Protests in Iranian universities on the eve of the mourning of Mahsa Amini
Violent protests have rocked Iran since the death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, who was arrested in September for “wearing inappropriate clothes”.
Students demonstrated Tuesday at several universities across Iran, where tensions remain high on the eve of ceremonies expected for the 40th day following the death of young Iranian Kurd Mahsa Amini, which traditionally marks the end of mourning in this country.
Students are ready to die, but not to live in humiliation, protesters chanted at Shahid Chamran University in Ahvaz, southwest Iran, according to a video released online and verified by AFP.
Young women and schoolgirls, many bareheaded, have been at the forefront of the protest sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini on September 16.
The 22-year-old Iranian woman died three days after her arrest in Tehran by the morality police who accused her of having violated the strict dress code of the Islamic Republic, imposing in particular the wearing of the veil for women.
Crackdown on protests has left at least 141 people dead, including children, according to a new toll revealed on Tuesday by Iran Human Rights (IHR), an Oslo-based NGO .
In addition, the city of Zahedan, in the province of Sistan-Baluchistan (southeast), one of the poorest in Iran, was affected by several days of violence, which began on September 30 in the The occasion of demonstrations against the rape of a young girl attributed to a police officer, which left at least 93 dead, according to the IHR.
On Tuesday, two members of the Revolutionary Guards, Iran's ideological army, were shot and killed by unidentified people in Zahedan, according to the Tasnim news agency. These deaths bring to eight the number of members of the security forces killed in Sistan-Baluchistan.
Iranians demonstrate in Tehran, October 8, 2022.
New demonstrations took place in several Iranian cities on Tuesday to denounce the repression carried out by the security forces, accused of having beaten schoolgirls the day before. Images shared on social media showed students protesting in Tehran, including at Beheshti University and Khaje Nasir Toosi University of Technology.
Wednesday, the 40th day following the death of Mahsa Amini, will mark the end of the traditional mourning period in Iran. According to activists, security forces have warned the young woman's parents against organizing any commemoration ceremony, including at her grave in Kurdistan, her home province, going as far as; to threaten the life of their son.
The official Irna news agency published a statement on Tuesday evening quoting the family of Mahsa Amini and saying: In view of the circumstances and in order to avoid any unfortunately, there will be no ceremony marking the 40th day [after the death] of our beloved.
According to human rights activists, this statement was made under pressure and tributes are expected on Wednesday at the young woman's grave.
On Monday, videos circulating in online showed security forces violently suppressing a gathering of Iranian girls outside a girls' school in Tehran.
Female students at the Shahid Sadr school in Tehran were attacked, searched and beaten, online media 1500tasvir reported.
At least a 16-year-old student, Sana Soleimani, has been hospitalized, according to this media which lists human rights violations by the security forces.
The parents protested outside the school later. Security forces attacked the neighborhood and fired on the houses of local residents, 1500tasvir added.
Protesters run down a street in Tehran during a protest that got out of hand.
According to the Ministry of Education, a dispute arose between the schoolgirls, their parents and school staff, after the principal ordered them to hand over their mobile phones for control. We strongly deny the death of a student in this confrontation, said a spokesman for the Ministry, quoted by the news agency Isna.
On Monday night, protesters took to the streets of the Salsabil neighborhood where the incidents took place, burning trash cans, according to videos that AFP failed to authenticate. Death to the dictator!, Death to the Revolutionary Guards!, cried women who demonstrated in Tehran metro stations, according to videos shared on Twitter.
Also in the capital, students booed government spokesman Ali Bahadori Jahromi as he delivered a speech at Khaje Nasir University, in a video published by the reform media Hammihan.
According to the Judicial Authority, more than 300 protesters have been charged in Tehran since the start of the protest and 4 have been charged with a punishable offense of death.
State media also reported on Tuesday that more than 210 other protesters were charged in Kurdistan (west), Qazvin and Isfahan (center), accused of #x27;security breach, propaganda and aggression against law enforcement.
A hundred people have also been charged in Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran, according to the Irna agency, citing the ;local judicial authority.