Iranian students clash at a Tehran university as nationwide protests persist
TEHRAN, Iran — Groups of Iranian students clashed at a top university in the capital Tehran on Sunday, local media reported, amid weeks of nationwide protests over the death of Mahsa Amini.
The Islamic Republic has been gripped by protests sparked by the death of Amini, 22, on September 16 after he was arrested for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code for women.
Street violence left dozens dead, mostly among protesters, but also among security forces, and hundreds of protesters were arrested.
Classes at the prestigious Sharif University of Technology in Tehran were suspended and moved online earlier this month following clashes between protesting students and security forces.
Tasnim news agency reported that when classes resumed on Saturday, “a number of female students entered the men’s dining hall after removing their hijabs”, breaking Iranian rules on gender segregation in certain spaces. public places and the compulsory wearing of the headscarf for women.
On Sunday, a group of students “held a rally (…) to protest against the insults and profanations that had occurred at the university”, Tasnim said.
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The students, waving the Iranian flag, called on the university administration “to confront lawlessness and violation of norms” on its campus, the report added.
Another group of students “shouted vulgar slogans, smashed the dining room door and windows and threw them at the students inside,” Tasnim said, adding that “some students and staff university security guards” had been injured.
The news agency published a video allegedly showing students kicking the door, while others blocked it from inside the dining hall.
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The university said on Sunday it had barred entry to “a small number of students” because of their role in “creating an uncomfortable atmosphere”, local media reported.
The students have been “temporarily banned from attending the university for their own benefit and for the benefit of the university”, the Shargh newspaper quoted the statement as saying.
On October 2, riot police confronted about 200 students who had gathered at Sharif University and were chanting against the authorities, the Mehr news agency reported.
Forces used tear gas and paintballs, Mehr said, adding that officers carried weapons that fire non-lethal steel balls.
Deputy Interior Minister Majid Mirahmadi said Saturday that protests at universities and elsewhere had diminished.
“There are various gatherings in some universities, which are decreasing every day, and the riots are going through their last days,” Mirahmadi was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.