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Teachers across Iran resume protests over low pay, suppression

Protests by teachers in Sanandaj, Kurdistan
Protests by teachers in Sanandaj, Kurdistan

Reported by PMOI/MEK

 

Iran, Feb. 15, 2019 - On Thursday, teachers in several Iranian cities held demonstrations in protest to the Iranian regime’s suppression of activists, poor work conditions and low pay, among other demands.

Teachers and retired educators in Ardebil, Kermanshah, Marivan, Mashhad, Urmia and Sanandaj held rallies in tandem and called on the regime to respond to their demands, which they’ve been reiterating regularly for most of the past year.

One of the main demands of the teachers is the release of teacher activists from prison. On Thursday, the teachers were holding placards that read, “In a country where teachers are behind bars, we can only weep blood.”

According to reports, the Iranian regime had dispatched plainclothes agents and suppressive forces to disperse protesters in various locations.

 

Protests by teachers in Urmia

Protests by teachers in Urmia

 

The teachers are also protesting against low wages and pensions, especially as the rial, Iran’s national currency has plummeted in the past year. Teachers earn less than $100 a month based on free-market exchange rates, which isn’t even enough to make ends meet and below the poverty rate declared by the regime itself. Rising prices and government corruption have also made conditions worse for teachers and other communities across Iran.

The teachers are also demanding free education for the young generation and the right for minorities to teach in their own language.

Protests by teachers in Urmia

Protests by teachers in Urmia

 

In the past months, teachers have been regularly protesting for their demands despite the Iranian regime’s violent and repressive measures. The teachers of Iran are very well organized and can quickly rally protests across several cities, which is further causing fear and consternation among regime officials.

Teachers and students in several held strikes on at least three occasions in 2018. Security forces have cracked down on protesting teachers in several cases, but they have not succeeded in weakening the resolve of the hard-working teachers who want nothing more than better opportunities for the future generations of the country.

 

Protests by teachers in Sanandaj

Protests by teachers in Sanandaj

 

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