Iranian Students Protest at Tehran and Sharif Universities

Hundreds of university students staged demonstrations Monday at Tehran University and Tuesday at Sharif University, waving green ribbons and balloons and chanting slogans against the Iranian regime.
The Iranian student website advarnews.com reported that hundreds of university students held up their hands in the V for victory sign and chanted slogans against President Ahmadi-nejad and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenehi, including “Death to the dictator!” and “Ahmadi, Ahmadi, this is the last message, the green movement is ready for uprising!” The reformist website Norooz estimated that about a thousand students took part in the demonstration, according to a Reuters report.
Ahmadi-nejad was scheduled to appear at Tehran University but apparently failed to show up. No reason was given for his absence.
Officials had expressed concerns about student protests breaking out at the universities as the new school year began. But despite being warned to refrain from political activity, students staged demonstrations anyway.
Iranian bloggers reported that several short clips of video footage posted on YouTube showed that a smaller group of students chanted “Death to dictator!” and “Shame! Shame! Representative who is against the people!” Sunday, at the philosophy faculty of Tehran University during an appearance by a former speaker of Iran’s parliament, Gholam Ali Hadad Adel.
The following day, scores of students joined together in a demonstration at Tehran’s Sharif University of Technology. The students called for political prisoners to be released, voiced their support for reformist Ayatollahs Montazeri and Sanei and chanted slogans like, “Torture and rape, no longer have any effect,” “This regime is fascist, and at one point must stop,” and “As long as Ahmadi-nejad is president, the situation is going to remain the same.”
For years, the Islamic Republic has attempted to impose its will within university walls. Years ago, it started to censor and restrict the humanities. Scholars in various fields including sociology, psychology, law, literature and political science were expelled or forced to resign. Earlier this month, the Iranian supreme leader issued a directive to purge the social sciences in an effort to eliminate “ungodly” Western thought.
“Many of the humanities and liberal arts are based on philosophies whose foundations are materialism and disbelief in godly and Islamic teachings,” Khamenehi said.
Footage of the protests can be view at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YetR9GQAjww and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEkhBAGX7Y8

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