Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Feb. 22, 2019 - In recent weeks, teachers in numerous cities across Iran have been continuing their protest rallies seeking answers to their demands and launching periodic strikes in the process.
On February 14, teachers and educators in the cities of Mashhad, Sanandaj, Khorramabad, Marivan, Urmia, Karaj, Ardabil and … rallied outside their local Education Departments, protesting their colleagues’ detention, poor economic conditions, low paychecks and authorities’ delays in delivering their paychecks.
The main demands raised by these courageous teachers have been:
1) Being able to provide decent living conditions
2) Preserving the teachers’ dignity
3) Free education for all
4) Equalizing paychecks for current and retired teachers and educators
Of course, the teachers’ movement in Iran is facing a major obstacle in complete censorship by state-run media in Iran. All the while, reports coming from inside Iran indicate extremely poor conditions for the country’s education sector.
Teachers place in not in prison
For example, according to a state-run website, on February 5, a teacher in the city of Yasuj, southern Iran, was attacked and badly insulted. On the same day, a high school girl in Jahrom, south-central Iran, was shot and killed. School officials claimed she had committed suicide.
Teachers strike- Feb. 2019
Despite these hardships and the mullahs’ refusal to provide the deserved support for Iran’s education branch, this important sector of society have continued their protests against the regime.
May 10, 2018 - Teachers launched a nationwide strike reaching 34 cities.
October 14, 2018 – Teachers went on strike for two days in 103 cities throughout Iran, gaining worldwide press coverage.
November 13, 2018 – Nationwide strike by teachers in most of Iran’s provinces.
December 13, 2018 – Unannounced demonstration by teachers and students in Hamedan, western Iran, along with a similar rally by teachers in Kermanshah, also in western Iran.
December 20, 2018 – Teachers in the cities of Isfahan and Yazd, central Iran, held a large rally that gained the attention of the regime’s state-media. Isfahan’s teachers continued their protests for nearly a week and on December 27 security forces resorted to pepper spray and tear gas to disperse the crowd.
December 23, 2018 – Teachers holding a rally in Tabriz, northwest Iran, braving extremely cold conditions and continuing their demonstration despite measures by state police.
January 9, 2019 – In Isfahan, teachers endured the rain and rallied outside the regime’s Education Department.
January 10 – Teachers and educators in Isfahan rallied outside the regime’s Education Department seeking answers to their demands. On this same day, teachers in Ardabil, northwest Iran, also held a protest rally.
February 7 – Teachers in Isfahan held a rally near the city’s famous Zayandeh Rud River, seeking answers to their demands.
February 14 – Teachers launched a widespread strike across a number of provinces.
Teachers strike- Feb. 2019
Teachers throughout Iran have continued their 2018 nationwide strikes with ongoing protests and periodic demonstrations, keeping their movement alive and active, and continuing to raise major concerns for the mullahs’ regime.