The House of Latin America

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The House of Latin America in Iran.


The book launch of Enghelab-e Venezuela, the Persian translation of Hugo Chávez Frías: un hombre, un pueblo (Marta Harnecker's interview with Chávez) by the House of Latin America in Iran

In mid-October 2010, a nongovernmental organization in Iran called the House of Latin America, or HOLA, invited several anti-imperialist organizations from North America to Tehran with the goal of building the movement against war and sanctions against Iran. Among those who attended were representatives of the International Action Center, ANSWER Coalition, Toronto Coalition Against the War, and the American Iranian Friendship Committee.

HOLA was started about five years previously to promote solidarity with the peoples of Latin America. Its activities have included organizing solidarity trips to Nicaragua and Venezuela, hosting a talk by Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, translating a book by Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, and facilitating a visit to Iran by the son and daughter of Che Guevara to participate in a commemoration of the 40th a anniversary of Che's death.

Now, as a result of the aforementioned meeting with North America-based activists, HOLA has set up a new campaign called Solidarity with Iran (SI) and initiated an English-language international appeal, detailing U.S. threats to Iran and defending Iran's right to develop nuclear power for peaceful energy purposes. [1]

February 4, 2012 demonstrations

U.S.-based "anti-imperialist and anti-war organizations" have called for protest demonstrations against U.S. aggression aimed at Iran on Feb. 4, calling it a “global day of action.” As of Jan. 26, the movement had grown to include protests in 30 U.S. cities, plus cities in four other countries.

The demonstrators demand, in a leaflet posted on a few of the endorsing organizations’ websites: “No war, no sanctions, no intervention, no assassinations against Iran.”

While the organizations involved have varied assessments of the Iranian government, they all see that any intervention by U.S. imperialism in the oil-rich Asian country is not only a threat to the Iranian people, but also a threat of a much wider war in Asia.

Activists in Iran are also concerned about these dangers. The Iranian organization called The House of Latin America has "been contacting its friends in the Western Hemisphere" to work toward actions on Feb. 4.

Workers World spoke with Sara Flounders, co-director of the International Action Center, one of the original organizations to call for the Feb. 4 action.

“We are pleased with the quick responses to our call for an emergency action,” said Flounders. “Different combinations of the endorsing groups have already called for actions in 30 cities around the United States. Each of these groups has its own political program and analysis of the world situation, but they have agreed to give priority to fighting against this new and possibly devastating war that threatens humanity.

“Sometimes people in the U.S. fail to see how serious sanctions can be. Those the U.S. and the United Nations carried out against Iraq from 1990 to 2003 cost the lives of more than 1 million Iraqis, including at least half a million children. So imposing sanctions is itself an act of war and a provocation to the Iranians.

“We have received tremendous international support,” continued the IAC leader. “At Shannon Airport in Ireland outside Dublin, the movement is holding a protest. There will be demonstrations in India in Calcutta and a few other cities. In Bangladesh, there will be an action in Dhaka. And in Canada, there will be a demonstration in Vancouver, B.C.”[2]