Press Release

AFT President Randi Weingarten on the Protests in Iran

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Marcus Mrowka
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WASHINGTON—Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten supporting the protesters in Iran:

“Every person on this planet should have the right to protest for freedom and opportunity—that is the essence of democracy. The people of Iran were promised a better life by their leaders in the aftermath of the Iran nuclear deal and the lifting of sanctions, and we stand with them. Iran’s people thirst for the better life they were promised. While we supported the Iran deal, support or opposition for the deal shouldn’t dictate whether or not you speak out against oppression. Support for democracy and freedom shouldn’t come with caveats or conditions, and the AFT supports all people fighting for basic dignity and rights.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.