The recent wave of popular revolts is the clearest testament to the failure of such measures in providing any way out of the crisis of capitalism, except through even harsher exploitation of the working masses. Thus, the ruling classes everywhere find themselves increasingly incapable of finding any solutions that might curb this tidal wave of discontent. The current crisis in Iran may be complicated by certain factors, including inter-imperialist and geopolitical rivalries, but it is only a particular case of the same fundamental problem.
The current crisis only highlights the historical task facing the Iranian working class, as the only force capable of finding a way out of the present impasse while satisfying the needs of the popular masses. It can best rise to this task by strengthening the growing solidarity between the radicalising student movement and militant, working-class activists. The growing solidarity of students with the rising wave of strikes, as in the inspiring strike of the sugar factory workers of “Haft Tappeh” in Khouzestan, and their courageous participation in the May Day rally this year have already been great developments in this direction. The latest development on Wednesday – the bosses announcing an indefinite closure of the sugar refinery in an attempt to break the strike – highlights the inspiring potential of such examples of solidarity. They can certainly provide a solid basis for building towards a stronger working-class movement and organising a general strike.