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Iran protests: Security personnel and students collide at a university in Tehran

Iran protests: Security personnel and students collide at a university in Tehran

During the country’s ongoing anti-government rallies, Iranian security forces and students engaged in combat overnight at a top university in Tehran.

According to reports, many Sharif University of Technology students were reportedly detained in a parking lot that had been cordoned off by security forces.

In one video, it appeared like students were fleeing as shots were being fired.

On September 17, after the death of a lady being detained by the morality police, anti-government demonstrations broke out.

Mahsa Amini’s death was termed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as a “bitter occurrence” that “seriously hurt my heart” in his first public remarks.

However, he branded the widespread demonstrations as “riots” that had been “organized” by Israel and the United States, as well as their paid operatives, with a few treasonous Iranians living abroad.

Ms. Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, was accused of violating the tight legislation mandating women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf, by officers in the capital hours before she was put into a coma. A week later, in the hospital, she passed away.

Her family claims that police hit her in the head with a baton and hit one of their cars. According to the authorities, she experienced “sudden heart failure” and there is no indication of any abuse.

At her funeral, protests began, and they quickly expanded across the nation to cause the worst upheaval the nation has seen in years.

For first-year Sharif University of Technology students, Sunday marked the start of the academic year.

Around 200 students reportedly gathered on campus on Sunday afternoon and started screaming “woman, life, freedom” and “students choose death to humiliation,” according to the semi-official Mehr news agency. More extreme and anti-clerical establishment slogans emerged as the march went on, it claimed.

When security officers arrived on campus in the late afternoon, fights broke out. According to Mehr, security guards sprayed paintballs and tear gas, which prompted several students to retreat to one of the university’s parking lots.

A group of individuals is seen attempting to flee via a parking lot while being pursued by security personnel riding motorcycles in one social media video.

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Several students were reportedly beaten or shot with pellet guns, and 30 to 40 people were detained, according to reports.

After visiting the campus to meet with the students and security personnel, Science Minister Mohammad Ali Zulfigol, according to the state news agency Irna, the order was declared restored.

Because of recent events and the necessity to protect students, courses at the institution were canceled on Monday and transferred online, according to Mehr.

Despite an increasing death toll, protests in Tehran and many other places have intensified over the past two nights.

A Norwegian organization called Iran Human Rights said on Sunday that security forces have so far killed at least 133 individuals. They include the 41 demonstrators who, according to ethnic Baluch activists, were killed during violence on Friday in the southern city of Zahedan.

Authorities have vowed to crack down severely on “rioters,” who they claim were incited by Iran’s adversaries abroad.

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