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World In Iran, high school students join the anti-regime events

22:50  05 october  2022
22:50  05 october  2022 Source:   observers.france24.com

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Une lycéenne en uniforme scolaire déchire des photos du ayatollah Ali Khamenei. © Observers A high school student in school uniform tears photos of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The contestation movement that has been shaking Iran for a few weeks has made its way in high schools in parallel with the start of the school year in October. Videos published on social networks show high school students, including several young girls. They put themselves in the chanting slogans, beating the cobblestones or removing their veil in the playgrounds. A movement considering as a distrust of social norms, which the police are severely seeking to silence.

They chant “death to the dictator!” Or “Woman! Life ! Freedom !" : These young girls and young women have been at the forefront of continuous demonstrations in Iran since September 16. While the start of the school year begins on October 2 in Iran, the protest movement in turn reaches the country's high schools.

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On October 3, in a city close to Tehran, an official of the Ministry of Education gave a speech in a high school, emphasizing the importance of the Islamic veil. A group of young girls replied: “Shame on you!” Then threw projectiles in his face before chasing him out of school.

The same scene was repeated in another establishment in the center of the country: a representative of the Basij forces, a paramilitary branch of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution, spoke with a group of high school girls. They brandished their sails, shouting to go and see elsewhere.

The wave of protest has caused a movement hostile to the compulsory port of the Islamic veil and its rigorous imposition by the Iranian “moral police”. Mahsa Amini, a 22 -year -old woman, died after her arrest by the same police. His crime: dressing "indecent".

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The movement has quickly evolved, implying more global requirements accompanied of an anti-regime feeling. In a school in the province of Razavi Khorasan, high school students have trampled on portraits from current Ayatollah, Ali Khamenei. Others have put photos of the supreme guide in pieces or have made a finger of honor to its portraits adorning the walls of their class. Still others chanted "death to the dictator!" in the courtyard of the high school.

However, these “acts of distrust” can have serious consequences. The Iranian police, including the formidable Basij, violently repress demonstrations, with real bullets, tear gas and batons. Women and girls were particularly targeted.

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, the repression even made victims among the adolescents who joined the protest movement: Nika Shahkarami, 16, disappeared The night of September 20 after participating in a demonstration in Tehran. According to the Persian BBC, it was found four days later, dead. The same source indicates that the authorities sought to bury it discreetly in order to avoid rekindling the demonstrations.

At least 154 demonstrators have been killed since the start of the protest, reports the Iran Human Rights organization.

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