In Tehran, a night of violent repression against students

IRAN – Still no respite for the regime. Two weeks after the death of Mahsa Amini in the wake of her arrest by the morality police, the revolt intensifies in Iran. This Sunday, October 2, major student demonstrations took place, notably at the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran.

During the night from Sunday to Monday, the young protesters faced violent repression from the police, who fired steel balls and tear gas, according to the Iranian agency Mehr. This reports that two hundred students had first gathered in the afternoon on the campus and chanted slogans hostile to the religious system in force in the Islamic Republic as well as “woman, life, freedom” Where “students prefer death to humiliation”.

As you can see in the video at the top of the article, these tensions caused scenes of crushes and panic among the young demonstrators, often chased by police on motorcycles. Other images also show students attacking a member of the Iranian authorities at the Islamic Azad University. In the streets of Tehran, demonstrations also continued, despite the risk of arrest. Several videos showing the police on motorcycles and carrying out violent arrests have circulated on social networks.

Classes suspended

After these incidents, face-to-face classes were suspended on Monday at Sharif University of Technology, Iran’s largest scientific university. “Sharif University of Technology has announced that due to recent events and the need to protect students (…), all classes will be held virtually from Monday”according to the Mehr agency.

Students were protesting against the murder of Mahsa Amini and the arrest of students arrested during the recent protests, sparked on September 16 by the death of the 22-year-old young woman, arrested three days earlier by the vice police in Tehran for offense to the strict dress code which in particular obliges women to wear the veil.

At least 92 people have been killed in Iran by the crackdown on protests that erupted two weeks ago after the death of Mahsa Amini, arrested by morality police, the NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR) said on Sunday.

President Ebrahim Raisi again accused the “enemies” of Iran from “to conspire” against his country, believing that their attempts have ” failed “as anti-government protests, the largest since 2019, continue.

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