Teachers protest all over IranPublished by International Liberty on April 19, 2015
In almost 70 cities throughout Iran teachers protested on 16 April against oppression in schools and universities, as well as discrimination and injustice in the education system.
In the morning of April 16, tens of thousands of teachers in close to 70 cities across 27 provinces, concurrently held protest gatherings against oppression and injustice by the tyranny of the mullahs. This enormous protest followed the arrests of hundreds of teachers by the intelligence ministry agents and after threats that teachers who participate in protest gatherings will be expelled from their jobs.
Despite the threats, the courageous teachers of Tehran staged a protest gathering in front of the Ministry of Education. Security forces blocked routes to the site of protest and attempted to prevent other teachers from joining the assembly. Hebce a large number of protestors gathered in front of the parliament and chanted slogans including: “Imprisoned teachers must be freed”, “Criticism is forbidden, embezzlement is permitted”, and “Ranking is just a deception”.
Teachers in Kerman wore shrouds (symbolizing that they would give their lives to reach their demands) and took to the streets and shouted slogans against fraudulent promises by Rouhani’s government. On the same day, teachers in Shiraz, capital of Fars Province, chanted slogans against the regime of velayat-e faqih.
In the protest in Mashhad, teachers carried placards that read: “We demand improvement of educational environment befitting the children of Persia.”
In the cities of Boroujerd, Kermanshah, Esfahan, Ahwaz and Kurdistan Province teachers assembled in front of the education departments of their cities to protest suppressive measure by the clerical regime and demanded the resignation of Rouhani’s Minister of Education.
In other cities, teachers shouted slogans against the regime and called on all teachers to rise up to remove discrimination.