Protest rallies were held today in front of the Ministry of Education in Kermanshah, Sanandaj and Saqqez in north-western Iran after the Iranian Teacher’s Union called for protests against organised chemical gas attacks on girls’ schools and the poisoning of students across the country.

Iranian Police Special Units fired tear gas and shotgun pellets towards a gathering of teachers and families in Sanandaj, injuring at least two teachers, Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned.

During the protests, security forces arrested Bahaoddin Maleki, a teacher from Sanandaj, and took him to an undisclosed location.

According to videos received by the KHRN, Iranian Police Special Units were deployed on the streets of Divandarreh and Marivan. Strict security measures have been taken in both cities.

Organised chemical gas attacks on girls’ schools began several months ago in different cities across the country and have intensified recently.

Many protesters blame the Islamic Republic for the attacks.