Iran protests: Clashes erupt between students and security forces across Iran, rights groups say


Violent clashes broke out between security forces and student protesters on university campuses across Iran on Sunday, according to activists and human rights groups in the country.

Students continued to demonstrate in large numbers at some of the country’s main universities despite a warning by the head of the country’s Revolutionary Guards, Hossein Salami, that Saturday would be the last day of protest.

In a video obtained by CNN through the pro-reform activist Iran Wire, two uniformed officers are seen trying to arrest a protester. The video is said to have been recorded at the Sanandaj Technical College in northwestern Iran.

In the capital Tehran, activist groups claimed clashes broke out between protesters, members of the Basij militia and plainclothes police at Azad University, but CNN could not independently verify whether those involved in the clashes were security forces.

Protests have swept the Islamic Republic for weeks following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died on September 16 after being arrested by “morality police” and taken to a “re-education centre”, allegedly for not complying with the country’s conservative dress code .

A video posted by the activist group 1500 images shows a large crowd of protesters, some holding sticks. Tear gas appears to have been fired into the crowd, but it is unclear who fired it.

In another video obtained by CNN through the pro-reform activist IranWire, students at another university in the capital, Tehran University, are seen marching and chanting: “This is no time for mourning. It’s time for anger.”

The official state news agency IRNA reported a “large gathering” of students and professors at the University of Tehran “in response to the recent events and the terrorist attack on the shrine of Shahseragh, which took place in the southern city of Shiraz on Wednesday.”

Also in Sanadai, gunfire can be heard in a video released by the Kurdish rights group Hengaw, said to have been recorded near Kurdistan University.

Activist group 1500 Tasvir also released a video showing security forces outside another educational facility in the province, the Sanandaj Technical College for Girls on Sunday.

Iran Human Right (IHRNGO), a Norway-based NGO, condemned “the encroachment of university campuses by plainclothes armed forces and the violent suppression of peaceful student protests,” in a statement on Sunday.

“As nationwide protests continued, armed forces in Islamic Republic civilian clothes entered university campuses to crush and violently arrest protesting students,” IHRNGO said.

IHRNGO Director and University of Oslo professor Mahmoud Amiry-Moghaddam called on “universities and academic institutions around the world to support the demands of the students and condemn the outrageous violation of university campuses by the forces of the Islamic Republic.”

On Saturday the head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, Hossein Salami, specifically called on Iranian youth to stop protesting.

“Today is the last day of the riots. Don’t hit the streets again. What do you want from this nation?’ said Salami.

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