12 Detained and 30 Interrogated During Iran Teachers Strike
By Staff Writer
At least 12 teachers have been detained, while 30 more were summoned and interrogated, during the nationwide Iranian teachers’ strike that took place on this week.
On Thursday, November 15, the Teachers’ Trade Organizations’ Coordination Council published a statement on their Telegram account reporting the arrests.
The statement read: “Activists were summoned to the Intelligence Agency, Revolutionary Guards Corps Intelligence Department, Protection Agencies and Security Police in almost all the provinces that participated in the strikes. At least 30 activists, including Eskandar Lotfi, a member of the Iran Teachers’ Coordination Council, were summoned and interrogated, while more than 50 threatening messages were received by activists.”
The Council and other education activists report that the following protesters have been arrested:
• Mohammad Reza Ramezanzadeh, the Secretary of the Iran Teachers’ Trade Association in North Khorasan Province, who was arrested following a raid on his home on Monday. He had previously been detained following October strike and had only recently been released
• Saied Hagh Parast, Ali Forotan, Hamidreza Rajaie, and Hossein Ramezanpour, all members of the Managing Board of the North Khorasan Teachers’ Association.
• Activists Pirouz Nami and Ali Korushat were detained in Khuzestan Province. The Iranian authorities confiscated Nami’s phone and sent fake messages to other teachers cancelling the strike.
• Mohammad Robati and Ms. Vaezi, were arrested in Shirvan, northeast Iran.
• Mohammad Ali Zahmatkesh, Mohammad Kord and Fatemeh Bahmani were arrested in Fars and Arak.
In their statement, the Teachers’ Trade Organizations’ Coordination Council condemned the crackdown and arrests, while warning the Regime about the consequences of these arrests. They then urged the authorities to release the detainees immediately and unconditionally, as well as end the crackdown on trade unionists and the subsequent framing of them for crimes.
They said: “It is obvious that if the suppression continues, the Coordination Council deems necessary the right hold legal protests based on the constitution.”
Teachers in Iran took part in a nationwide strike on November 13 and 14 to demand better working conditions, higher pay, and the end to violations of the educational rights of students and minorities, just one month after their last mass protest.
The Council said that the second round of strikes were designed to pressure the government to carry out educational reforms and end mismanagement. The strikes were held despite threats from the Regime and the crackdown that the strikes were met with.
The second day of strikes took place in over 40 cities including Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz, Ahvaz, Mashhad, Yazd, Kermanshah, Ilam, Hamedan, Ardebil, Jolfa, Babol, Sari, Noshahr, Langrood, Karaj, Shahriar, Shahr-e Ray, Saveh, Sanandaj, Baneh, Saqqez, Marivan, Ivan-e Gharb, Sirvan, Chaboksar, Kazerun, Lamerd, Homayounshahr, Jam, Asaluyeh, Bushehr, Qazvin, Zanjan, Shahr-e Kord, and Charmahal-e Bakhtiari.