At Least Dozens of Teachers Arrested During Nationwide Protests

On Thursday, May 13, 2022, during the teachers’ protests in various cities across the country, several dozens of protestors were arrested. In Yasuj City, security forces arrested more than 20 protestors.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on Thursday, May 13, 2022, more than 20 teachers were arrested during the protests in Yasuj.

In the protest, some of the individuals who were arrested were identified as Yaghoub Zare, Rahim Zare, Hajir Hojjati, Khadigeh Mobaraki, Behnam Asef-Jah, Kourush Jalil, Saeed Taheri, Soraya Aghai, Sasan Zarghampour. Moreover, Masoumeh Dehghan, Masoud Farhikhteh, Jaleh Roohzad and Lotfollah Jamshid in Tehran, Masoud Nikkhakh in Mariwan, and Siamak Chehrazi in Ahvaz were arrested.

On Thursday, in response to the call of the Coordinating Council of the Iranian Teachers’ Union, both retired and working teachers in dozens of cities held protests in front of the Ministry of Education in several cities and across from Iran’s Parliament in Tehran. The protestors chanted slogans in support of the detained teachers.

According to reports obtained by HRANA, many individuals other than teachers had also joined the protests. The government has tightened security measures around the country’s main streets to prevent such protests.

HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, a number of protests took place this week in Iran. Read our recap below for details, photos, and videos from the demonstrations


Saturday, May 7

A group of ranchmen in various cities such as Shahroud, Qazvin, Isfahan, Arak, Qom, Shiraz, Yazd, Kerman and Mashhad gathered and protested before the building of the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad in each city. In Shiraz, the protestors rallied in the streets after gathering.

They chanted “livestock in Rials, the expenditures in dollars”, and “ranchmen are bankrupt.” to protest against the high prices of animal and poultry feed.

In response to a call for protest against inflation and surging prices in media, in Khuzestan Province, people in Shadegan, Susangerd and Izeh demonstrated. In this regard, in Susangerd, at least 20 people were arrested by security forces. in Izeh City, The police used tear gas to crack down on the protests.

A group of residents of the village Sheykh Taqqeh in Kurdistan Province held protests in their village against destroying farming lands for setting up factories.

They said: “Instead of using the place of Zagros Steel Company which shut it down under various pretexts, now they want to destroy farmlands to set up a factory. The closed factory location suits best this new factory. It is already equipped with gas and water and is near the railway. We are wondering why they want to build the factory on our farmlands.”

A number of staff of the contractor companies who are working for the Ministry of Energy gathered before the Administrative and Recruitment Affairs Organization in Tehran to demand official contracts with the Ministry. They argued that according to the regulations and enactments, all employees who have been recruited through passing the National recruitment exams should receive official employment contracts with government organizations of the Ministry of Energy.

A group of workers of the Coal Mining Galanderoud in Mazandaran Province held protests before the Iranian Mining Products and Supplies Company in Tehran.

According to the protestors, the employer forces them to come under contract with the contractors rather than the company itself.

The workers of contractor companies who are working as welders in Gas Tank Manufacturing projects as well as the Electrical and instrumentation workers working for Gachsaran Petrochemical Company went on strike. They asked for unpaid wages, the end year bonuses and a work schedule of 20 days on/10 days off.

Sunday, May 8

A number of retired workers of Haft-Tappeh Complex gathered before the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour, and Social Welfare office in Shush City. They said that after one year of the employer’s failure to meet their demands, they filed a complaint to the Ministry of Labour. But the process goes through very slowly.

The Social Security pensioners gathered and protested before the Social Security Organization’s offices in Ahvaz, Mashhad, Kermanshah, Ardabil, Rasht and Arak.

Some of their demands include raising pensions to stand above the poverty line, implementing an already enacted plan to close wage disparities, addressing supplementary insurance issues, and paying the end year bonuses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A number of workers of the Tabriz Petrochemical Company gathered before the company entrance to protest against the wage gap between the office personnel and workers.

Monday, May 9

In Mariwan, dozens of teachers and educators gathered before the Ministry of Education in support of two detained teachers Eskandar Lotfi and Masoud Nikkhah.

On May 1, 2022, security protests arrested two teachers and members of the Teachers’ Trade Association of Mariwan Eskandar Lotfi and Masoud Nikkhah. They went on hunger strike right after the arrest.

A number of citizens who have pre-purchased the apartments from the construction project Damon Darya 2 protested before the Kish Free Zone Organization. These protestors asked the managers to fulfil their commitments and complete the construction project after ten years.

