Tuesday, March 01, 2005

The Real Martyrs

On February 18th, Ali Hassad Abd was returning home with his children. Along the way he was murdered in front of his children by insurgents. He helped lead the organizing effort to unionize workers at the al-Dorah refinery in Baghdad as U.S. troops surrounded the city in April 2003.

On February 24th, Ahmed Adris Abbas, a member of the Transport and Communication Workers Union in Baghdad, was murdered in Martyr's Square.

These men, along with Hadi Saleh, are the martyrs of Iraq's slow climb toward democracy. Their killers: scum.

For more on the dangers of trade union activity in Iraq, here's a press release from the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.