MEK Iran: Teachers Continue to Fight for Their Legitimate Rights
Despite the tight threat of arrest, Iranian teachers held protest protests in over 100 cities across the country on Saturday, February 19. The teachers conducted a rally outside the mullahs’ parliament in Tehran. They also gathered outside the Department of Education in their cities and other cities. Women were present in large numbers at all of the Iranian teachers’ protests across the country. Teachers screamed slogans and urged that all imprisoned teachers be released.
The demonstrators yelled cries such as “Raisi, Qalibaf, this is the final message, teachers’ movement is ready for an uprising,” as they addressed the mullahs’ president Ebrahim Raisi and Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, the speaker of the mullahs’ parliament. To prevent students and others from joining the protests of Iranian teachers, the State Security Forces blocked all highways leading to the gathering spot in most cities, including Tehran and Karaj.
They also confiscated teachers’ phones, preventing them from filming the rallies. The authorities escorted the protesting teachers inside the Department of Education in Rasht, the capital of Gilan Province in northern Iran, to prevent others from joining them.
At least six teachers, including some women, were detained by security and intelligence forces. Three female teachers were arrested in Alborz Province, according to the Teachers’ League’s spokesman, Mohammad Habibi. Shabnam Baharfar, Azadeh Mokhtari, and Zahra Ajorlou are their names. In their statement, they warned that if their requests were not satisfied, they would continue to demonstrate.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), praised the freedom-loving teachers. They have once again taken to the streets across the country, chanting, “This is the final message, the teachers’ movement is ready for an uprising,” in order to reclaim 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.” Hail to teachers in Shiraz, who teach the lesson of freedom to millions of students with their chants of “learn freedom, this is today’s lesson.”