Sixteen lawmakers today called on police and security forces to respect the "legal and professional rights" of teachers and students.
Dozens of student activists and teachers who had demonstrated for a salary increase have reportedly been detained in Iran over the past weeks. Some of them have been released.
ISNA news agency reports that the teachers' arrests have forced the closure of several schools in the northwestern and northern provinces of Hamedan and Mazandaran.
Human rights groups have criticized the Iranian government for detaining and summoning the teachers and students.
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