MEK: Retirees and Teachers Protests
Retirees and teachers protest
On Sunday, May 16, 2021, retirees and pensioners, as well as the teachers of the “literacy movement,” staged a protest in Tehran and 14 other cities against the dire economic situation, below-poverty-line salaries, and the regime’s failure to meet their minimum demands.
Repressive forces including the State Security Force (SSF) and Plainclothes agents attempted to prevent these gatherings outside the social security agency branches.
Protest across Iran
In addition to Tehran, the protest gatherings were held in Tabriz, Mashhad, Kermanshah, Khorramabad, Ardebil, Ilam, Shiraz, Karaj, Kerman, Isfahan, Arak, Ahvaz, Borujerd, and Lahijan.
Despite repressive measures, the “literacy movement” teachers also held protest rallies in Tehran, Ahvaz, Ilam, and Tabriz. Their gathering in Tehran lasted until noon. Another group of protesting teachers gathered in front of the Ministry of Education in Tehran.
Their slogans included: “We will no longer vote, we have heard too many lies,” “We will not rest until we get our rights,” “We will not leave until we reach our demands.”
Maryam Rajavi message
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), saluted the protesting teachers and retirees who chanted, “We will no longer vote, we have heard too many lies,” “We will not rest until we get our rights.” She said: The continuous protests and uprisings of the retirees, teachers, workers, and laborers, bespeak of the unflinching resolve of the Iranian people to confront an illegitimate and criminal regime. Supporting the protesters is a nationalistic and patriotic duty.