The personnel of Sepah Bank gathered in Isfahan to protest against low wages and other demands.

For the second consecutive day, the workers of the Gachsaran Petrochemical Company went on strike and gathered at work premises. They asked for unpaid wages and other benefits.

 

 

Tuesday, May 10

A group of Administrative staff of Ali-Nasab Hospital in Tabriz gathered at the hospital premises to ask for receiving the extra payments that had been allocated merely to medical staff during Coivd-pandemics.

The green maintenance workers of the Municipality of Shiraz gathered and protested before the City Council Building. They protested against irregularities in payments, low wages and the lack of job security.

A group of the candidates for the residency exam protested to change the exam date.

A number of mini-bus drivers in Bandar-Abbas went on strike to protest against the fuel shortage.

Wednesday, May 11

For the third consecutive day, the workers of Gachsaran Petrochemical Company went on strike and gathered before the headquarters of Gachsaran Oil and Gas Company. One of the protestors told HRANA: “Today in this gathering, we the workers who have temporary job contracts ask for levelling up wages adequately because this 10 per cent increase is less than the annual increase in the minimum wage.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A group of shareholders of Bank Day gathered before the Central Bank in Tehran to ask for their demands. They chanted slogans for resigning the bank managers.

The workers of the contractors who are working for Adish Refinery Company in Kangan, Bushehr Province, joined the 1401 Campaign and went on strike. Many workers in the oil industry have recently launched a protest campaign to ask for raising wages.

A number of pharmacists assembled and protested before Food and Drug Administration in Tehran. They protested against the low wages determined by the Pharmacist Association and not holding elections for this association under the pretext of Coivd-19 pandemics for two years.

The residents of two villages in Shiraz County gathered and protested before the governorate building in Shiraz City. They protested against the poor quality and saline water caused by a salt dome along the river.  Despite frequent requests, the local authorities have done nothing to remove this salt dome.

Thursday, May 12

As a backlash to the new wave of inflation, citizens in several cities such as Shahrekord, Andimeshk, Izeh and Junqan poured into the streets. The police and security forces cracked down on the protests and used tear gas and live ammunition to scatter the protesting crowds.

In response to the call of the Coordinating Council of Iranian teacher Unions, both retired and working teachers in dozens of cities held protests before the Ministry of Education in each city and the parliament in Tehran. The protestors chanted slogans in support of detained teachers.

 

 

Asghar Khani Arrested and Sent to Kazerun Prison

On Tuesday, April 3, 2022, in Farashband County located in Fars Province, intelligence agents arrested Asghar Khani at his work and transferred him to Kazerun Prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on Tuesday, April 3, 2022, Asghar Khani was arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence agents in Farashband County.

Khani suffers from respiratory disease, and his detention raises health concerns. An informed source told HRANA: “Asghar Khani suffers from respiratory disease and he has to use a respiratory spray. According to his physician, he has to stay away from stressful situations, prison conditions and interrogation will worsen his disease.”

The reason for this arrest and the charges are still unknown.

Asghar Khani, age 49, is a civil engineer and a father of two children.

Individual Arrested for Writing Anti-regime Slogan on Wall

An individual was arrested for writing slogans on the Ministry of Intelligence’s wall and setting his own car on fire in Azerbaijan Province’s Urmia City. A video circulated on social media showed a security agent pointing a gun at him.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, a citizen was arrested for writing a slogan on the wall and setting his vehicle on fire. 

As an act of protest, this unidentified individual first set his vehicle which was parked by the Ministry of Intelligence on fire in Urmia and then began to write slogans on the wall of the ministry’s office.

 The media outlets inside Iran and officials have not reacted to this incident so far. Yet, a video showing a security agent pointing a gun toward the protestor from about a short distance has become viral on social media.

Civil Activist Elvar Gholivand Sent to Prison to Serve Sentence

On Saturday, April 30, 2022, civil activist Elvar Gholivand was sent to Evin Prison to serve his three years sentence.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on Saturday, April 30, 2022, Elvar Gholivand was sent to Evin prison for sentencing.

On October 6, 2020, security forces arrested Gholivand with three other civil activists in Tehran and transferred them to Ward 209 of Evin Prison.

On November 9, 2020, Gholivand was released on bail for the duration of the legal proceedings. Subsequently, he was sentenced to three years imprisonment.

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HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, a number of protests took place this week in Iran. Read our recap below for details, photos, and videos from the demonstrations.

