Several teachers arrested at the issue of first day of strike
SMCCDI (Information Service)
May 2, 2004
Several teachers have been arrested at the issue of their first day of strike and rallies in front of the regime's Ministry of Education. Arrests were made in Tehran, Esfahan and Hamedan by the plainclothes agents of the regime who were identifying the activists.
While thousands of teachers defied the official threats by striking and not organizing their courses, many of them used this first day to gather and to shout slogans against the regime's officials and policies by requesting an immediate follow up of their conditions.
The exasperated demonstrators were shouting: "ta eghdam e assassi, na class na darsi" (No class and no course, till proper measures), "Etessab, Etessab" (Strike, Strike), "Hokoomat e adl e ali, in hame bi edalati" (Regime of justice and so much injustice), "Vazir e bi kefayat, estefa, estefa" (Incompetent Minister, Resign, Resign), "Majless e be in bi liaghati hargez nadide mellati" (A parliament with so little competence, no nation has ever seen), "Moalem mimirad, Zelat nemipazirad" (Teacher will die but won't accept submission), "Dirooz sokoot, emrooz faryad, farda..." (Yesterday silence, today slogan, tomorrow...).
In most schools, many teachers and supportive students didn't show up or didn't organize regular classes and spoke about the deteriorating situation of the country.
During the today's demos, several plainclothes agents having infiltrated among the demonstrators were recognized and seen their cameras and walky talkies confiscated. Other had to escape as recognized and rush toward the regime's official forces blocking the perimeters in most cities.
Most Academic areas of the Capital and cities, such as, Babol, Esfahan, Lahijan, Kerman, Tabriz, Mashad, Yazd, Gorgan, Amol, Shiraz, Hamedan, Ahwaz, Khomein, Rasht, Kermanshah, Abadan and Oroomiah (former Rezai-e) were touched by the today's action. A wider spread to more cities and a radicalization of strike are planned for tomorrow.
All desperate tries made, in the last days, by the Islamic regime and its security circles, such as, arrest of several teachers and threats of imprisonment or expel were not able to match the teachers exasperation and will to show their anger.
Their today's strike and demos follow several years of actions in order to protest against the persistent deterioration of their conditions, the repressive measures existing in Iranian schools and the non fulfillment of the regime's promises. The teachers are also requesting the immediate release of their arrested colleagues.
Millions of students are supportive of the legitimate aspirations of their "Spiritual Fathers and Mothers" and ready to defy the regime in case of the radicalization of the situation. Such event will face the regime with an unprecedented problem and its impossibility to control around 20 millions of students. http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_6008.shtml
Yesterday silence, today slogan, tomorrow....
The mullahs have only brut force to keep them in power. I wonder what will happen when the thugs in the militia realize that they have the power to say who does what in the government?