Iranian students protest against Khamenei and the revolutionary Guard at the Tehran University in Tehran, January 14, 2020. (EPA-EFE)

January 14, 2020

Reports and videos on social media on Tuesday show students in several universities in Tehran continuing their protests against the regime on a fourth day with slogans against the Supreme Leader, the Revolutionary Guard and the Basij militia.

A video from Shahid Beheshti University showed pro-regime students on one side and the protesting students on the other chanting against each other. The pro-regime students were using a loudspeaker to drown the voices of the protesting students who shouted at them: “Beware, we are united!”

In another video the students retort “Basij and IRGC members are our Da’ish” when pro-regime students, mainly Basij militia members, chant “Down with Israel, Down with Britain.

Pro-regime and protesting students chanting against each other at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran.
Students at Tehran University chanting against Khamenei.

In Art University students chanted “We are children of war, let’s fight to the end” while in Tehran University the slogans were against the state-run broadcaster and Khamenei while at Tehran Medical Sciences University the students are calling for the resignation of officials.

The students chanted that they would give their lives “to take Iran back” and called on Khamenei, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, to resign and called him a murderer. For the first time a slogan chanted by the students said they did not want a referendum or reforms. The slogan called for “strikes and revolution” instead.

The Revolutionary Guard which is under Khamenei’s direct command was responsible for downing a Ukrainian plane last week. The authorities concealed the truth from the public for three days. President Hassan Rouhani’s administration says even the president was kept in the dark for two days.

According to social media reports security forces as well as plainclothes agents are heavily present outside the university and nearby areas and prevent people from stopping or gathering or allowing the students to get out of the university campus.

The rally at Tehran University is still going on (15:00 GMT).

At around 17:00 GMT news emerged on social media about the protest at Tehran University spreading out to the street while other reports claimed students at Amir Kabir Industrial University had been locked in the campus with a group of vigilantes (Basij militia) who were beating up the students.

Radio Farda

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