MEK Iran: Teachers Protest in114 Cities
On Monday, December 13, 2021, nationwide teacher demonstrations continued for the third day in 114 cities across 29 provinces. On the third day, the sit-ins and rallies on Saturday and Sunday culminated in street protests by hundreds of Iranian teachers demanding their rights. Women have a strong presence almost everywhere. The Iranian Teachers Coordination Council, which planned the rallies in advance, argued that the proposed budget for teachers in the classification legislation is insufficient and that the administration and parliament are only attempting to put something on paper.
Women have a strong presence almost everywhere
As per the council’s statement, the government has only allocated 25 trillion rials to the classification plan. As a result, only 12.5 trillion rials will be provided to teachers’ needs this year, with the remaining deferred until the next Persian year (which begins in mid-March) and subject to adequate funding. According to the regime’s own experts, the plan will require at least 50 trillion rials.
Despite being attacked by the State Security Force (SSF) in an attempt to disperse them, Iranian teachers took to the streets and congregated outside the mullahs’ parliament in Tehran and outside Departments of Education in other towns.
The IRGC forces stormed the teachers gathering
The SSF, plainclothes, and operatives from the Intelligence Ministry all sought to stop the teachers from convening. The repressive forces stormed the teachers’ gathering and attempted to disperse them, but they were forced to retreat in the face of demonstrators yelling “Shame on you.”Despite the SSF crackdown, teachers flocked to the streets in droves in Shiraz.
To prevent the protesting teachers from becoming a swarm, security forces in Mashhad escorted them inside the Department of Education’s building. Iranian teachers are demanding a wage increase of 80 percent of the Scientific Faculty’s salaries. Retired teachers want their compensation to be adjusted to reflect current inflation rates.
The arrest of teachers was also decried by IRGC
The arrest and detention of teachers were also decried by the speakers at these gatherings, who urged their immediate release. One of the most well-known inmates is math educator Esmail Abdi. Abdi, a member of the executive board of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, has been in prison since November 2016. He’s been accused of “gathering information with the intent to endanger national security” and “propaganda against the political system,” which is the regime’s typical charge.
On Saturday, December 11, 110 cities held their first and second days of nationwide teacher protests, while 70 cities held their second day on Sunday, December 12.
Teachers in Iran stepped up their state-wide protests
Permanently employed teachers earn an average of 4 million Tomans each month. Temporary teachers are paid between one and two million Tomans each month. They frequently go months without receiving pay, despite the fact that the poverty level in Iran is 14 million Tomans per month.
Teachers in Iran stepped up their state-wide protests in September to demand that their reasonable demands for acceptable salary and living circumstances be met. With incomes that are one-fourth or one-third of the poverty line, most instructors have a terrible time making ends meet.
(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Temporary teachers are paid between one and two million Tomans each month. They frequently go months without receiving pay, despite the fact that the poverty level in Iran is 14 million Tomans per month.
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