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Iranian teachers hold protest rallies on May Day despite crackdowns

Teachers in dozens of cities across Iran held May Day protest rallies to raise their longstanding demands for better pay and working conditions, education reform and the release of arrested teachers.

Protests were reported in Tehran, Shiraz, Tabriz, Isfahan, Rasht, Kermanshah, Khorramabad, Arak, Saqqez, Bushehr, Ardabil, among others. Participants included practicing teachers as well as retired teachers.

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Iran barred from China, India export routes

With an economy in shambles, and with several US sanctions against them regarding their nuclear program, human rights abuses and support for global terrorism, the Iranian regime is desperately looking for a way out of its current predicament, without any success so far.

One of the most affected areas, after its oil industry, is the regime’s exports and imports. Both of these fell sharply after the sanctions were imposed, and besides oil, most of Iran’s mines and natural resources are also affected by the sanctions. Even one of the regime’s main sources of export revenue, industrial metals, was lost.

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The International Trade Union Confederation supported Iranian teachers and workers on May Day

پیام همبستگی دبیرکل کنفدراسیون اتحادیهٔ جهانی بازری.یو سی »با کارگران و معلمان ایران

Expressing her solidarity with Iranian workers and teachers, Sharon Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), sent a video message on the occasion of International Workers’ Day, in which she hailed the unprecedented courage of workers and Iranian teachers and supports calls on them to claim their rights.

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has offices in 163 countries and has over 200 million members.


Read more: Iran News in Brief – May 1 2022