Teachers launch national protests in 116 cities

Teachers and educators staged another round of their nationwide protests on Thursday, January 13, 2022. They staged their protests and rallies nationwide despite massive security measures and the heavy presence of security forces and officers in civil.

As of noon, teachers reported their nationwide protests in 116 cities in 30 provinces.

Women teachers participated extensively in national demonstrations.

In Tehran, they met in front of the parliament of the mullahs. In provincial capitals they gathered outside the general education departments, and in small towns and villages they gathered outside the education department.

Demonstrations and national gatherings of teachers had been called in advance.

Teachers stage a protest outside the Ministry of Education in Arak on January 13, 2022

In addition to Tehran, the nationwide protests were held in all 116 cities, including Tabriz, Jolfa, Urmia, Bukan, Sardasht, Miandoab, Isfahan, Homayounshahr, Shahreza, Kashan, Najafabad, Samirom, Ardabil, Karaj, Ilam, Abdanan, Genaveh, Shahrekord, Lordegan, Borujan, Mashhad, Neyshapour, Kashmar, Bojnourd, Shirvan, Ahvaz, Izeh, Andimeshk, Khorramshahr, Omidieh, Behbahan, Shushtar, Jayezan, Mahshahr, Masjid Solaiman, Zanjan, Abhar, Khodabandeh, Semnan, Shiraz, Arsanjan, Lamerd, Zarrindasht, Qazvin, Boein Zahra , Qom, Sanandaj, Saqqez, Bijar, Marivan, Dehgolan, Baneh, Kamyaran, Marivan, Qorveh, Kerman, Sirjan, Shahr-e Babak, Kermanshah, Eslamabad-e Gharb, Harsin, Yasuj, Gachsaran, Gorgan, Rasht, Lahijan, Rezvanshahr, Langroud, Khorramabad, Borujerd, Delfan, Pol-e Dokhtar, Dorud, Rumeshkan, Aligudarz, Sari, Neka, Chalus, Noshahr, Babol, Arrack, Bandar Abbas, Hamedan, Nahavand, Malayer and Yazd.

Teachers launch nationwide protests
Women teachers in Rasht, January 13, 2022

The teachers chanted: “Release all imprisoned teachers”, “Teachers, stand up to eliminate discrimination“We have heard too many empty promises, but have not seen justice”, “Government betrays, parliament supports”, “Teachers demand your rights”, “Teacher dies but does not accept the ‘humiliation’, ‘Will not drop from the rankings’, ‘Teachers are in jail, thieves are on the loose’, ‘Every teacher cries out against the oppression of the oppressor’, ‘Free education for Iranian children’ .

The regime dispatched a large number of plainclothes agents, the State Security Force and female agents to prevent the teachers’ protests from forming.

In Ahvaz, state security forces attacked and brutalized teachers. They arrested six teachers in Ahvaz, four teachers in Mashhad, three in Bushehr and several in Tehran and Shiraz.

Teachers launch nationwide protests
Teachers in Saqqez (left) and Chalus (right), January 13, 2022

Ongoing nationwide protests since September

In September, Iranian teachers stepped up nationwide protests to secure their legitimate demands for decent wages and living conditions.

In December, they held three days of nationwide protests in more than 100 Iranian cities.

Most teachers have very difficult living conditions with salaries that represent a quarter or a third of the poverty line.

Teachers with permanent employment receive an average salary of 4 million tomans per month. Teachers with temporary contracts receive between one and two million tomans per month.

In their nationwide protests, Iranian teachers demanded the implementation of the teacher ranking plan. In response to their widespread protests, the clerical regime rammed through parliament an incomplete plan on December 15, 2021, after more than a decade of dragging its heels. However, no budget has been allocated to implement the plan. Even if implemented, the small wage increase will do nothing to offer economic relief.

The poverty line in Iran is 12 million tomans ($445) and the official inflation rate is around 50%. Thus, with a maximum salary of 6.5 million tomans ($240), all teachers will remain 50% below the poverty line.

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