United protests of teachers and academics in various cities across Iran

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News updates on the united protests of teachers and academics taking place in various cities across Iran on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

On Thursday, May 10, 2018, following a previous call by teachers and academics for a scheduled national protest gathering in Iran, protests by teachers, academics, and educators took place in various cities such as Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, Sari, Kermanshah, Marivan, Kazerun, Mamassani, Saghez, Mazandaran and more where employed and retired academics and teachers demanded their rights. Many of these protests turned to anti-government demonstrations as law enforcement offices and security guards attempted to attack and suppress the gatherings, but were confronted by the teachers and the Iranian public.

In Tehran – According to a previous call by the Council for the Coordination of Teachers Organizations, dozens of teachers gathered in front of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Iran parliament) in Tehran. The protest rally that began at 10 am local time, is still ongoing and the crowd is increasing. In the hands of the protesters, these manuscripts can be seen:
– Bread; labor; freedom; liberation in education
– We want a fair budget for education
– Access to better quality, free and fair education is the right of all children
In the teachers’ protest in Tehran, law enforcement officials attacked the protest of the teachers and academics who gathered in front of the planning and budget organization and beat up some of the teachers, especially female teachers who were in the protest rally. The security agents also arrested several teachers, including Mohammad Habibi, a member of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, who was recently released from bail. In addition to Mohammad Habibi, Ali Pirouz, Ali Zulfi, Mohammad Hassan Pourheh, Mohammad Taghi Falahi and two teachers from other provinces were also arrested during the teachers’ protest in Tehran. Teacher’s rights activist Rassoul Bodaghi, who was imprisoned in Iran for six years for his peaceful labor activism, was also arrested during the raid by security forces on Tehran’s teachers gathering in front of the program and budget organization. The brutal agents attacked the teachers and teared the eyelids of a female teacher.

In Isfahan – A group of academics and teachers of Isfahan gathered in front of the city’s education department. These teachers took to the streets after a nationwide call to protest the poor livelihood and low salaries of teachers and the failure of the Iranian government to meet their demands.
Isfahan’s protesting teachers held manuscripts with the following writing: We demand the elimination of any discrimination (ethnic, gender, religious, class) from the structure of the educational system.
The teachers also chanted slogans and said:
– Our salary is in rials, the expenses are in dollars
– We do not want an unworthy minister
– Esmail Abdi must be freed
– Free imprisoned teachers
– Independent and free association is our right
– Free education, high quality education, fair education

In Mashhad – Teachers and academics gathered at the Khorasan Razavi General Education Office as a response to the call for protest by teachers in Iran. Mr. Hashem Khastar, a civil activist and head of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association in Mashhad, was also in attendance at the protest gathering.

In Sari – The teachers, educators and academics gathered in front of the provincial education department and called for their and the students rights. The protesters had handwritten notes with the following slogans written on them:
– Free imprisoned teachers
– Salaries above the poverty line is the right of teachers and retirees
– Governor’s schools are the rights of students and teachers

In Shiraz – A large crowd of teachers from the Fars province gathered in front of the provincial education department. In this gathering, one of the protesters spoke of the plunder and robbery of government agents and elements.

In Kazerun – Teachers and educators gathered in front of the Education Management Department of the city. Teachers also held placards and notes on which they wrote: A teacher’s place is in the classroom, not prison. The protesting academics also chanted: “Imprisoned teacher must be freed.”

In Kermanshah – Teachers, academics, and educators gathered in protest in front of the Kermanshah Provincial Education Department. The protesting teachers held posters and placards in their hands and chanted: “To the government of ‘hope’, the teacher was disappointed in you.”

In Behbahan – Teachers and educators gathered in the city’s district education administration in response to the call for a national teachers’ gathering. One of the teachers wrote a handwritten note: The imprisoned teacher must be freed.

In Saqez – In response to a previous call by the Iranian nation’s teachers and educators to gather in protest to lack of the rights of teachers and and students, dozens of teachers and educators in Saqez also gathered in front of the provincial education and training institute. The protesting teachers held up posters and placards which stated their demands.

In Hamedan – A teachers’ protest rally took place in the city following a previous call for a national gathering. The teachers had posters in their hands with the following slogans written on them:
– Free imprisoned teachers
– The enemies of teachers are the enemies of this soil and water

In Homayoun Shahr – Following the call for a national teachers’ gathering, the teachers of Homayoun Shahr (Khomeini Shahr) gathered in front of the Education Department in the city, in protest to the bad livelihood situation and failure to address their demands by the Iranian government and authorities.

