radiofarda – An Appeals Court In Iran has upheld the prison sentences of seven teachers for participating in nationwide tachers’ protests and strikes in October and November 2018 in North Khorasan Province.
According to a report distributed on social media by Council Of Teachers’ syndicates, a Revolutionary Court had sentenced the seven teachers from North Khorasan Province to a total of 41 years in prison as well as lashes, cash fines and deprivation from political activities.
On October 13, 2018 teachers across Iran staged a nationwide two-day strike in protest to low salaries and inflation in cities including Tehran, Mashhad, Tabriz, Isfahan, Shiraz, Kermanshah and Hamedan. On November 13 and 14 teachers went on strike once again, this time in most provinces. At least 15 teachers were arrested during the strikes.
The striking teachers said they wanted the government to observe its constitutional duties of providing free, fair, and high-quality education for all, as well as providing a respectable livelihood for teachers.
On December 17, 2018 security forces attacked a teachers’ gathering in Isfahan with tear gas. The teachers were protesting low salaries and the arrest of their colleagues in October and November.
Teachers’ have held protest rallies in various cities several times since January 2019 and scores of them who were arrested are awaiting their trials.