Iran General NewsIran campus hunger strike spreading

Iran campus hunger strike spreading

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Iran Focus: Tehran, Jun. 06 – Students in Payam-Nour University of Ardebil (northwest Iran) began a hunger strike, protesting the arrests of fellow student activists. In the latest in a string of university hunger strikes across the country, students in Payam-Nour University announced in a statement, “In memory of those who could use their wealth of knowledge … Iran Focus

Tehran, Jun. 06 – Students in Payam-Nour University of Ardebil (northwest Iran) began a hunger strike, protesting the arrests of fellow student activists.

In the latest in a string of university hunger strikes across the country, students in Payam-Nour University announced in a statement, “In memory of those who could use their wealth of knowledge for educating the county’s youth and themselves become society’s educated class but who are instead imprisoned for voicing their opinion and belief, we will go on political hunger strike”.

In a separate development today, students in the University of Yazd (central Iran) started a hunger strike in protest against a recent government clampdown on student activists.

The students said they began their hunger strike after recent threats by the authorities against them.

A number of students have been arrested by the secret police, the Ministry of Intelligence and Security, on bogus charges.

Campus protests have been reported in a dozen universities across Iran in recent days. Universities of Tehran, Amir Kabir (Tehran), Zanjan, Isfahan, Jahrom, Khoy, Shahr-e Kord and Zabol are among the universities across the country that have witnessed student protests and, on some occasions, clashes between students and security forces in recent days.

As student protests continue to rise, the government has widened its crackdown on campuses. Last week, eight students in Tehran University, including Karim Assayesh, an activist in Tehran University’s Law School, were summoned to the Disciplinary Committee to face expulsion. The Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran last week sentenced Mojtaba Najafi, a student activist in Tehran’s Allameh Tabatabai University, to four months in prison.

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