Thousands of teachers went on strike last week and staged protests across Iran. The teachers are demanding improved conditions, more spending on public education and decent salaries and pensions. 

Protests were held in 22 cities, including the capital Tehran, with protesters sitting in outside their local education departments. In one city, teachers sat down at an empty table, to symbolise the fact that their salaires are so low, they cannot afford to feed their families.

As regular readers will know, taking such action in Iran is fraught with danger. Many teacher activists and leaders have been arrested, some are still in prison and others are facing charges. So the protests also called for an end to the victimisation of teachers exercising their democratic right to protest.