CHICAGO: Teachers and educators in Iran continued to protest in more than 100 cities this week against the mullahs’ regime’s oppressive policies that target educators, officials from the US-based National Council of Resistance of Iran said on Friday. United.
NCRI officials said the protests began on December 15, demanding better treatment of teachers and educators. Iran’s mullah-controlled parliament responded by introducing and passing a law that provides for a “classification” of teachers that protesters and the NCRI have called “misleading”.
In a resolution unanimously approved by the teachers’ groups, they vowed not to remain silent against oppression and arrests of teachers and educators.
“They demanded the unconditional release of all imprisoned teachers, an end to summons, questioning and the fabrication of cases in unfair courts against teachers. They pledged to do everything possible to support the imprisoned teachers, ”said NCRI President Maryam Rajavi.
“With their courageous protests today, Iranian teachers have shown that they will not back down despite the mullahs’ regime’s deceptive plans, threats and repressive measures. The teachers’ movement will continue until their demands are met.
Even if implemented, Rajavi said, the legislation “would not have met the minimum requirements for teachers.” Leaders of the protest called the bill a “dagger” for the freedom of teachers and educators and pledged to continue the protests.
Despite threats and repressive measures implemented by the regime in response to the protests, teachers staged a large-scale protest in Tehran in front of the Planning and Budget Organization and in as many as 100 other towns and villages in outside the local offices of the Ministry of Education.
The protesters chanted “free all imprisoned teachers”, “free all political prisoners”, “we have heard too many promises, but no justice”, and “livelihood, dignity is our inalienable right”, so that they were protesting against the regime.
In several cities, such as Tehran, Mashhad and Shiraz, repressive forces tasked teachers with dispersing them, but were forced to retreat in the face of resistance from teachers and chants of “you shamelessly”.
In Tehran, state security forces attempted to disperse teachers outside metro stations to prevent them from regrouping. But the teachers gathered in front of the metro stations.
Many teachers had been summoned by intelligence and security agents and warned against organizing protests.
In Mashhad, the SSF prevented teachers from entering or leaving the protest site. In Shiraz, the prosecutor’s office sent text messages to teachers, warning them against participating in the protest rally.
Rajavi urged young Iranians, especially high school and university students, to join their teachers’ protests.
“The first lesson of the Iranian teachers who have arisen is to be free and courageous in the face of the oppression of the mullahs. The teachers’ movement will continue until their demands are met, ”Rajavi said.
She added: “The protests demonstrate the determination of the Iranian people to overthrow the mullahs’ regime, which is the main cause of oppression, corruption, unemployment and poverty.
The scale of the protests thwarted the Iranian mullahs. Protests were reported in Shiraz, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Kerman, Ramhormoz, Marivan, Ardabil, Lahijan, Yazd, Qazvin, Ilam, Karaj, Hamedan, Arak, Mashhad, Ahvaz, Rasht, Bandar Abbas, Neyshabur, Bushehr, Tabriz, Qom , Khorramshahr, Kashan, Sari, Najafabad, Nowshahr, Javanrud, Sanandaj, Kazerun, Firuzabad, Golpayegan, Borujerd, Khorramabad, Zanjan, Semnan, Neyriz, Bahmai, Mamasani, Jahrom, Shirvan, Izeh, Malayer, Babol, Abutvan, , Darab, Lordegan, Mahshahr, Shahreza, Shahrekord, Sarbandar, Andimeshk, Bandar Khomeini, Pol Dokhtar, Lamerd, Sabzevar, Amol, Bukan, Bojnurd, Ferdows, Ashkanan, Nourabad, Aligudarz, Gachsaran, Azestari Eshyehin Shabataba , Gotvand, Behbahan, Bandar Ganaveh, Delfan, Sardasht, Semirom, Bijar, Bafgh, Qorveh, Dehgolan, Divanderreh, Shahrud, Torbat Jam, Chalus, Baneh, Farashband, Shahrbabak and Abhar, Rajavi said.