World Teachers Day marked in Tehran with arrest of members of Iranian teachers association
By Shirin Karimi, Rooz Online/ October 8, 2009
The secretary-general and 12 members of the Iranian Teachers Association were detained one day after the World Teachers Day. According to various reports, members of the Iranian Teachers Association were detained two days ago at the residence of Mr. Baghani, the association's secretary-general, and moved to an unknown location.
According to the association's website, Baghani, Beheshti, Rezaei, Bohlouli, Niknejad, Javadi, Javadpour, Ghoreishian, Dehghan, Nouri and Badpar were the teachers detained yesterday.
Asghar Zati, the association's former spokesperson and current member, said, "About two o'clock, two vans bearing no signs stopped in front of the house of the Iranian Teachers Association's secretary-general, detained everyone present at the meeting and transported them to an unknown location."
According to Zati, the association's board members regularly met every Tuesday afternoon, and did not have a special gathering this time.
The Iranian Teachers Association had released a statement yesterday demanding the immediate release of its detained members, including Rasoul Badaghi, Hashem Khastar, Farzad Kamangar, Abdollah Momeni, Jafar Ebrahimi and Mohammad Davari, among others.