DUBAI, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Female students in Tehran chanted “get lost” as Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi visited their college campus on Saturday and condemned protesters enraged by the dying of a younger girl in custody, movies on social media confirmed.
Raisi addressed professors and students at Alzahra University in Tehran, reciting a poem that equated “rioters” with flies, as nationwide demonstrations entered a fourth week.
“They imagine they can achieve their evil goals in universities,” Raisi mentioned on state TV. “Unbeknownst to them, our students and professors are alert and will not allow the enemy to realise their evil goals.”
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A video posted on Twitter by the activist 1500tasvir web site confirmed what it mentioned had been girls students chanting “Raisi get lost” and “Mullahs get lost” as the president visited their campus. Another social media video confirmed students chanting: “We don’t want a corrupt guest”, in reference to Raisi.
Reuters couldn’t instantly confirm the movies.
A state coroner’s report denied that 22-year-old Mahsa Amini had died due to blows to the top and limbs whereas in custody of the morality police and linked her dying to pre-existing medical situations, state media mentioned on Friday.
Amini, an Iranian Kurd, was arrested in Tehran on Sept. 13 for carrying “inappropriate attire” and died three days later.
Her dying has ignited nationwide demonstrations, marking the most important problem to Iran’s clerical leaders in years. Women have eliminated their veils in defiance of the clerical institution whereas livid crowds referred to as for the downfall of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The authorities has described the protests as a plot by Iran’s enemies together with the United States, accusing armed dissidents – amongst others – of violence by which a minimum of 20 members of the safety forces have been reported killed.
Rights teams say greater than 185 folks have been killed, lots of injured and hundreds arrested by safety forces confronting protests.
After a name for mass demonstrations on Saturday, safety forces shot at protesters and used tear gasoline within the Kurdish cities of Sanandaj and Saqez, in accordance to the Iranian human rights group Hengaw.
In Sanandaj, capital of the northwestern Kurdistan province, one man lay useless in his automotive whereas a lady screamed “shameless”, in accordance to Hengaw, which mentioned the person had been shot by safety forces after he honked his horn as an indication of protest.
A senior police official repeated the declare by safety forces that they didn’t use stay bullets and advised state media that the person had been killed by armed dissidents.
State media performed down the protests throughout Tehran, the capital, reporting “limited” demonstrations in dozens of areas. It mentioned many bazaar merchants had shut their retailers for worry of injury within the unrest, denying there was a strike.
But movies on social media confirmed what appeared to be the most important protests prior to now three weeks in lots of Tehran neighbourhoods, together with a crowd packing streets within the lower-income southern neighbourhood of Nazi Abad.
Videos shared on social media confirmed protests in a number of main cities. One video confirmed a younger girl mendacity unconscious on the bottom after she was apparently shot within the northeastern metropolis of Mashhad, Iran’s second most populous metropolis.
The Norway-based Iran Human Rights mentioned a minimum of 185 folks had been killed within the protests, with the best variety of killings within the restive Sistan-Baluchistan province within the southeast.
As state TV confirmed footage of Ayatollah Khamenei on its principal night information, the printed was briefly interrupted in an obvious hack along with his picture, surrounded by flames, subsequent to footage of Amini and three different girls allegedly killed through the protests.
The protests’ signature slogan, “Woman, Life, Freedom”, could possibly be heard as Edalate Ali hacker group posted its net addresses. The group final yr hacked safety cameras and uncovered mistreatment of prisoners in a jail principally holding political prisoners. [nL1N2PV1CH}
CALL FOR UNITY
After a weekly meeting, Raisi and Iran’s head of judiciary and parliament speaker called for unity.
“Currently, the Iranian society needs the unity of all its strata regardless of language, religion and ethnicity to overcome the hostility and division spread by anti-Iranians,” they said in a statement.
Hengaw also carried a video of emergency personnel trying to resuscitate a person and said one protester had died after being shot in the abdomen by security forces in Sanandaj. Reuters could not verify the video.
One of the schools in Saqez city’s square was filled with girls chanting “Woman, life, freedom”, Hengaw reported.
The widely followed 1500tasvir Twitter account also reported shootings at protesters in the two northwestern Kurdish cities.
A university student who was on his way to join protests in Tehran said he was not afraid of being arrested or even killed.
“They can kill us, arrest us but we will not remain silent anymore. Our classmates are in jail. How can we remain silent?” the student, who asked to remain anonymous, told Reuters.
Internet watchdog NetBlocks said the internet had been cut in Sanandaj again amid protests in Kurdish areas.
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Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Writing by Michael Georgy
Editing by Ros Russell, Nick Macfie and Leslie Adler
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