Student protests at Tehran Open University were confronted with violence on Tuesday October 12. Amir Kabir Newsletter reported 2000 people participated in today's protests. Reportedly, Basij forces attacked the students with pepper spray, tear gas and truncheons.
The engineering students of the Open University expressed their protests to the disputed June elections and the consequent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad government with chants of "death to the dictator!" and "Government risen from a coup; Resign, Resign!"
Last Tuesday also 1500 students staged a similar protest chanting anti-government slogans.
In the past months, Tehran, Khajeh Nasireddin-e Toosi, Elm-o San-at, Sharif and Shiraz Universities were witness to large student gatherings in protest of the post-election events.
The Islamic Association of Democracy-seeking
students of Tehran and Medical Sciences Universities issued a statement today
announcing: "Until the return of the republic and freedom, we will continue our
Masses of Iranians along with opposition leaders claim the June presidential elections were rigged to secure Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory. Massive demonstrations and protests were confronted with fierce violence from government armed forces especially the Basij militia which resulted in tens of deaths.
While the mass protests ceased following the
campaign of mass arrests, on September 18, once more people staged a mass
demonstration to confirm their continued demands for justice and transparency in
Since the opening of the universities three weeks ago, students have carried the torch of protests, reminding the authorities that the election protests still persist.
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