Tehran University students gathered on Monday to protest heightened enforcement of religious restrictions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
They were holding up signs that read, “ Freedom is our rightful choice.”
Reports and videos from the Tehran University protest indicated that security forces attacked the peaceful demonstration to prevent the spread of protest to other parts of the city.
Deputy head of the university Majid Sarsangi told ISNA that there were no new measures in place regarding compulsory hijab at the university. However, he said students should have more respect for the rule during the ongoing Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. He said the protesters did not receive any permission to hold the rally.
During the past few weeks, Tehran University students have witnessed a growing number of Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Basij members deployed to the campus, accompanied by plainclothes intelligent agents
The students chanted, “ Student will die but never accepts abjection”.
After the 2009 uprising, students entered a new phase of animosity with the whole system. Students now protest in solidarity with workers’ strikes, and protests by teachers, nurses, truck drivers, bazaar merchants, and poverty-stricken farmers.
During the January protests that shook Iran, students were the first to draw the line between the people and the regime in its entirety chanting, “Reformists, conservatives, the game is over.”
The chant became the slogan for what many believe is the end game for the regime as it indicates that the people have given up on the whole system of the Islamic Republic of Iran after close to 40 years of poverty and suppression.