Women teachers actively and extensively participated in nationwide gatherings in Iran called for Thursday, October 5, 2017, on the World Teacher’s Day. Iranian teachers demanded not only their own legitimate rights but also the release of imprisoned teachers and political prisoners.
The protest gatherings were held in Tehran, Yazd, Ahwaz, Shiraz, Mashhad, Tabriz and Gilan. The state-run ILNA news agency reported an estimated 500 teachers participated in Tehran’s gathering.
Teachers from Tehran and Alborz provinces gathered outside the Planning and Budget Organization while similar gatherings in other provinces were held across from the education departments in every city.
Teachers changed, “Free imprisoned teachers, workers, and students”, “a teacher’s place is not in prison”, “we want a salary of at least 4 million toumans, over the poverty line”, and “we will persevere until our demands are met.”
Mrs. Farangis Mazloum also participated in the gathering in Tehran to show her solidarity with the teachers. Mrs. Mazloum’s son, Soheil Arabi, is a political prisoner who has been on hunger strike for 40 days.