Iran student protest severely crushed, death toll in demonstrations continues to rise | NOW


A group of students from the prestigious Sharif University of Technology in the Iranian capital Tehran demonstrated on Sunday against the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Authorities cracked down on that protest and arrested dozens of students. Protests also took place across the country on Sunday. The death toll as a result of the protests has now risen to 133, the Iranian human rights organization IHR reported on Sunday.

Sunday’s student protest took place on the first day of school of the year and on the 17th protest day since Amini’s death. Riot police cracked down on the demonstration, leaving some students trapped in the university parking garage. In addition, several people were injured in the arrests, the news agency writes Al Jazeera.

BBC News writes on the basis of a local news agency that about two hundred protesters were present. The British broadcaster also writes that students have been beaten up and shot at. Between thirty and forty arrests are said to have been made.

Gunshots can be heard in images on social media. A crowd can also be seen running through the university parking garage in an attempt to flee. Protesters are heard to declare the death of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the spiritual leader of the country.

According to The Guardian Iran’s science minister visited the university after the unrest to talk to students. All lectures were canceled on Monday due to the unrest.

Khamenei: ‘US and Israel are organizing riots’

Iranian authorities have said they will continue to crack down on protests. Khamenei responded for the first time on Monday to the riots he says were organized by the United States and Israel.

The ayatollah said he is “heartbroken” at Amini’s passing. But he speaks out strongly against the protests. According to Khamenei, these were organized by foreign powers to destabilize Iran.

“The riots were planned,” he said. “These uprisings are organized by America and the Zionist regime and their supporters.” He did not substantiate the allegations with evidence.

Death toll rises to 133

Protests have been taking place across the country for weeks, which have been brutally crushed by the Iranian police. On Sunday, a total of 41 people were killed in several protests in the east of the country, IHR reported. The death toll rose to 133, according to the human rights organization.

The protests started 17 days ago with the death of Mahsa Amini. This 22-year-old woman fell into a coma after being severely beaten by police officers in Tehran. She was accused of taking off her headscarf. She died in hospital three days later.

As a result, women all over Iran took off their headscarves demonstratively. There were also protests all over the world this weekend, including in the Netherlands.


Source: NU by www.nu.nl.

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