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Iran: Political prisoners send message for ‘Students Day’

Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, west of Tehran
Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, west of Tehran

Reported by PMOI/MEK


Iran, Dec. 2, 2018 - Political prisoners Payam Shakiba, Arash Sadeghi and Majid Assadi, all held in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran, sent a message marking the “Students Day” calling on Iranian college students to commemorate this occasion.

This letter reads in part:

“From 7 December 1953 to this day, when the blood of three college students were spilled on the campus ground, college students have been holding a leading role in our society in the ongoing struggle against oppression. Despite the oppressors’ nature of oppressing and silencing all freedom-loving voices, colleges and universities have sacrificed on numerous occasions, from the 1980s to uprisings witnessed in July 1999, the summer of 2009 and the recent December/January revolt. This has transformed colleges into symbols of resistance and struggle for freedom in our society.

“It goes without saying that this living legacy is founded on college students’ sacrifice for freedom, generation after generation. There was a time that our motto was colleges are the bastion of freedom because students had to specify their firm stance against all regime-linked groups and entities and seek the objective of freedom by standing at the front lines of the social struggle against oppression.

“Various branches of our society, including workers of Haft Tapeh and steel mills, teachers, truckers, those who have seen their money stolen by financial institutions, those who are struggling in poverty and others are seeking their rights and freedom. Therefore, college students’ imperative and historic dedication compels them to be more united and active than the past, and be creative in taking responsibility for a part of this uprising.

“In our opinion, enforcing increasing fees on college students and other parts of the country’s education system is another method of plundering various branches of our already oppressed society. Those behind such schemes are seeking to politically regenerate their apparatus that is only up and running in the shadows of continuing oppression, executions and warmongering.

“As a result, the fates of college students and other people in our society are intertwined. This increases and makes more imperil the role of college students in igniting protests and revolts in line with other branches of our society to rid Iran of the existing cruelty.

“Commemorating Students Day on December 7 is equivalent to marking and reviving a historic tradition of protests and revolts against autocracy. This will escalate the college students’ will in unity and solidarity with other protests and strikes staged by people from all walks of life. As a result, we call on all the proud college students to rise in one voice to commemorate this day in all campuses throughout Iran.”


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