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Teachers Assaulted by Regime Forces during Peaceful Protest in Tehran

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Teachers’ Day Protests across Iran asking for their colleagues that had been imprisoned during previous demonstrations to be released.

On Thursday, Iranian teachers in Tehran taking part in a peaceful protest in recognition of Teachers’ Day were attacked by security forces. The teachers had gathered outside of the Ministry of Education building in response to a nationwide call to protest from teachers unions.

The protesting teachers and educational support workers carried handmade signs reading: “Imprisoned teachers must be freed.”

“Imprisoned workers must be freed.”

“Your pain is our pain, people must rise up and join us.”

Teachers’ Day demonstrations took place in dozens of Iranian cities on Thursday, as Iran’s teachers used the annual holiday to renew their demands for better pay, benefits, and working conditions; to call for free, quality education for every child; and to once again demand the release of their jailed colleagues.

Nationwide Protests

Protests took place in the cities of Isfahan, Divandareh, Tabriz, Mallard, Karaj, Hamedan, Kermanshah, Sanandaj, Qazvin, Marivan, Urmia, Yazd, Homayounshahr, Sari, Khorrmabad, Mahabad, Mashhad, Torbat-e Heydarieh, Kurdistan, Ardebil, and Javanroud, according to MEK sources inside Iran. Teachers in a number of cities are believed to have joined the protests after the MEK prepared the initial list. Teachers in these cities gathered outside of their local Ministry of Education buildings to protest.

 

Teachers and educational support workers in Kermanshah chanted, “Majlis [the regime’s parliament] and the government do not care about the teachers.”

 

Teachers in Hamadan held handmade signs reading: “Imprisoned teachers must be freed.”

 

“Stop privatizing schools and education.”

“Children must receive a free and quality education.”

“We demand decent pay for our work.”

Teachers in Mallard carried posters and placards which read: “Free education is the right of every child.”

“We demand salary and wages above the poverty line for teachers and pensioners.”

Unanswered Demands

Iranian teachers have protested dozens of times over the past year in response to substandard pay and working conditions and lack of freedom to advocate for themselves and their students. Iran’s teachers launched nationwide strikes in October 2018, November 2018, and March 2019. The regime refuses to address their concerns and arrested many of the organizers of the strikes.

 

The teachers have made a list of their unmet demands, which include:

 

  • better wages;
  • free education for every child;
  • respect for the rights of minorities;
  • the cancellation of several government plans that push Iranian education workers further into poverty;
  • an end to temporary contracts.

 

Thursday’s attack comes a day after 35 protesters were arrested by Iranian security forces while participating in a peaceful demonstration in honor of International Labour Day.

Maryam Rajavi’s Response

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) saluted the protesting teachers for standing up against the repressive regime and its forces. She tweeted:

 

“Teachers’ protests and their stand against repressive rgm forces showed public anger & disgust at religious dictatorship and demand for change; ‘People join us, our problem is your problem,’ ‘Teachers are imprisoned, extortionists are free’
#Iran”

 

She also called on international human rights groups and teachers’ unions to take action to secure the release of imprisoned teachers in Iran, tweeting:

“I call on #Iran people, especially students, to support teachers and their rightful demands. International human rights orgs & teachers unions worldwide should condemn clerical rgm & take urgent action to freed detained and imprisoned teachers”.

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MEK-Iran: Teachers’ Day Marked by Nationwide Protests in Iran

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Teachers take it to the streets on Teacher’s day, to express their outrage on the terrible condition of teachers under the ruling regime.-May 2, 2019

On Thursday, May 2nd, educators in dozens of cities across Iran answered a nationwide call to protest in recognition of Teachers’ Day. Teachers gathered in front of local Ministry of Education offices and demonstrated in the streets in protest of low wages, poor benefits and working conditions, the inability to form labor unions, and the imprisonment of activist teachers. Protests took place in the cities of Tehran, Torbat-e Heydariyeh, Sanandaj, Urmia, Yazd, Hamedan, Divandareh, Mallard, Tabriz, Qazvin, Javanrood, Ardebil, Kermanshah, Homayounshahr, Sari, Khorramabad, Marivan, Mahabad, Karaj, Mashhad, and many others.

Protest in Hamadan

 

Teachers in the city of Hamadan held handwritten signs reading: “Imprisoned teachers must be freed.”

“Stop privatizing schools and education.”

“Children must receive a free and quality education.”

“We demand decent pay for our work.”

One of the protesting teachers at the Hamadan rally gave a speech to the assembled demonstrators.

Protest in Kermanshah

In the city of Kermanshah, teachers and educational support workers held a gathering in honor of Teachers’ Day. The teachers chanted: “Majlis [the regime’s parliament] and the government do not care about the teachers!”

