US occupation forces raid Iraqi union headquarters

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Statement of the Iraqi Federation of Workers’ Trade Unions (IFTU) About the Vicious Attack By the Occupation Forces on its Headquarters on Saturday 6th December 2003.
To: Workers and the Iraqi Working Class,
Iraqi, Arab and World Public Opinion,
Supporters of Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights all over the world.
The American occupation forces, using a force of about ten armoured cars and
tens of soldiers, attacked the temporary headquarters of the IFTU (at the
headquarters of the Transport and Communication Union, in Karkh district,
Allawi Al Hilla, Baghdad) at 10.30 am on Saturday 6/12/2003, and arrested 8
of its leaders and cadres, who were handcuffed and taken away to an unknown
destination.
The attackers ransacked and destroyed the IFTU’s possessions, tearing down
banners and posters condemning acts of terror, tarnishing the name of the
IFTU and that of the General Union of Transport Workers (on the building’s main
front) with black paint and smashing windows glass, without giving any
reason or explanation.

Temporary headquarters of IFTU after US raid. Note the smashed windows, torn banner, defaced sign


The IFTU, as one of the most important organization of civil society, that
includes within its ranks sons of working class, the builders of a new Iraq and
the Democratic future of Iraq, strongly condemns this unjustified terrorizing
act by the occupation forces which targetted trade unionist cadres and
leaders who are well-known for their struggle against the hated
dictatorship.
While calling for the release of our detained colleagues as soon as
possible, and condemning any attempt to launch a new attack on trade union
centres, or further arrests of trade union leaders, we stress that the Iraqi
working class will not forgive this attack which constitutes a blatant
violation of democracy and human rights.
We, therefore, call upon all the forces of goodwill towards our people, as well as arab and international trade union organizations, to take a firm stand
against this act, and to call for the immediate release of detainees, and
compensation for the damages inflicted upon our colleagues and IFTU
headquarters as a result of this aggression
the Executive Bureau
The Iraqi Federation of Workers Trade Unions (IFTU)
LATEST DEVELOPMENTS: The 8 trade unionists of the IFTU who were detained by US troops under the command of US officer named Kelly (or Kealy) on Saturday 6th Dember 2003 without explanation, were released on Sunday 7th December 2003 unharmed.
Pictures of IFTU headquarters and leading trade unionists of IFTU available from I.S.S.
Abdullah Muhsin, London Representative of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions
Mob’: 00 44 (0) 79 31 41 63 44