Violent clashes broke out on Sunday between security forces and student protesters on university campuses across Iran, according to activists and human rights groups in the country.
Students continued to protest in large numbers at some of the country’s major universities despite warnings from the head of the country’s Revolutionary Guard, Hossein Salami, that Saturday was the last day of protests.
In a video obtained by CNN via the pro-reformist outlet Iran Wire, two uniformed officers are seen trying to arrest a protester. The video is said to have been recorded at Sanandaj Technical College in northwest Iran.
In the capital Tehran, activist groups claimed clashes broke out at Azad University between protesters, members of the Basij militia and plainclothes police officers, but CNN could not independently verify whether security forces were involved in the clash.
After the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on September 16 after being detained by “morality police” and taken to a “re-education center”, protests have been ongoing in the Islamic Republic for weeks. The country’s conservative dress code.
In a video posted by activist group 1500 Tasveer, a large crowd of protesters can be seen, some holding sticks. Tear gas is seen being thrown at the crowd but it is not clear who fired it.
In another video obtained by CNN via the pro-reform activist outlet Iranwire, students from another university in the capital, Tehran University, are seen marching and chanting: “This is not the time to mourn. It is time for anger.”
The official state news agency IRNA reported a “massive gathering” of students and professors at Tehran University “in response to the recent incident and terrorist attack on the shrine of “Shahcheragh” in the southern city of Shiraz on Wednesday.”
Also in Sanandaj, gunshots can be heard in a video posted by the Kurdish rights group Hengaw, recorded near the University of Kurdistan.
Activist group 1500 Tasveer also posted a video on Sunday showing security forces outside another educational facility in the province, Sanandaj Technical College for Girls.
Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO), a Norway-based NGO, in a statement on Sunday condemned the “encroachment of university campuses by armed plainclothes forces and violent action against peaceful student protests”.
“As nationwide protests continue, Islamic Republic armed plainclothes forces have entered university campuses and violently crushed and arrested protesting students,” IHRNGO said.
Mahmoud Amiri-Moghaddam, IHRNGO director and professor at the University of Oslo, called on “universities and academic institutions around the world to support the students’ demands and condemn the horrific violation of university campuses by Islamic Republic forces.”
On Saturday, the head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, Hossein Salami, called on Iranian youth in particular to refrain from protesting.
“Today is the last day of riots. Don’t hit the road again. What do you want from this nation?” Salami said.