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Four killed in protest by striking workers in Iran
Sunday, January 25, 2004 - ©2003 IranMania.com
TEHRAN, Jan 25 (AFP) -- Four people were killed and many others seriously injured when security forces clashed with striking workers at a copper factory in southeastern Iran, an MP said Sunday.
Mansur Soleymanni Meymandi told parliament that helicopters carrying special police units were sent in to break up the protests in the village of Khatunabad, near Shahrebabak, in southeastern Kerman province.
Workers had downed tools a few days earlier to support their demands for permanent contracts, the reformist deputy said.
Special forces attacked the village and the clashes spread to Shahrebabak, where four people were killed, he said.
Meymandi criticised the authorities for failing to handle the crisis, saying police had launched an "illegal operation which humiliated people," and called on President Mohammad Khatami and parliament speaker Mehdi Karubi to intervene.
Trade unions have no bargaining power in Iran, where the right to strike does not exist. http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=21968&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs
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