At Least Seven Teachers Arrested During Nationwide Teacher and Educator Protests

On January 31, at least seven teachers were arrested and transferred to an unidentified location amid nationwide protests of teachers and educators. In response to a call by the Coordination Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Associations, the retired and working teachers and educators protested yesterday and today in numerous cities across the country.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on Monday, January 31, at least seven teachers were arrested and transferred to an unidentified location.

Mohammad Habibi, the spokesperson of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Associations, mentioned on his personal social media that have the following teachers were arrested during the protests: Ali Zahmatkesh, Asghar Amirzadegan and Ghahreman Kiani in Shiraz, Ahmad Heydari, Ahmadi and Davoudi in Tehran, and Jabbar Doosti in Mariwan

Yesterday, Shaaban Mohammadi, a member of the Kurdistan Teachers’ Trade Association was arrested in Mariwan.

Educator and Trade Union Activist Asghar Amirzadegan Sentenced to One Year In Prison

On December 17,  the Criminal Court of Firuzabad City sentenced Asghar Amirzadegan, an educator and trade union activist, to one year in prison. As an additional punishment, his Instagram page was removed and he was banned from using social media and messengers for two years.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Branch 101 of Firuzabad’s Criminal Court sentenced Amirzadegan in a trial in absentia. He was charged with “propaganda against the regime”.

On July 27, 2021, Amirzadegan was arrested and on August 15 was released on bail from Firuzabad Prison. According to an informed source, he was arrested when he went to a police station to take back his confiscated cell phone.

Earlier also in 2019, he was sentenced by the same court to one year and six months in prison on charges of “offensive statements against the regime’s authorities and propaganda against the regime.” On appeal, these verdicts for these two charges were suspended for 18 months and 2 years respectively.

Moreover, in 2018, he was accused of sending pictures and videos to anti-regime media abroad, a detained for two days before being released on bail of 30 million tomans (7140 USD). Later, the Public and Revolutionary Court exonerated him from this charge.