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posted July 02, 2002 09:50     Click Here to See the Profile for AKosha     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

More than 500 have lost their lives. Who is Responsible?

In the early hours of Saturday 22 June 2002, an earthquake registering 6.3 on the Richter scale shook areas of Ghazvin and Hamadan provinces. There are no accurate details of the casualties and damages caused by this earthquake. Early reports indicate, however, that more than 500 have been killed, more than 1500 wounded and tens of thousands have lost their homes. The numbers of dead and wounded are growing. Many have still not been rescued from under the rubbles. In Ghazvin province, more than 50 villages have been completely destroyed and razed to the ground. Many villages in this region have been destroyed to varying degrees. Shock waves continue.

While earthquakes are a natural phenomenon, the same earthquake in the heart of London or New York with a much higher population density would not have resulted in even a hundredth of this quake's casualties. The reality is that technological, engineering and scientific resources are so advanced that it can identify an earthquake beforehand and control its destructive results. In a society in which the life of a human being is the least valued commodity and its government has executed over a hundred thousand for expressing their views and opinions, however, the culpable party is not nature but the ruling system. The Islamic Republic of Iran is the main obstacle to changing this system and improving the lives of people. As long as this system exists, the share of the majority is victimisation and deprivation.

The Worker-communist Party of Iran (WPI) expresses its deepest sympathy with the injured and the families of the victims of this earthquake and calls on international organisations and associations to rush to the aid of those in need. Simultaneously, the WPI holds the Islamic Republic of Iran responsible and culpable for the deaths.


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