In protest against poor working and living conditions, the stolen money from Teachers Pension Fund, country’s deplorable educational status, and dealing with teachers’ protests as security threats, Iran’s working and retired teachers held rallies in different cities across the country on Thursday March 9, demanding that their problems be dealt with.
With a growing number of countries voicing concerns about Tehran’s policies, Iran is experiencing international and regional isolation. The end of Barack Obama’s presidency signaled the end of a “golden era” for Iran, and a major shift in the balance of power.
The joint statement issued by Saudi Arabia and Malaysia that condemned Iran’s meddling in the Middle East, is one example. It left the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman no choice but to express Tehran’s utter regret. “The Islamic Republic’s principled policies are based on non-interference in the affairs of other countries and abiding by an approach hinging on good neighborliness,” said Bahram Ghasemi, according to Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency.
Iran has been continuing with its provocative behaviour and in the most recent incident it has carried out test-firings of ballistic missiles. One of the tests was a success and hit a floating barge located over 150 miles away. A US official said that the Fateh-110 short-range ballistic missile launches were the first ones tested in the past two years.
It also sent fast-attack vessels near to a US Navy ship in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday. The US Navy has warships patrolling this area. The incident was described as “unprofessional” and “unsafe”. The IRGC boats came within 600 yards of the US surveillance ship “Invincible”. They then stopped, forcing the US ship and the three accompanying British Navy ships into changing course.
On Saturday 4th March, students of the Faculty of Literature at Allameh University in Tehran protested against gender segregation and inappropriate and illegal treatment.
They issued a statement about their protest. Part of it read:
“... The Nazis sent Jews to gas chambers to kill them and within a few minutes or a few hours their lives would be gone, but agents of the regime, day after day, trample upon the dignity and humanity of students! Countless people protested the methods of the Nazis because they saw the death of humanity. Shouldn’t we protest today against the ugly behaviour at Allameh Tabatabai University?”
For International Women’s Day, a conference entitled “Women in Political Leadership” was held in Tirana in Albania.
In attendance were activists and political leaders from all over the world. Many of the speakers spoke about the threat of the mullahs’ regime in Iran.
President-elect of the National council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi, spoke about her wishes for equality and the bravery of the women in Iran including those who are currently imprisoned for political reasons. She also praised all freedom loving people who are working towards equality in Iran.
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