In Iran, these students are demonstrating with their heads uncovered and defying repression

Masih Alinejad tweeted

Masih Alinejad tweeted

Students protesting at a school in Karaj, west of Tehran, on October 3, 2022.

IRAN – Iranian students have dared to take off their veils and have been organizing rallies for a few days to protest against the death of Mahsa Amini, challenging the deadly repression of protests that have been going on for almost three weeks in Iran.

The 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman died on September 16, three days after she was arrested by the morality police for violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code, which specifically requires women to wear headscarves.

Anger erupted during his burial and spread across the country. Protests have become the largest in Iran since those of 2019 against rising gasoline prices.

At least 92 people have been killed since September 16, according to the Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights, while authorities estimate the death toll at around 60, including 12 members of the security forces. According to the authorities, more than a thousand people were arrested and more than 620 released in the province of Tehran alone.

The students gathered last weekend before being confronted by riot police who cornered them in an underground parking lot at Tehran’s Sharif University of Technology before arresting them.

Since then, female students across the country have taken over, adopting a variety of tactics, including taking off their veils and shouting anti-conservative slogans.

young “16 years”

In several videos posted on social networks and verified (to see below), the girls, bareheaded, sing “Death to the dictator”, referring to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, on Monday 3 October in a school in Karaj, west of Tehran. Another group of girls sings “Woman, life, freedom” march down a street.

“They are truly extraordinary scenes. If these demonstrations lead to anything, it will be thanks to the students “said Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, of the information and analysis site Bag & Bazaar.

Other videos posted online show female students leaving classrooms to march through various places in the city in lightning protests to avoid detection.

But Iranian Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri admitted Wednesday that young people were involved in the protests, denouncing the influence of social networks. “The fact that 16-year-olds are present at these events is caused by social networks, they are trapped”he said, quoted by the ISNA agency.

Education Minister Yousef Nouri told him, quoted by the IRNA agency “The enemy’s attacks have targeted universities as well as the world of science and education”.

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