Friday, April 22

For the thirteen consecutive day, a number of the residents of Saravan village in Rasht Province held protests against waste accumulation in forest areas, which has brought about insects, toxins, and leachate. For about 40 years, the waste of Rasht city and seven other cities are accumulating in the landfills adjacent to this village.

Sunday, April 24

A number of the workers of the Municipality of Shush City gathered in front of the Municipal building to protest against delays in payments.

The pensioners of the Social Security Organization in Ahvaz, Rasht, Arak, Tabriz, Ilam and Kermanshah held protests before the building of this organization. These retirees asked for raising the pensions to stand above the poverty line, closing the wage disparities, addressing supplementary insurance and the end of year bonuses.

 

 

 

 

 

The workers of subsidiary companies of The National Iranian South Oil Company gathered before the main entrance of this oil company in Ahvaz. They demanded returning to a 12-hour shift work rather than an 8-hour shift.

A group of workers of Isfahan Tile Company gathered before the governorate building in Isfahan to demand unpaid wages and other benefits. Since February, they have been unemployed due to factory closure. These workers ascribed these issues to the privatization of the company.

The students of the University of Science and Technology gathered and rallied on the university campus to protest against the new strict forced veiling rules.

The personnel of the Gilan Telecommunication Company went on strike in protest against the layoff of several trade union activists. Reportedly, the new manager has fired the Board members of the Telecommunication Workers’ Union. The strike was staged also against the unfair employment contracts. About 700 employees have refused to sign new employment contracts.

The workers of a company which works as a contractor for Kian Petrochemical Company in Asaluyeh City went on a strike. They demanded increasing wages and modifications in shift hours.

Monday, April 25

A number of citizens and civil activists gathered before the Fatah Corps, a subdivision of IRGC, in Yasuj City to protest against the detention of teacher union activist, Ali Hasan Bahamin. They demanded an official apology from the IRGC intelligence for assaulting Mr Ali Hasan Bahamin.

A group of personnel of the State Welfare Organization gathered before the parliament in Tehran. They protested against discrimination in wages and benefits and asked for more transparency in this regard.

A number of seasonal workers of the Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company Haft-Tappeh gathered at the company premises to protest against the company’s refusal to provide them with an employment contract.

For the second consecutive day, a number of the workers of the Municipality of Shush City gathered before the Municipal building of this city. They asked for delayed wages and other demands.

A number of citizens in Saravan County located in Sistan and Baluchestan Province gathered before the governorate building. They protested against introducing a new coding system for fuel cards.

For the sixteen consecutive day, the residents of Saravan village in Rash Province held protests against the pollution of landfills in forest areas, which has brought about insects, toxins, and leachate.

A number of workers of the contractors who are working in petrochemical industry zones in Bushehr and Asalouyeh and Kangan went on strike and assembled at their workplaces. They asked for raising wages and modifications in shift hours.

A number of professors and personnel of the Islamic Azad University of Kermanshah gathered on campus to ask for levelling up their salaries up to their counterparts’ salaries in public universities.

 

Tuesday, April 26

A group of addiction therapists gathered before Anti-Drug Headquarters. They protested the supply of narcotics in drugstores by the Food and Drug Administration.

A group of stakeholders of Homa Airline Pension Fund gathered before the IranAir company. They protested against the merger of the fund and the Civil Servants Pension Organization.

A number of technician workers gathered before the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor, and Social Welfare in Tehran to protest against low wages and few benefits despite having a long career up to 15 to 20 years.

A group of students of Payam-e-Noor University gathered on campus to demand addressing some issues.

In Tehran, a number of citizens who lost digital assets in the cryptocurrency exchange Cryptoland gathered before the Tehran Public Prosecutor’s Office to ask for the return of their money. Reportedly, their deposits in the form of cryptocurrencies have been frozen.

Some personnel of Masjed Soleyman petrochemical Company went on strike and blocked the road of the factory. Reportedly, one reason for this strike was the recent changes in management.

A number of Scaffolders of Ardabil Power plant, the workers of Asalouyeh Petrochemical Green Tanks Company, Boo Power plant and Navrood Company went on strike and assembled at the companies’ premises. They demanded an increase in wages and modifications in work shifts.

Wednesday, April 27

A group of workers of Jahanpars Company which are working on the Bidboland Gas Refining field in Behbahan City went on strike.  The workers demanded an increase in wages and modifications in work shifts.

A group of students of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences held protests on campus against imposing strict veiling rules on female students.

A group of workers of the Municipality of Shush gathered before the governorate building. They demanded to be paid for three months of unpaid wages and other improvements in their work conditions.

 

The residents of the village Saravan located in Rasht Province held protests against the pollution caused by the landfill sites near the village.

