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Students Protest Gathering Leads To Clashes With Militia

Student protest gathering in Amirkabir University on March 11, disrupted by Baseej militia.

A protest gathering by a number of students at Amir Kabir University in Tehran on Sunday, March 11, has led to clashes with Baseej militia.

The students have been protesting to long prison sentences given to university students arrested during the past three months.

Videos released on social media on Sunday March 11 show clashes erupting following the arrival of the Baseej members.

In all universities the Baseej have a presence and students can enroll as members. They are used to oppose dissident students and disrupt their events.

Former student movement activist Ali Afshari told Radio Farda’s Baktash Khamsehpour that the gathering took place in protest to the security atmosphere in the universities and the officials’ failure to meet the students’ demands.

Afshari said, the students demand the cancellation of verdicts issued for arrested students.

Meanwhile, Tehran MP Mahmoud Sadeqi has said that about 50 students have been arrested outside the campuses or at their homes following the December-January unrest.

In one of the most recent cases, student activist Leila Hosseinzadeh has been sentenced to six years in jail. She has also been barred from travelling abroad.