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



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

Students at some of the country’s major universities continued to protest in large numbers, despite warnings from the head of the country’s Revolutionary Guard, Hussein Salami, that Saturday would be the last day of protests.

In a video obtained by CNN through pro-reform activist outlet Iran Telegram, two uniformed police officers can be seen trying to arrest a protester. The video is said to have been recorded at the Sanandaj Institute of Technology in northwestern Iran.

In the capital, Tehran, militant groups claimed clashes broke out between protesters at Azad University, Basski militias and plainclothes police, but CNN was unable to independently verify whether those involved were security forces.

Mahsa Amini, 22, died on September 16 after being detained by the “morality police” and taken to a “re-education centre” as protests engulfed the Islamic Republic for weeks, allegedly over his failure to abide by the country’s conservative dress code .

In a video posted by activist group 1500 tasvir, a large group of protesters, some with sticks, can be seen. Tear gas appeared to be thrown into the crowd, but it was unclear who did it.

In another video obtained by CNN via the outlet Iran line of pro-reform activists, students at another university in the capital Tehran can be seen marching and chanting: “This is not the time to mourn. It’s time to rage. .”

The official state news agency IRNA reported on a “massive gathering” of students and professors at the University of Tehran, “in response to recent events and Wednesday’s terrorist attack on the shrine of “Shahcheragh” in the southern city of Shiraz.

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

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

In a statement on Sunday, the Norway-based NGO Iranian Human Rights Organization (IHRNGO) condemned “the occupation of university campuses by armed plainclothes forces and the violent crackdown on peaceful student protests”.

“As protests continued across the country, armed plainclothes troops of the Islamic Republic entered university campuses to violently suppress and arrest protesting students,” the IHRNGO said.

Mahmoud Amiry-Moghaddam, director of IHRNGO and professor at the University of Oslo, called on “universities and academic institutions around the world to support students’ demands and condemn the gross violations of university campuses by the Islamic Republic’s military.”

On Saturday, Hussein Salami, the leader of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, specifically called on young Iranians to stop protesting.

“Today is the last day of riots. Don’t take to the streets. What do you want from this country?” Salami said.

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