MEK Iran: Teachers Take the Streets in More than 100 Cities
Thousands of freedom-loving teachers and educators in Tehran and at least 100 other cities flocked to the streets again on Saturday, February 19, despite the worsening security situation. These demonstrations requested the release of imprisoned teachers outside the regime’s parliament in Tehran and in front of the regime’s Ministry of Education headquarters in other locations.
In addition to Tehran, the protests took place in many other cities, including Shiraz, Kermanshah, Yazd, Shazand Arak, Sanandaj, Langarud, Ahvaz, Behshahr, Khorramabad, Tabriz, Kerman, Rasht, Hamedan, Shush, Lendeh, Mashhad, Kuhdasht, Ardabil, Bushehr, Shooshtar, Khorramshahr, Shahrekord, Isfahan, Ghirokarzin, Zarrin Dasht, Semirom, Lahijan, Urmia, Javanrud, Marivan, Saqez, Sardasht, Ziviyeh, Ilam, Amol, Babol, Sari, Babolsar, Andimeshk, Baghmalek, Gachsaran, Zahedan, Zanjan, Najafabad, Yasuj, Qorveh, Chalus, Bojnurd, Zabol, Miandoab, Qazvin, Izeh, Shahinshahr, Delfan, Shirvan, Aran va Bidgol, Qasr Shirin, Eslamabad-e-Gharb, Harsin, Rezvanshahr, Borujerd, Aleshtar, Kazerun, Mamasani, Kamyaran, Shazand, Karaj, Darreh Shahr, Qom, Darab, Salas-e Babajani, Bijar, Abdanan, Neyshabur, Firuzabad Fars, Lamerd and Gorgan.1
“Raisi, Qalibaf, this is the final message, teachers’ movement is ready for an uprising,” the demonstrators chanted. “Political detainees must be released,” “The government betrays, the Majlis (parliament) supports it,” “Death to the liar (Ebrahim Raisi),” and so on.
In numerous places, including Tehran and Karaj, the regime’s oppressive security forces blocked the pathways leading to the protest sites, arresting individuals who wished to attend and confiscating their phones in an attempt to prevent the teachers’ protests and the public and students from joining. In Karaj, several instructors were abused and imprisoned. Protesters were escorted into the Education Department in Rasht, and others were barred from joining them.
The teachers warned that if the leveling of pensions is not implemented, and the government and parliament continue to pursue their plans to plunder the Teacher’s Reserve Fund, refuse to release imprisoned teachers, stop expelling defiant teachers, and refuse to drop their sentences, and continue to prosecute activist teachers, they will continue their protests in larger and more visible forms.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), praised the freedom-loving teachers who had risen countrywide once more with chants of “This is the final message, teachers’ movement is ready for an uprising,” to secure their inalienable rights. She went on to say, “Hail to women teachers who keep alight the flames of the teachers’ movement through their protests and defiance against suppression and arrest of protestors.”
Mrs. Rajavi emphasized that discrimination, poverty, unemployment, inflation, and corruption will continue as long as the criminal mullahs rule Iran. ” Ending religious fascism and establishing democracy and people’s sovereignty are the only solutions to Iran’s challenges.” According to her, “repression is never stronger than the unity of all Iranians in rising up for freedom.”