NCRI - Thousands of stone-cutting workshops in Tehran and cities across Iran including Esfahan, Qom, Tabriz, Shiraz, Marvdasht, Mahallat, Khomein, Shahr-e Ray have discontinued their operations resulting in the layoff of at least 50000 workers who are now in overbearing living conditions. Some 5,500 out of the 6,000 stone cutting workshops in the country or over 90% have been compelled to close down due to high taxes imposed by the regime. (Tasnim News Agency, affiliated with the Quds Force – August 23, 2015).
Ali Asgari, Rouhani’s Deputy Minister of Economy and head of the tax affairs organization, threatened the stone cutters with judicial prosecution and importing stones from china.
NCRI - As the schools open and while noble and freedom-loving teachers prepare themselves for their nationwide gathering and protest on the International Teachers Day on October 5, suppressive measures against teachers’ activists have intensified.
On 6 September 2015, Iranian regime’s intelligence elements arrested teachers’ activist Mr. Mahmoud Beheshti Langeroudi and confiscated some of his personal belongings at his home. A day prior to his arrest (on September 5), he had raised teachers’ issues and demands with Mohammad Bagher Nobakt, speaker of Hassam Rouhani’s government.
Ms. Soheila Sadeq, Chair of the Education Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, expressed her deep sorrow for the shocking self-immolation of a freedom-loving teacher Mr. Mansour Kayhani and offered her condolences to his honorable family and the people of Kermanshah and the country’s educators. She called on the Iranian people to rise in support and solidarity with the country’s educators and to protest against the unbearable conditions that the Iranian regime has imposed on this hardworking section of the society.
NCRI - In the last week of August, various groups of people in cities across Iran have carried out at least 48 acts of protest against oppression, lack of pay, tax extortion, rising student fees, terrible lack of basic needs such as water, and theft of property by marauder organizations associated with the clerical regime's leaders, and in solidarity with those arrested.
Teachers’ Protest Gathering – No. 4
NCRI – Iranian teachers who held a protest gathering outside the regime’s parliament on Wednesday carried signs reading: “Hungry for how much longer?”, “Imprisoned teachers must be freed”, “Teachers rise up to end prejudice”, “Bread, Housing, Respect”, “More Education: & knowledge = less pay & less respect” and “More experience – less pay!”.
The teachers succeeded in holding the protest in Tehran and a number of cities across Iran despite the fact that the regime employed extensive repressive suppressive measures and had threatened the teachers.
Teachers’ demonstration – No. 2
Iranian teachers from nearly two dozen cities travelled to Tehran to joint protest
NCRI - The number of those arrested in Wednesday’s teachers’ protest gathering in Tehran has reached 200. Many of those arrested are teachers from other cities such as Mashhad, Mahabad, Yazd, Kohkilouyeh, Marivan, Delfan Khomain, Isfahan, Kerman, Shahreza, Anzali, Sabzevar, Robat Karim, Pakdasht, Sanandaj, Qazvin, Shahr-e Kord, Karaj, Hamedan, Oromieh, Sari,… who had come to Tehran and were arrested in the attacks by the suppressive forces.
Teachers’ protest gathering – No. 1
NCRI- On Wednesday, July 22, a large group of teachers and educational workers gathered in front of Iranian regime’s parliament. The gathering was in protest to the arrest of a number of teachers and the trampling of their minimum rights by the religious fascism ruling Iran. Groups of teachers from various cities across the country had come to Tehran to join in the protest.
In order to prevent this gathering, from early morning hours the suppressive forces cordoned off the area. They closed down streets leading to this area and disrupted communications. They would arrest anyone who was carrying a cell phone or seen taking pictures.