Protests in Tehran

 

In the capital city of Tehran, teachers and educational support workers gathered in front of the Ministry of Education building to protest. They carried handwritten signs reading: “Imprisoned teachers must be freed.”

“Imprisoned workers must be freed.”

“Your pain is our pain, people must rise up and join us.”

Protests in Mallard

 

In Mallard, Tehran Province, teachers, and educational support workers held a rally in honor of Teachers’ Day. They carried posters and signs reading: “Free education is the right of every child.”

“We demand salary and wages above the poverty line for teachers and pensioners.”

A number of other cities are reported to have joined in the nationwide protests as well.

Maryam Rajavi’s Remarks

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), issued a call to the Iranian people to support the protesting teachers. She also asked human rights groups and international teachers unions to take action to free teachers who have been detained and imprisoned by the Iranian regime.

Mrs. Rajavi tweeted some of the chants heard at Thursday’s protests, noting that their anger reflects a desire for change. She wrote:

“Teachers’ protests and their stand against repressive rgm forces showed public anger & disgust at religious dictatorship and demand for change; ‘People join us, our problem is your problem,’ ‘Teachers are imprisoned, extortionists are free,’
#Iran”
She also saluted the protesting teachers in cities across Iran, tweeting:

“Hail to protesting teachers in Tehran, Mashad, Kermanshah, Tabriz, Sanandaj, Yazd, Ourumieh, Qazvin, Karaj, Hamedan, Ardebil, Esfahan, Sari, Khoramabab, Rasht, Ilam, Mahabad, Shiraz & Arak who chanted ‘Imprisoned teachers must be freed” &“Workers, Teachers, Unite’ #Iran”

Iranian teachers took part in a number of protests last year, including multiple nationwide strikes, and their demands have been ignored by the regime. Many of the teachers responsible for organizing the protests have been arrested and imprisoned, and their colleagues have repeatedly called for their release, as well as the release of colleagues who have been imprisoned for their participation in labor unions.

 

The MEK supports fair labor practices for teachers and all workers and has called for the release of these political prisoners and an end to the repressive regime responsible for their imprisonment.

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Iran: Jailed Teachers Criticize Regime in Open Letter on World Teachers Day

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Teachers in Iran are being suppressed and denied their rights, including a fair pay. Many teachers have been arrested and are imprisoned as a result.

October 5th marked the 70th anniversary of the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that established education as a fundamental right. It was also World Teachers Day, a day set aside to honor teachers and their valuable contributions to the future of society.

On this occasion, imprisoned Iranian teachers Esmail Abdi and Mahmoud Beheshti Langeroudi, both of whom are currently detained in Evin Prison, penned an open letter to Iran’s teachers.

The two educators wished Iranian teachers a happy World Teachers Day and then described the ways that teachers’ rights have been trampled by the Iranian regime. They wrote that “the right to independent unions, separated from the government and political parties, the right to protest and go on strike and practice freedom of speech which is the minimum rights of teachers and wage earners have been violated for years by all the administrations of the Islamic Republic.”

Esmail Abdi, a 44-year-old high school teacher, and Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi were both members of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association (ITTA). Abdi was Secretary General of the organization before he began his six year prison term. Langroudi was the ITTA’s spokesperson. He was given a five-year prison sentence for “assembling and colluding against national security” and “spreading propaganda against the state.”

MEK sources inside Iran report that teachers live under the poverty line and that those who form unions to stand up for their rights are jailed and prosecuted. According to human rights advocates, a number of teachers are currently imprisoned for exercising their right to protest.

On World Teachers Day, activists held a protest to help draw attention to the plight of these imprisoned teachers. A video on social media shows a female teacher with a sign saying, “Esmail Abdi must be released.” Other protesters can be seen in the video holding pictures of jailed Iranian teachers.

“Every year, the budget ratified for education only suffices to pay for basic expenses and the teachers’ salaries, which are already half the poverty line,” said teachers’ activist Mojgan Bagheri in a September 26th interview with the state-run Salamat News website.

Seyed Mohammad Javad Abtahi, member of the regime’s Parliament’s Education and Research Committee agreed, adding, “The livelihood of teachers hired by the Education Ministry is also far from decent. Teachers are struggling to earn their living and at the same time fulfill their professional obligations… In a good educational system, teachers must enjoy the most value and importance… However, this has not happened for Iranian teachers and they face a plethora of problems, particularly economic problems.”

Teachers in Iran are paid poverty wages, and most work on temporary contracts. Teachers do not receive benefits, and they frequently go for months without receiving their salaries.

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