Dozens of people were arrested when Iranian security forces attacked university buildings Iran

Dozens of people were arrested when Iranian security forces attacked university buildings Iran

Iranian security forces have carried out a series of attacks on university students at universities across the country, and dozens of students have been arrested. according to the Union of Iranian Students.

According to student organizations and human rights groups, attacks on universities intensified this week as young people gathered to celebrate the 40th day. Mahsa Amin He died in the custody of Iran’s morality police in September. The death of the 22-year-old woman sparked eight weeks of nationwide protests against the regime. The highly symbolic 40th day traditionally marks the end of mourning.

Student Union of Iran He has documented more than 40 arrests of university students and collects reports of arrests and raids on campuses by security forces across the country on his Telegram channel.

The Norwegian human rights group Hengaw, which reports on Kurdish-majority areas in western Iran, said the fate of dozens of youths arrested last week and dozens more arrested by security forces for participating in earlier protests remains unknown.

Anusha*, a student at Tehran University, told the Guardian that she was brutally attacked by security forces as she was leaving her university last weekend.

“One of my best friends was arrested this weekend off campus and I still don’t know where he is,” she said. “[After the protests] The security forces were waiting for the students to leave the university and started beating us with batons.

“We all ran for our lives,” Anoushe said. “We have been warned by our teaching staff to stop the protests immediately to avoid arrests [but] we don’t stop.”

Students at Mashhad University also said they were attacked by security forces this week videos online show plainclothes officers dragging students into cars.

Karim* said he was part of a group of about 200 students who gathered on October 26 to mark Mahsa Amini’s 40th day of mourning.

Moments after arriving, Karim claims security forces locked the gates and blocked the exits. He said the students were detained and beaten when they tried to leave.

“After three hours, when the security forces used tear gas and batons, I was able to get out, but at least seven of my friends have been arrested this week. When they are taken, no one knows where they are. University officials are powerless,” he said.

“I don’t know a friend who hasn’t witnessed a kidnapping, arrest, or helped save an injured friend. The student unions in Mashhad believe that at least 50 students have been arrested in our city alone.”

Another student from Mashhad, who said he was attacked on October 29 while participating in a protest, said security forces beat the youths unconscious and denied them access to medical care.

“One of my best friends was beaten so badly that I spent the last four days in the hospital taking care of him,” she said. “We waited for hours to enter the university and take him to the hospital.

“I know more students were arrested during the week. We don’t know where they are or if they are safe. The next time they close us down, they will kill dozens of people.”

There is no information about some of the students who were arrested at the beginning of the protests after their arrest. According to the student union, one young woman, Zainab Nasiri, a sociology student at Isfahan University, was reportedly arrested outside her home on October 2 and taken to Dolatabad prison. It is not known what happened to him or what charges have been brought against him.

On October 30, Human Rights Watch estimated that at least 308 university students had been arrested by regime forces since the protests began. Iran’s human rights The group (IHRNGO) condemned the mass arrests and “harassment” of university buildings by Iranian security forces. The group said special police forces, plainclothes officers who were reportedly armed, “attacked and abducted the students from their dormitories.”

IHRNGO has warned that dozens of protesters, including university students, could face the death penalty after Iranian authorities began charging those arrested with security-related crimes, including “enmity against God”.Mohareb) and “corruption on earth” (ephsad-fil-arz).

Hadi Ghaemi, CEO Center for Human Rights in Iran “The execution of protesters, after Iranian authorities illegally arrested tens of thousands of peaceful protesters and killed hundreds in an indiscriminate use of lethal force to suppress demonstrations, is a blatant attempt; terrorize the people of Iran by silencing them. it will reinforce the status of the Islamic Republic as an outlaw state that has no respect for law or life.”

On October 31, the head of Tehran’s provincial judiciary said they had issued at least 1,000 indictments against those arrested on charges related to the protests. According to the latest data, at least 277 people, including 40 children, were killed during the nationwide demonstrations.

According to human rights groups, Nazila MarufyanA Tehran-based journalist from Amini’s hometown, Mahsa, was also arrested and taken to Tehran’s Evin Prison after publishing an interview with Amini’s father. Mostaghel Online: News Website.

According to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, 51 journalists were arrested as a result of the crackdown, 14 of whom have so far been released on bail.

Names have been changed to protect identities.

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