A group of workers and personnel of the Municipality of Ahvaz gathered before Ahvaz Islamic Council to protest against the violation of their rights. They asked the municipal officials to resign.

Thursday, April 28

The residents of the village Saravan continued their protests against landfills in forest areas near the village. This protest turned violent following the interference of police and some of the protestors were injured and arrested.

A group of workers of the Shokoofa Sana’at Company gathered before the governorate building in Kerman City to demand their unpaid wage for the last month.

The workers of Galanderoud Coal Mining Company gathered at their workplace. These workers protested against the company’s decision to bring these workers under a new employment contract with the contractor.

About 52 laid-off workers of the Delfan Granite factory protested before the governorate building in Nurabad located in Lorestan Province. They asked for resolving the issues and reopening the factory.

The workers of the Fara-Petrosazan Naft Setareh Company went on strike to demand an increase in wages and modifications in work shifts.

 

Seven Citizens Arrested in Baneh City

On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in Kurdistan Province’s Baneh City, the security forces arrested seven citizens.  One of the individuals was released after a few hours and the rest were transferred to a detention facility in Sanandaj City.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa News, seven residents of Baneh were arrested, of which six were transferred to a detention facility in Sanandaj.

The arrestees have been identified as Hassan Ezzati, Nishtman Rahmati, Saeed Mohammadi, Parvin Falahi, Omar Soleimani, Afshin Rahmati, and Fateh Majidi. Nishtman Rahmati, Saeed Mohammadi’s wife, was released after a few hours.

Reportedly, during the arrest, the security forces searched their houses and confiscated some of their personal belongings.

The reason for these arrests and the charges are still unknown.

Teacher Union Activist Ali Hasan Bahamin Arrested Violently and Detained 

On Monday, April 25, 2022, the security forces arrested teacher union activist Ali Hasan Bahamin in Yasuj City. He was beaten during the arrest and was released after a day on April 26.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on Monday, April 25, 2022, teacher union activist Ali Hasan Bahamin was arrested violently and detained for one day.

The videos obtained by HRANA show that Bahamin’s hand was injured and surrounding people were trying to stop the security forces from arresting him. According to an informed source, Bahamin was arrested while he was heading back home from the University.

On the day of Bahamin’s arrest, a number of civil activists had gathered to protest against their colleagues’ detention in front of the building of Fatah Corps, a subdivision of IRGC, in Yasuj.

Last Tuesday, during teachers’ protests in Yasuj, he had been arrested and detained for one day as well.

 

 

Christian Convert Rahmat Rostamipour Arrested in Bandar Anzali

Last Monday, April 18, 2022, security forces arrested Christian Convert Rahmat Rostamipour at his house. The day after the arrest, his wife was also summoned and interrogated for a few hours.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Article 18 News Outlet, Christian Convert, Rahmat Rostamipour was arrested by security forces at his house in Bandar Anzali located in Gilan Province.

Reportedly, 12 agents raided his house at 8 a.m. which caused a convulsion in one of his children. This incident dissuaded the agent from arresting Mr Rostamipour’s wife. The agents also searched the house and confiscated some of their belongings including children’s tablets and books related to the Christian faith.

The charges against Mr Rostamipour are still unknown so far. However, during the interrogation of his wife, the agents mentioned the charges of “propaganda against the regime and forming an illegal home church”.

Rahmat Rostamipour is 49 years old and a father of two children.

The persecution of Christian converts stands in blatant violation of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which state that every individual has the right to freedom of religion and belief and freedom to express it openly or secretly.

 

HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, a number of protests took place this week in Iran. Read our recap below for details, photos, and videos from the demonstrations.

Saturday, April 16

A number of job seekers gathered before the Arvand Petrochemical Company in Bandar Mahshahr to protest against prioritizing the recruitment of non-local workers. Reportedly, ignoring the frequent requests of these local workers, the company management recently recruited dozens of non-local workers.

 

A group of poultry farmers in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province assembled in Shahrekord City to protest against the shortage of livestock inputs, the low price of chickens, the ban on exporting the product out of provinces and the lack of support from the State Livestock Affairs Logistics Company.

The personnel of the Water and Sewerage Company of Behbahan assembled and protested at their workplace. They have not yet received the last two months’ wages as well as the end of year bonuses. They said that their problems have begun after the merger of the company with the Rural Water and Sewerage Company.

In Isfahan, a group of farmers gathered adjacent to a water channel to protest against not receiving their irrigation water.

