More teachers arrested on the verge of International Teachers DayPublished by International Liberty on September 8, 2015
As teachers prepare themselves for a nationwide gathering and protest on 5 October, the International Teachers Day, suppressive measures against activist teachers have intensified.
On 6 September intelligence elements arrested Mr Mahmoud Beheshti Langeroudi and confiscated some of his personal belongings at his home. On 5 September, the day before his arrest, Mr Langeroudi he had raised teachers’ issues and demands with Mohammad Bagher Nobakt, speaker of Hassam Rouhani’s government.
On 31 Augus, two other teachers, Mohammadreza Neiknejad and Mehdi Bohlouli, were arrested. According to teachers’ association the apprehended teachers are “guilty” for “defence of teachers’ rights”, “advising observance of pupils’ rights”, and “opposition to turning education into a trade”.
Also Esmail Abdi, Rasoul Bodaqi and Aliakbar Baghbani continue to languish in prison on fabricated charges of “propaganda against the system” and “activities against the national security”. Mr Bodaqi is being held in prison despite the fact that his sentence is over.