MEK Iran: Teacher Protests in More than 100 cities
The three-day teacher strikes across Iran reflect the country’s restlessness and the regime’s losing ability to control protests. Teachers began refusing to attend school on Saturday and conducted demonstrations across the country. Thousands of teachers gathered in Shiraz and Tehran to protest government policies and the regime’s refusal to meet their requests. Teachers are primarily trying to make ends meet and are demanding fairer pay, school reform, the application of classification rules, and job security.
Many teachers and education activists have been arrested
The teachers were chanting, “Rise teachers, defend your rights,” after seeing nothing but false and unfulfilled promises from government leaders. “No nation has ever witnessed such injustice,” “Teachers will die but will not succumb to humiliation,” and “We will not rest until we have our rights.”
Many teachers and education activists have been arrested in recent months for organizing and participating in protests. Teachers, rather than being frightened, have become more adamant in their protests. “Teachers don’t belong in prison,” “Imprisoned teachers must be released,” “Freedom-loving teachers, our only solution is to raise our voices,” and “Strikes, assemblies are our undeniable right” were among the slogans used during the three-day protests that began on Saturday.
Iranian society is suffering from the regime’s policies
The teachers’ demonstrations are in response to a concerted effort by the administration and the Majlis (parliament) to further undermine their rights. Teachers have been protesting for months, but the administration has only allotted a fraction of the cash required to meet their needs. The law has been submitted to the Majlis, and it is likely to pass. This will have a negative impact on teachers’ lives as well as the country’s educational system.
Many parts of Iranian society are suffering as a result of the regime’s policies, and they have no choice but to take to the streets and demand their rights through rallies. This set of protests is noteworthy because it follows months of intense protests by Isfahan farmers, who are also suffering from the government’s damaging handling of water resources.
Ali Khamenei: if they grow, they will cause earthquakes
The regime’s security forces attempted to disperse the protesting teachers in Tehran, where the gathering was staged in front of the Majlis, during the three-day demonstrations. The teachers, on the other hand, held firm, fought back against the oppressive troops, and continued their rally.
The regime has been dreading and warning about the developing protest movements among various parts of Iranian society in recent years.
“We have fault lines in society… if they grow, they will cause earthquakes,” regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei warned in June 2016.
The regime experienced the first of these earthquakes in a state-wide protest in December 2017, which was followed by similar protests in 2018 and another significant revolt in November 2019, in which people in nearly 200 cities demanded the mullahs’ control to be overthrown. In 2021, the dictatorship was also confronted with a series of significant protests that began as economic protests but quickly morphed into anti-regime demonstrations.
Every day, protests erupt in different sections of the country and throughout the social and economic spectrum, confirming Khamenei’s fears and warnings. Meanwhile, the regime’s ability to quell protests with violence is disappearing. As more people join the protests, the regime will be forced to deal with another huge social “earthquake” that it will not be able to control.
Raisi handed the budget plan for the upcoming Persian year to the Majlis. While the needs
of teachers, government employees, retirees, and millions of other Iranians are unmet in
the plan, the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) is being bolstered with a 240-percent increase
in its budget. The regime’s state-run propaganda apparatus is also receiving a 58-percent
boost to its budget.
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