Thursday December 20 2012
HOPI: We stand by our principles
Hands off the People of Iran re-iterates its core principles
Off the People of Iran has been accused by some forces in the orbit
of the Iran Tribunal of abandoning its central political slogans and
effectively becoming an apologist for the Tehran regime. Hopi
categorically rejects these accusations. Our opposition to the IT
flows precisely from the principles embodied in our founding
statement - principles that uphold implacable opposition to both
imperialism and the theocratic regime. At the same time we
were - and remain - crystal-clear about where change must come from:
the struggles of the working class and the social movements.
criticism of the Iran Tribunal and the left organisations that have
collaborated with it flows from this. The refusal of this body to
stand against sanctions and the threat of war against Iran makes its
condemnation of the regime’s crimes - accurate though they are in
the abstract - an aid to imperialism’s plans and manoeuvres in the
region. Quite apart from murky questions to do with the tainting of
the IT through funding or indirect support, its silence on US threats
and the possibility of an Israeli attack provide a damning indictment
of the whole initiative.
protestations to the contrary, some of those on the ‘left’ who
have cooperated with the IT have effectively given up on the ability
of the working class to win fundamental change in Iran. Their
political decay and disorientation is illustrated by the agency they
now look to in order to defeat the theocratic regime: the stance of
the IT proves that, for these people, that force is now imperialism.
Others who have given their support in hope of raising awareness of
the crimes committed by the theocratic regime have done so at a
political cost that is too high. Whatever media interest has been
gained has been placed within the framework of strengthening the
imperialist arguments for deeper sanctions and the possibility of a
stark contrast, Hopi stands proudly by the founding principles we
adopted at our first conference in 2007:
No to any imperialist intervention. The immediate and unconditional
end to sanctions on Iran.
No to the theocratic regime.
Opposition to Israeli expansionism and aggression.
Support to all working class and progressive struggles in Iran
against poverty and repression.
Support for socialism and democracy in Iran and therefore solidarity
with all democratic, working class, socialist and secular movements
in that country.
Opposition to Israeli, British and American nuclear weapons. For a
Middle East free of nuclear weapons as a step towards worldwide