Reporting by PMO/MEK
Iran, October 17, 2019—A group of Tehran University students held a demonstration at the campus mosque, coinciding with a visit by Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani. The gathering was held as the students were protesting Rouhani’s presence on their campus and made specific demands for the release of jailed college students.
Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), issued a message of support and solidarity with the students of Tehran University and emphasized Rouhani’s role in the regime’s crackdown against the Iranian people, especially college students.
“Hail to freedom-loving students who protested Rouhani’s presence at #TehranUniversity. Overlooking the presence of security forces, they chanted, ‘classrooms are empty, students are in prisons’ and ‘free imprisoned students.’ Rouhani has always been a top official in charge of suppression of students, esp. during their 1999 uprising,” Mrs. Rajavi said.
Hail to freedom loving students who protested Rouhani’s presence at #TehranUniversity. Overlooking the presence of security forces, they chanted, “classrooms are empty, students are in prisons” and “free imprisoned students.” #Iran #FreeIran— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) October 16, 2019
Scenes of Tehran University students protesting a visit by Iranian regime president, Hassan Rouhani – October 17, 2019
The Iranian regime has a history of imposing harsh crackdown measures against college students.
Ms. Leila Hossainzadeh, a Tehran University student of anthropology, was arrested on July 28 by agents of the regime’s notorious Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), for taking part in a peaceful student protest last year.
On June 24, she was sentenced by Tehran’s appeals court to two-and-half years of imprisonment along with hard labor, and two more years of probation and being barred from traveling outside the country.
Ms. Hosseinzadeh, who served as the secretary of Tehran University students’ central council, was arrested during the nationwide uprisings in 2018. She was later released temporarily on bail.
All the while, college students have refused to succumb to the harsh conditions imposed by the mullahs’ regime.
Just recently, dozens of students in Tehran’s Science and Industries University held a night gathering on Tuesday, October 15, following a number of food poisoning cases after eating food from the campus self-service section. At least 60 students were reportedly transferred to a hospital until early Wednesday morning hours, local time. The gathering was held as students in the male section of the dormitory began voicing complaints about the “horrible food conditions” served on campus.
The protesting students were seen marching and continuing their demonstration in the early hours of Wednesday morning towards the campus management building. Ambulances were constantly transferring the food poisoned students to hospitals as their classmates were continuing their protest gathering.
On Sunday, October 13, students of Tehran’s Amir Kabir University held a demonstration in the Farabi campus in protest to the policies of the university’s administration and costs imposed by university managers. Despite hours of protest and sit-in by the students, the authorities of the university refrained from responding to their demands.
The students were chanting, “Students! Support us” and “Shame on the university’s security.”