After students protested at Sharif University in Iran, riot police went there
On the 16th day of protests after Mahsa Amini’s death, students at Sharif University in Tehran were out in the streets.
Iranian security forces raided a top university in Tehran and arrested several students as protests over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody have been going on for more than two weeks.
Students were protesting inside the prestigious Sharif University of Technology in the capital on Sunday afternoon when riot police surrounded the university for several hours, trapping the students and injuring a number of them before arresting a number of them in the latest crackdown on protesters, according to an official university students’ association and reports from local outlets.
Since September 17, when they started in Amini’s hometown of Saqqez in the western province of Kurdistan, protests have been going on in universities in Tehran and all over the country. She died on September 16. She had been arrested by Iran’s morality police a few days earlier because they thought she wasn’t dressing in a “modest” way.
The state-run news site IRNA said that no one was killed during the unrest at Sharif University. Hundreds of people, including the worried families of students who were stuck inside, also gathered in the streets around the campus.
After a while, the campus was cleared, but the streets around it were still busy until after midnight. After what happened on Sunday, Sharif University said that until further notice, all classes would be held online.
Other big universities in Tehran and cities like Shiraz, Mashhad, and Sanandaj also held protests on Saturday and Sunday.
In some cities, like Tehran, there were also protests in the streets.
Even though there are strict internet restrictions that block access to all social media sites and get worse from afternoon to midnight every day, the protests keep going on.
On Saturday, Iranians living outside of Iran said that they had set up protests in more than 150 cities around the world, where thousands of people showed up.
During the protests in Iran, dozens of people have been killed, and no one knows how many have been arrested. So far, there have been no official counts.
Protesters have asked the Iranian government to stop telling women what to wear, but the Iranian government has said no.
The Iranian government has tried to call the unrest “riots” instead of “protests” and blamed it on foreign powers and Kurdish secessionist groups.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps has attacked what it says are bases run by Kurdish separatist groups in Iraq. The most deadly of these attacks happened on September 28, when at least 13 people were killed.
In a televised session of parliament on Sunday, lawmakers chanted “Thank you, police” and “Down with Israel” to show their support for the government and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Khamenei spoke out about the protests for the first time on Monday, saying that he backed Iran’s security forces.
Lawmakers have also asked Amini’s family to come to the parliament to talk about the results of an investigation into her death, which should be done in the next few days.
Authorities said that Amini was not beaten and that her death, which seemed to be a stroke while she was in police custody, was due to health problems she already had. But Amini’s family said that this was not true.
In an interview with the Etemad newspaper that came out on Sunday, their lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, said that the police officers who arrested her had body cameras. The police force in Tehran has denied this claim.