IRAN: Mass Protests by Retirees in Front of Majlis; Chants of “Imprisoned Teachers Must Be Freed”
Iran Uprising -No. 186
This morning, Sunday, July 22, a large crowd of retired educators and other retirees who came from different cities to Tehran rallied in front of the regime's parliament to protest for their demands. In addition to retirees, educators from the Literacy Movement attended this gathering to protest their low salaries and dire livelihood status. Hundreds of agricultural insurance experts who are barred from employment after 14 years of service were also among the protesters.
The protesters chanted: Leave Syria alone, think about us instead; Imprisoned teachers must be freed; We shall not give up until we get our rights; We have no food on our table, no more injustice and suppression; Our salaries in rial, but expenditures in dollar; No nation has suffered such an injustice; With one less case of embezzlement, our problems would be solved; Livelihood and dignity are our absolute right; Our enemy is right here, they are lying when they say it is the United States; Organization and gathering is our absolute right; Death to the tyrant; We cry against all this injustice; Our need today is livelihood and treatment.
By threatening other people, the repressive forces that were tightly stationed in the area tried to prevent them from joining the gathering and taking pictures and films. Retirees tore their wage slips and chanted: “this wage slip is not what we deserve”. They marched toward the Planning and Budget Organization while chanting: “Imprisoned teachers must be freed.”
At the same time, retirees of steel factories from Kerman, Isfahan, Mashhad, Mobarakeh, Zirab, Tabas, Semnan, Shahrood and Sangrood who have gone to Tehran staged a protest gathering in front of the Pension Fund of these factories at Vozara Ave. They are demanding payment of their salaries and health insurance.
The people looted by the Samen Al-Hojaj Institute also gathered in front of the institute’s office in Tehran and asked to receive back their plundered deposits.
In yet another development, retired educators in Mashhad protested in front of the governorate over their demands. They carried placards which read: "We want comprehensive and effective insurance; reduce embezzlement, solve our problem."
The Iranian Resistance salutes protesting educators, retirees and the looted, and reiterates that poverty, unemployment, and destruction of the environment is the result of the corrupt mullahs’ rule. The overthrow of this regime and the establishment of democracy is the first step for equality, justice and prosperity in Iran.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
July 22, 2018