Friday, March 13, 2015

IRAN: Repression against protesting teachers intensifies

In recent days, several teachers who participated in the Sunday, March 8 protest in the cities of Tehran and Karaj have been summoned by the courts and by the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and faced interrogations.
In particular, four members of the Teachers' Union in the city of Karaj (located at the west of Tehran) were summoned to the city’s "Revolutionary Court" and the regime's agents asked them to commit to no longer participating in union activities.
An informed source said: “Esmail Abdi, the Secretary General of the Teachers’ Union, was summoned by the MOIS and was pressured to resign. MOIS agents threatened that if he did not resign from his post, he would be sentenced to at least 10 years in prison.”
The source added: “A lot of teachers who participated in the protests were called in by the “Harassat” office of the Ministry of Education (the security body responsible for dealing with employees of that department).”
On Sunday, March 8, in different cities across Iran, teachers participated in rallies to protest against the very low level of wages and against discrimination in force at the Ministry of Education.

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