Iranian teachers and educators held their nationwide protests for the fourth time this year, on Thursday, February 14, 2019.
Working and retired women teachers actively participated in this fourth round of nationwide protests, as they previously did.
Iranian teachers and educators demanded payment of their salaries, freedom of imprisoned teachers and free education for all children, among others.
In Kermanshah, western Iran, Iranian teachers and educators held a big rally outside the Department of Education in this city. Women teachers and educators had actively participated in this protest. They chanted, “Working and retired (teachers), unite!”
In Sanandaj, teachers and educators held placards which read, “One must cry for a society whose teachers are jailed.” Women held placards which demanded free education for all children in Iran.
The gatherings of Iranian teachers and educators in Mashhad, Urmia and Marivan were also held outside the Department of Education in these cities.
A number of teachers and educators were arrested in Urmia, as the gathering was held despite massive presence of security forces who feared spread of the protests. The number of troops sent to disperse and suppress the protest were more than the participants, an eyewitness said.
Iranian teachers and educators had held nationwide protests, strikes and sit-ins on three previous occasions in the months of May, October and November. The October strike was held in more than 60 cities in 26 provinces.
Teachers’ salaries in Iran are one-third of the poverty line, but most of the teachers are on temporary contracts and they receive even smaller wages, less than one-fourth of the poverty line.
Iranian teachers and educators have held at least 280 protests over the past year which is at least three folds greater than the 88 protests held throughout the previous year.