Fresh Wave of Protests Starting From Universities Spread To Several Cities In Iran

Fresh Wave of Protests Starting From Universities Spread To Several Cities In Iran

January 12, 2020

Crowds gathering in front of Ostad Moein St in Tehran in protest against Khamenei for deceiving the public about plane crash. January 12, 2020.
Crowds gathering in front of Ostad Moein St in Tehran in protest against Khamenei for deceiving the public about a plane crash. January 12, 2020.

Reports from Tehran say there are tight security measures near several universities and academic centers particularly in downtown Tehran where demonstrations have been going on since Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, large groups of young people gathered at the Azadi Square in Tehran Sunday afternoon and early evening to hold a vigil while chanting slogans against the regime and the IRGC, protesting the downing of a Ukrainian airliner that left 176 passengers and crew, including many Iranian students and academics dead.

Marchers chanted, “A government of Guards…We reject, we reject”, in a reference to IRGC with tremendous political and economic power in Iran.

Roozbeh Bolhari@Roozbeh1963

شعار جمعیت معترض در نزدیکی تهران:
“حکومت سپاهی / نمی‌خوایم نمی‌خوایم”. 

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جمعیت معترض در حرکت به سمت میدان آزادی شعار می دهند:
▪️حکومت سپاهی / نمی‌خوایم نمی‌خوایم@ordoyekar

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It appears that the protest demonstrations that shook Iran in mid-November are making a comeback with a renewed rigor. However, the riot police appear to be more reserved after reportedly killing up to 1,500 demonstrators in the previous round of the protests. No deaths were reported so far on Saturday and Sunday.

Eyewitnesses have already reported security forces intermittently shooting in the air and using tear gas in Tehran including at Azadi Square Sunday evening. Foreign-based satellite TVs have been reporting about the police beating the demonstrators as darkness fell over the Iranian capital.

Videos on social media later in the evening showed scenes of plainclothes agents attacking people and in one case an agents is said to have shot a woman in the leg,

Fresh demonstrations are also reported in Isfahan, Tabriz, Gorgan, Rasht, Shiraz, Sanandaj, Kermanshah, Qazvin and several other Iranian cities Sunday evening.

A Tehran University professor observed that security measures were even tight around Imam Sadeq University where selected pro-regime students study to become the cadres of the Iranian Foreign Ministry and Intelligence Ministry.

Professor Sadeq Zibakalam wrote: “It is understandable though bitter to see special unit troops near the Polytechnic, Sharif, Tehran, Beheshti and Allame Universities. But seeing special units in front of Imam Sadeq University is still bitter but not understandable as they are carefully selected. Do they need to be watched too?”

Anti-riot troops and armored vehicles were also reported to be present near Beheshti University in northern Tehran on the slopes of the Alborz mountains.

Students at Beheshti University refused to stampede on U.S. and Israeli flags while booing a handful of students belonging to Basij militia who stepped on the flags.

Rep. Anna V. Eskamani @AnnaForFlorida

Another reflection of Iranian students not reflecting the animosity towards the USA & Israel expressed by their government. 

Golnaz Esfandiari


Students at Tehran’s Beheshti university avoid walking on U.S. and Israeli flags painted at entrance. Via @mamlekate

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Elsewhere at Allame Tabatabai University, students condemned Iran’s state TV for keeping silent for three days about the missile attack on the Ukrainian airliner.

The protests in Tehran started Saturday evening following a vigil held at Amir Kabir University for the victims of the Ukrainian passenger jet shot down on Wednesday that claimed 176 Iranian lives, mainly elite students and academics on their way to Canada via Ukraine.

The vigils soon turned into anti-government demonstrations demanding regime change. Meanwhile the protests spread to several universities in other Iranian cities including Isfahan, Babolsar and Sari.

Calls were made Saturday night for further vigils at Azadi [Freedom] squares in Tehran and other cities. However, Iranian filmmaker Ms. Rakhsan Bani Etemad who made the call in Tehran said later that she was under immense pressure by security officers to call off the vigil.

Nevertheless, large groups of young people gathered at the Azadi Square in Tehran Sunday afternoon for the vigil while chanting slogans against the regime and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) which has accepted responsibility for the attack on the civilian passenger jet on Wednesday.

Also Saturday night, a commentator on state TV said that Bani Etemad was inviting trouble for herself and her daughter, a renowned actress.

Meanwhile many Iranian film, theatre, music and graphic artists have pulled out their works from the Fajr Festivals that mark the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in February.

About Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran(kacdhri)

Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran On November 2005 a group of Kurdish-Americans decided to organize a committee to work on Kurdish issues in Iran and to build a relationship among Iranian opposition groups toward democracy in Iran. The following points clarified a need for organizing and helping the Iranian political parties to come together and to start coordinating their efforts We considered that: 1. Iran is not a homogeneous ethnic society and formidable Iranian opposition parties are aligned with separate ethnic groups. 2. Persians are a minority who has been the dominating power since the end of WWI and all other minority groups have revolted at some point during the 20th century and continue to do so in this century. 3.Kurdish struggle for human rights and self-determination is the longest and most mature democratic national movement in Iran, the only one to have developed a constitution for a democratic society (The Republic of Kurdistan, Mahabad 1947). 4. We considered that any political opposition to the Islamic regime without the involvement of Turkmans, Baluoch, Azeri, Kurd and Arab groups would fail. 5. Almost all Persian nationalist parties have vowed to side with the Islamic regime to “fight” minority groups and democracy. Based on the above ideas and considerations, Kurdish Americans from Iran organized a Committee for Democracy on December 2005. “Kurdish American Committee for democracy in Iran” had a sense of obligation to take an active role in organizing the Iranian opposition groups by:

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