On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, some 200 Literacy Movement teachers converged from across the country to take part in a major protest outside the parliament in Tehran
concurrent with the presence of the mullahs’ president Hassan Rouhani in the parliamentary session to defend his three new ministers. The protesting teachers demanded determination of their employment status.
Also a large number of demonstrators who have lost their deposits with the government also participated in the major rally. They chanted:
Theft and corruption by the Ministry of Finance
This much embezzlement has turned Iran into Karbala (a killing field)
Rouhani’s cabinet was blind and did not see the theft
O’ Messiah, uproot this oppression
Shareholders of Padideh have only heard lies
Khorassan prosecutor set fire to our belongings
Those who claim to have faith, have betrayed all the time
The three branches of the government do nothing but red tape and whitewashing (their crimes)
Today is a day of mourning, because the nation’s life is insecure
We will not leave until we get an answer.
Protesters also held up a placard which read, “Building the country is the greatest crime in Iran, trusting the government is definitely a mistake.”