Thousands of Iranian Teachers Strike in Tehran (Video)

** Update: A Second Teacher’s Protest Was Held Today in Tehran!
Thousands of teachers rallied in front of Parliament for the second time this week!

An estimated 15,000 to 20,000 teachers protested against the government in Tehran on Saturday!
Winston carried the “Angry Teachers” news on Saturday.

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ISNA

Iran Focus Reported on the protest:

Thousands of teachers took to the streets outside the Iranian Majlis, or Parliament, on Saturday in an anti-government protest despite preventative measures by state security forces.

The protestors complained of rampant corruption and mismanagement in the Education Ministry and demanded their overdue salaries.

The demonstrators, some of whom held Farsi and English banners, chanted slogans including, “Oh teachers rise to end discrimination”, “If our troubles are not resolved, schools will be shut down”, and “We will not stay calm until we get our rights”.

They also called for the resignation of Iran’s Education Minister, chanting, “Incompetent minister, resign, resign”.

At one point the teachers began to chant “Come out Haddad, come out”, referring to Majlis Speaker Gholam-Hossein Haddad-Adel who has been accused of turning a blind eye to economic mismanagement by the hard-line government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Minutes after the protest began, a large number of agents of the state security forces swarmed around the Majlis building and prevented people in the vicinity from joining the protestors.

Video by Persian Warriors of the teacher’s protest:
(2:17 minutes)

Persian Warriors say the protests are spreading:

THE IRANIAN TEACHERS UNIONS FROM ALL ACROSS IRAN HAVE NOW ENTERED THE MARCH TOWARDS IRANS FREEDOM! IN THE DAYS TO COME WE SHALL WITNESS THE UNITY MOVE FROM THE WORKERS AND MANY OTHERS. PLEASE HELP THESE TEACHERS & THEIR FAMILIES FINANCIALLY AS THE MASS STRIKES START TO SET IN NATIONWIDE IN THE DAYS TO COME!!

Kamangir also has video and pictures of the Saturday protest.
Winston has more up on the Tuesday protests.
Michael Ledeen has more at Pajamas.

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