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Photos and Report of Student Day Protests at Tehran's Honar University

Source: Amirkabir University News
Photos by Hamid Salehi, former photographer of Etemad Melli daily - The Student Day program at Tehran's Honar University started at around 10 AM on Monday December 7 with students singing "my schoolmate" song in the grounds of the university. From the beginning of the program, the students gathered behind the main gate of the university and chanted slogans such as "death to the dictator," "ya Hossein, Mir-Hossein," "political prisoner must be freed," and so on.

Soon after that, people gathered outside the gates of the university and started chanting together with the students against the regime. These people were attacked repeatedly by the security forces and this resulted in strong protests by the students.

Next the protest statement was read aloud, while the students chanted "death to the dictator" and "Allahoakbar".

Around 1 PM, the students from Amirkabir (Polytechnique) University gathered outside the gates in Vali Asr avenue. The union of the students formed a beautiful circle, and their chanting of slogans against dictatorship filled the surrounding streets. With the expansion of the protests, Revolutionary Guards and Basij militia gathered in front of the (adjoining) gates of the two universities.  Moments later, the students broke the gates of Amirkabir and invited people to enter the university grounds. This was followed with heavy clashes among students and Basij which lasted for about an hour and resulted in injury to some of the students, broken hands and legs, and even head injury to one of the security officers of Honar University.

The plainclothes agents were next to storm the university grounds; but they were confronted by the law enforcement officers and dispersed. Then about 100 law enforcement officers placed themselves in front of the gates of Honar University for protection.

All along during the protests, the students were under the watchful eyes of the security officials who were videotaping them and taking their pictures. But the students continued their protests regardless. They chanted against the regime, burned a poster of Ahmadinejad (see video), poured green paint on the ground and wrote Mir-Hossein Mousavi's name on the entrance of the university.

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