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On the occasion of Iran’s Students Day, a group of students demonstrated at the entrance of Tehran University for their rights on Saturday, Dec 9, 2018. At the same time, the students of Tarbiat Moallem University held a demonstration. The students of arts and architecture from Tehran’s Azad University also held a demonstration. The students held banners in support of the students of Polytechnic University who demonstrated on December 4 and were suppressed by security forces. “Polytechnic is not alone,” the banners of the students read.

Tehran University Students Protesting against Gov.  in Iran Dec 9, 2018

The Iranian regime’s security forces tried to prevent the students from holding their gathering but were met with resistance by the demonstrators.

The students also expressed their support for the steelworkers of Ahvaz and sugarcane workers of Haft Tapeh and delivered speeches in condemnation of the destructive policies of the Iranian regime.

Allameh  University Students Protesting against Gov.  in Iran Dec 9, 2018

In Tabriz, the students of Tabriz University chanted slogans and prevented Masoud Pezeshkian, the deputy chairman of the regime’s parliament, from delivering a speech at their university.

A group of students from Noushiravani University in Babol held pictures of the students who had been killed by security forces during the rule of the mullahs and their predecessor, the Shah regime. They also held pictures of teachers who have been imprisoned by the Iranian regime. Their banners read: “The university is alive.”

The students of Computer and Engineering University in Semnan commemorated Students Day and held a gathering and speeches. The students expressed their support for the workers of Ahvaz and Haft Tapeh. “Imprisoned workers must be freed,” the students chanted.

Angry unpaid steelworkers in Ahvaz protest Dec 8, 2018

Meanwhile Employees of the National Steel Group in Ahvaz, southwest Iran, launched the 30th consecutive day of protests and strike on Sunday, marching throughout the city. The protesting steelworkers were also seen rallying outside the Khuzestan Province governor’s office, demanding their delayed paychecks and protesting corrupt policies practiced by regime officials.

The workers’ demonstration began today from the Naderi Bridge outside the Bank Saderat (Export) as workers were hand in hand in a strong sign of unity.

Their chants included:

“Victory is near. Down with this deceptive government.”

“No to live in shame.”

“The center of corruption in Ahvaz is right here,” they chanted in reference to the Bank Melli branch in Ahvaz.

The steelworkers are saying if their demands go unanswered they will resort to stronger measures and there is no possibility of going back on their demands.

On Saturday morning, the steelworkers rallied for the 29th day with a large number of locals and store-owners joining their ranks and expressing support for their cause. The workers then entered the bazaar complex and continued their demonstration.

following the government’s deceptive promises to workers to end their strike, the infamous intelligence office in Ahvaz summoned a number of workers and threatened them to be arrested if the strike continued. In another yet roguish attempt, the mullahs’ intelligence has sent some mole elements among the workers in a bid to deviate their slogans and protests.

Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate, specializing in political and economic issues relating to Iran and the Middle East. Follow him on Twitter at @hassan_mahmou1  


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