
democratic and left wing forces including the Workers’ Party (PT) of
The criminal assassination of Chokri Belaid is one among a series of
repressive acts and barbaric attacks against the activists of the
Popular Front that have been carried out for a while with the backing
and support of the Tunisian government led by Ennahda Islamic Party. As
Comrade Hemma Hemmami, the spokesperson of the Front and the leading
figure of PT stated: “The government as a whole is responsible for this
The barbaric assassination of Comrade Chokri Belaid reminds us of the
gradually increasing offensive acts of the reactionary forces of the
regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran, soon after they took power,
against the advancement of the Iranian Revolution and against the
secular and radical left forces in Iran.
Chokri Belaid strongly opposed the “elected” government of Tunisia
dominated by the Ennahda Islamic Party, the Party that was put in power
through conspiracy, deception, election rigging, and imperialist
The assassination of Chokri Belaid is a vile act that stems from, on
the one hand, the weakness and sagging power of the present reactionary
rulers in Tunisia and, on the other hand, the advances of the Popular
Front. The democratic and revolutionary forces in Tunisia are extending
and deepening their influence among the labourers, toilers, deprived
masses, and intellectuals. They are holding high the banner of their
national-democratic revolution. This has frightened the regime and
decaying forces. The assassins not only have targeted Comrade Chokri
and PUPD, but also have targeted all democratic and left forces, the
trade unions, the women organizations, all secular and progressive
institutions. All these forces were and are under the offenses of the
dark and reactionary forces backed by the Ennahda movement.
The Party of Labour of Iran (Toufan) strongly condemns the
assassination of Chokri Belaid and expresses solidarity with his
immediate family, with the United Party of Patriotic Democrats, and
with the United Front. We call on all revolutionary and progressive
forces of all lands to condemn the reactionary regime of Tunisia for
this despicable act and other ongoing criminal offenses against the
people of Tunisia.
The Party of Labour of Iran (Toufan) supports the struggle of the
Tunisian people for the continuation of their revolution. We support
the Popular Front, the force that is fighting for deepening the
revolution and establishing a national and democratic order. We
continue to expose the criminal Islamic regime of Tunisia headed by
Ennahda, a regime that is backed by imperialists and the remnants of
Ben Ali regime.
The Party of Labour of Iran (Toufan) supports the call by trade unions
and the Popular Front for general strikes, for dissolution of the
government, and for the formation of a new democratic constitutional
Long Live the Tunisian Revolution!
Down with Imperialism and Reaction!
Long Live International Solidarity!
The Party of Labour of Iran (Toufan)
February 7, 2013
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