In Mahabad – In the wake of the previous call for a national protest gathering, teachers in Mahabad held a protest rally in front of the Deputy Director General’s Office of the Education Department.

In Marivan – Teachers, academics, and educators held a protest in response to a previous call in their city and called for the security forces’ attacks and assaults towards teachers in Tehran to stop. The teachers in Marivan gathered in support of their colleagues in Tehran, and condemned the arrests of the teachers and educators in Tehran and the violent crackdown by the oppressive Iranian officials in Tehran. The protesting teachers in Marivan held handwritten notes stating:
– We teachers Of Marivan condemn the violent behavior towards the legal teachers gathering in Tehran
– We condemn the assault of teachers in Tehran

In Mazandaran – A group of retired and current teachers in Mazandaran province protested against the non-payment of their salaries and wage arrears in front of the provincial Education Directorate in Sari. The protesting crowd also called for the release of imprisoned teachers. They also protested against their low salaries.

In Qazvin – Teachers and academics held a protest rally against the General Directorate of Education in Qazvin province following a previous call for a nationwide teachers’ protest.

In Qorveh – Following a previous call for a national protest gathering, teachers and educators in the city of Qorveh (Kurdistan province) held a protest rally in front of the education department of the province.

In Shahreza – Teachers, academics, and educators from Shahreza, Isfahan Province in Iran, held a protest rally following a previous call for a national teachers’ gathering.

In Sanandaj – In response to the previous call for a national teachers’ protest gathering, teachers and educators held a protest rally in Sanandaj in support of their colleagues in other cities of Iran and against their poor livelihood situation.

In Ziviyeh – Following a previous call for a nationwide teachers’ protest, teachers and educators gathered in front of the education administration in Ziviyeh (in Saqqez, Kurdistan Province of Iran). The protesting teachers held up posters and banners in support of the nationwide teachers’ protest and demanded their rights be addressed.

In Zanjan – Teachers and educators held a protest rally in front of the Zanjan province’s Education Office in responce to the previous call for the teachers’ gathering.

In Rasht – Teachers, academics, and educators from Rasht held a protest rally following a previous call for a national teachers’ gathering.

In Divandarreh – In the wake of the previous call for a nationwide protest, teachers and educators gathered in front of the management of education in Divandarreh (in Kurdistan province). The protesting teachers were carrying posters and placards during their gathering. On one of the posters was written: The teacher’s place is in the classroom, not in prison.

In Khorramabad – A protest rally took place in Khorramabad following a call by teachers across Iran to protest against the bad livelihood and low salary of teachers and the failure of the Iranian government and officials to address their demands. The protesting teachers were carrying posters and placards which had the following written on them: Effective Insurance is the teacher’s right.

In Tabriz -Following a previous call for a national teachers’ assembly and protest, teachers and educators held a protest rally in Tabriz.

In Bushehr – In response to the previous call for a national protest gathering, teachers and academics held a protest rally in Bushehr. In a symbolic movement against the education department, the protesting teachers laid down a large banner from the social justice of the Iranian government on the ground and held their prayers on top of the banner.

In Bandar Abbas – Around 11 am local time, teachers protested in front of the General Directorate of Education in Hormozgan province in response to the call for a nationwide protest by teachers.

In Arak – Following a call for a national teachers’ protest, teachers, academics, and educators held a protest gathering opposite the education department in Arak.

In Jolfa – A group of teachers and educators from the city of Jolfa in East Azarbaijan province responded positively to the call of the Council for the Coordination of Teachers Organizations and protested against their livelihoods as they entered the office of the governor in the city. The following sentence was written on the manuscripts that were held by the teachers in the protest gathering: “A teacher’s place is in the classroom, not in prison,” and “We disagree with any discrimination and injustice,” and “Release the imprisoned teachers.”

In Dehgolan – Teachers and educators from the city of Dehgolan, in Kurdistan province, responded to a previous call for a nationwide gathering by teachers and gathered in front of the city’s Education Department in protest to the poverty line situation of teachers.

In Bojnord – The teachers and academics gathered in front of in Bojnord’s Education Office in response to a call by teachers to stage nationwide protests. The security agents had besieged the teachers and did not allow any photographs and films to be taken by those present at the location.

In Mamassani – Hundreds of working and retired teachers and academics in the city gathered in front of the education department and responded to the previous call for a scheduled protest gathering, and protested against their poor livelihood and the abnormal situation of education in schools throughout the country, including in their own city. They installed a banner at the entrance of the administration with the following sentence written on it: “The teacher’s place is in the classroom, not at the taxi agency.”

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