Reported by PMOI/MEK
Iran, March 3, 2019 - On Sunday, teachers in at least 20 cities across Iran joined a countrywide rally to protest against the Iranian regime’s lack of response to their many demands.
Cities that have joined the protests include Tehran, Isfahan, Tabriz, Mashhad, Shiraz, Sanandaj, Karaj, Qazvin, Marivan, Yazd, Hamedan, Kermanshah, Babol, Iranshahr, Torbat-e Heydarieh, Jolfa, Saqqez and others.
Iranian teachers have been regularly protesting for their rights, especially in the past year as different segments of the Iranian society have been protesting against economic woes, government corruption and lack of political freedom.
Teachers in Karaj support nationwide protests by Iranian teachers
The teachers are demanding better wages, free education for all, respect for the rights of minorities and the cancellation of several government plans that further put strain on the already poor living conditions of the education workers of the country. As the Iranian regime is discussing the budget for the upcoming Iranian year (starting on March 21), working and retired teachers are complaining that not enough funds are being allocated to the education sector.
The protesting teachers are also demanding the release of several teachers’ rights activists incarcerated by security forces for defending the rights of underprivileged teachers.
Teachers in Qazvin support nationwide protests by Iranian teachers
It is worth noting that in the past year, Iranian teachers have been regularly holding demonstrations to achieve their most basic rights and demands. In 2018, teachers across Iran organized and held strikes on several occasions.
One three occasions, in May, October and November, teachers in several Iranian cities held strikes that lasted several days.
In December, teachers and students held undeclared demonstrations in Hamedan and Kermanshah at the same time. A few days later, similar protests erupted in Yazd and Isfahan and was met with large attention from online media. The teachers of Isfahan continued their demonstrations for several days even though security forces tried to quell them by cracking down on the protesters and attacking them with batons and pepper spray.
The continued bravery and courage of teachers spread to other cities. In late December, the teachers of Tabriz held protests and didn’t allow security forces to stop their movement.
In January and February, Iranian teachers continuously held protests in various cities. The current protests, which have been previously declared and organized on social media channels, will continue for three days.
As the demonstrations and protests join and gain momentum in several sectors of the Iranian society, the regime is finding itself less and less capable of maintaining its hold on power and stifle the voice of justice.
Teachers in Yazd support nationwide protests by Iranian teachers