 

Sunday, April 17

For the second consecutive day, the personnel of the Water and Sewerage Company of Behbahan gathered and protested at their workplace. They have not yet received the last two months’ wages as well as the end of year bonuses.

A group of workers of Iran National Steel Industrial Group gathered before the governorate building in Ahvaz to demand raising wages and extra payment for inclement weather.


A number of the retirees of the Social Security Organization held protests in Ahvaz, Bojnurd, Ilam, Rasht, Arak, Ardabil, Mashhad and Kermanshah and Isfahan before the organization’s headquarters in each city. They demanded levelling up wages and closing wage disparities.

 

 

 

 

 

A group of citizens of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province assembled and rallied against water shortage caused by water transfer projects.

A number of Railway Services & Technical Construction Engineering Company in Zanjan held protests against delays in payments and not receiving Ramadan coupons. Reportedly, they have not received any wages since two months ago.

 

Monday, April 18

A group of truck drivers and other citizens who have purchased imported trucks gathered before the Presidential Administration of Iran in Tehran. They protested against the increase in customs tariffs and clearance fees and the prices for car scrapping. They said that brokers have caused an increase in the expenses of scrapping a car. According to the regulation, the applicants for imported trucks have to provide a certificate of scrapping a used vehicle, in order to receive a car license plate for his imported truck.

A number of Pharmacists gathered before the building of the Food and Drug Administration in Tehran to protest against the illegal status of the Pharmacists Association, low and undetermined drug tariffs.

Tuesday, April 19

A number of the residents of the village Saravan in Rasht province held protests against ill-managed landfill sites leading to waste accumulation in forest areas. In recent days, they hampered the garbage trucks to come into the area and asked for addressing this issue.

A group of green maintenance workers of Robat Karim city located in Tehran province gathered and protests against low wages and their poor living conditions.

A number of laid-off workers of the Neyshabur municipality gathered before the city council to protest against job uncertainties. One of the protestors said: “We are about 96 workers of the municipality of zone 2 who are working for many years. Since the beginning of new year, after leaving the contractor, the municipality has suspended us.” According to them, the municipality has broken its promise to give them a contract with the new contractor.

A group of personnel of Islamic Azad University in Mashhad city held protests before the university building to ask for their demands.

A group of workers of Isfahan Tile Company gathered in front of the governorate building in Isfahan city. They protested against factory closure, lack of job security and temporary employment contracts.

 

Several technical protection and safety services advisers gathered before the Ministry of Cooperatives Labor and Social Welfare to protest against uncertainties regarding their job. According to a prior announcement, the government will not extend their license after the June of this year.

A group of people who have pre-purchased cars from Ramak Khodro Company protested before Tehran Province Justice Building. Reportedly, about 7000 people have not received their pre-purchased vehicles after several years.

A group of personnel of the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour, and Social Welfare assembled before the Ministry to ask for raising wages.

A group of people who lost their money to the frauds of Negin Khordo and Irtoya Companies gathered before Judiciary Public Relations Office in Tehran and asked for more transparency in the legal case proceeding.

Likewise, a group of people who lost their money to frauds of Meftah Rahnavard Khordo Company gathered before the Head of the Judiciary Office. After five years, they have not yet received any vehicles from this company.

A number of truck drivers of Rudbar city located in Kerman Province protested against low Truck fares determined by the Road Maintenance & Transportation Organization of the province.

 

Wednesday, April 22

For several consecutive days, the residents of the village Saravan in Rasht province held protests against unhygienic and ill-managed landfill sites leading to waste accumulation in forest areas. The protesters said that they will continue the protest until their demands are addressed and dumping ground in the forest becomes forbidden.

A group of truck drivers gathered before the Parliament in Tehran to protest against the increasing costs of scrapping cars caused by the role of brokers and intermedia companies.  They also protested against the lack of supplementary insurance and high prices of spare car parts.

A group of the personnel of subsidiary companies of The National Iranian South Oil Company gathered each at their company premises. They asked for a 12-hour shift instead of an 8-hour one.

 

Thursday, April 21

In response to a call by the Coordination Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Associations, retired and working educators in dozens of cities across the country gathered in front of the building of the Ministry of Education. During these protests, dozens of protestors were arrested by the police.

Once again, the residents of village Saravan in Rasht province protested against ill-managed landfill sites leading to waste accumulation in forest areas.

A number of seasonal workers of the Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company Haft-Tappeh went on strike and gathered in company premises. They demanded employment contracts.

A number of the residents of the village Emamzadeh Bagher in Tehran Province gathered beside the entrance road of the village to protest against the lack of proper telecommunication infrastructure.