Iranian students held protest gatherings in at least 10 universities against the regime’s brutal crackdown of nationwide protests on Iran’s Student Day.
Students in Tehran University, Tehran’s Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran University of Art, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Amir Kabir University of Technology in Tehran, Tehran’s Beheshti University, Chamran University in the SW city of Ahvaz, Nonshirvani University in the northern city of Babol, Kashan University in the central province of Isfahan, and medical science students in the northwestern province of Tabriz held protest gatherings today.
This was despite the heavy presence of security forces around universities especially in Tehran.
Iranian students chanted against the regime’s brutal crackdown against unarmed protesters during nationwide protests that erupted in mid-November after the regime tripled the price of gasoline.
More than 1,000 protesters were killed, at least 4,000 were wounded and 12,000 were detained.
Students in Tehran University chanted for the release of political prisoners.
“The streets have been drenched with blood and freedom has been sacrificed”, they chanted holding up hand written placards.
They also chanted “despite prison, guns and clubs, we will not stand down”, and “My martyred brother, I fill continue your path”.
They also chanted against the notorious Chief Justice of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, who gave a speech at Tehran University.
Raisi is despised by Iranians because of his role in the massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners in 1988.
Reports indicate that he was brought to the university in secret while the hall where he was to give a speech was filled with pro-regime students and regime affiliates brought in with buses from other areas.
Ordinary students were not allowed inside the hall.
Tehran University students also chanted against Raisi during their gathering for his role in the regime’s brutal crackdown of the November protests.
Iran’s Student Day
The student movement and Iran’s Student Day have always played an important role in Iran’s political arena.
In 1941, with the abdication of Reza Shah and the occupation of Iran by allied forces, Tehran University became key in campaigns against authoritarianism and foreign meddling.
The student movement continued its activism until three students were shot and killed by Shah’s troops on December 7, 1953, during an anti-Shah demonstration at Tehran University in protest to a visit by then US Vice President Richard Nixon with the Shah.
In memory of the three students murdered on that day, 16 Azar (December 7) has since been known as Student Day.
The annual observance of Student Day was met with suppression during the Shah’s reign.
After the 1979 revolution which brought the Islamic Republic to power, the government used Student Day as an expression of the nation’s disapproval of US policy.
But it quickly turned into a threat against the regime instead and the gathering of ordinary Iranian students on this day has been suppressed ever since.