MEK Iran: Iranians Commemorate Student Day Despite Security Pressure
Each year, Iranians commemorate Student Day, which is 16 Azar in the Iranian calendar, or December 6th or 7th. The important feature of this day is that it originated in 1953 when 3 students at Tehran University were killed by the Shah’s regime because of their participation in a peaceful protest.
Over the last forty-plus years, the mullahs’ regime has tried to downplay the event and have even exploited it by holding pro-government ceremonies. This hasn’t gone down well with students and they have used these state-run ceremonies to protest the Iranian regime’s human rights violations, their exporting of terrorism, and useless nuclear projects.
Student Day in Iran Marked by Brave Female Students: Daily suppression didn’t stop the students from commemorating the anniversary of the uprising, especially (#PMOI/#Iran) supporters by joining the #MEK resistance units. https://t.co/QYSGui3cyJ
— StopFundamentalism (@SFundamentalism) December 7, 2020
This year, Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi Iranian Minister for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tried to repair the relationship with disaffected youth. On Twitter, for example, Azari-Jahromi suggested to the students that they should enjoy their youth as much as possible.
It is no surprise that the Iranian Censorship Minister not only told the students to make the most of their youth but also arrests them for things they have posted on social media. He tracks students’ activities on social media and if there is any sign of dissidence bans them from using Twitter, Telegram, and Facebook. Azari worked previously with the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and was given the responsibility of detaining, torturing, interrogating, and dissidents, particularly young people, supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).
Student groups have been marking the #StudentsDay virtually on social media as the Ministry of Science and Higher Education has said that there will be no official program or event for the day.#MEK #Iran pic.twitter.com/KbRiiGITuS
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) December 8, 2020
This June Azari-Jahromi had associates based in Urmia city, northwestern Iran, who arrested the social media and political activist Hamed Ghare-Oghlani when he was defending the rights of political prisoners. For at least three weeks after the arrest intelligence agents used torture to force him to confess to actions, he had never been a part of. During this period he was denied access to a lawyer or any of his family. Eventually, the 2nd Branch of Urmia’s Revolutionary Court sentenced him to the death penalty in early December, accused him of being a member of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), an illegal organization in Iran.
“The I#MEK #Iran urges the United Nations and all human rights organizations to take urgent action to overturn the death sentence of Hamed Qarah Oghlaei and secure the release of all political prisoners, especially in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.https://t.co/LKIveg8QYI pic.twitter.com/vez241ZFgX
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) December 7, 2020
On that same day, Iranian citizens broadcast a tweetstorm in an effort to get Ghare-Oghlani off the death penalty. They also recalled the treatment of Ali Younesi and Amir Hossein Moradi by Azari-Jahromi for their arrests based on false accusations. Gholam-Hossein Esmaili, who represents the judiciary, said that links had been established between the two students and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).
“A youth of Iran’s children is in danger… We need all [to support]… Sharing [the news] is the least job we can do, we should not hesitate; #AmirHosseinMoradi,” he tweeted to save Amir Hossein Moradi, adding, “We should not be indifferent… Tomorrow is our turn; #AliYounesi.”
In total contradiction to what youths were told by Javad Azari-Jahromi (to enjoy their youth) was the killings by the State Security Forces (SSF), the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), and MOIS agents in the past years that had shortened the lives of much Iranian youth. The Censorship Minister was reminded about the treatment of wrestling champion Navid Afkari, who was forced to confess to things he did not do and was executed in early September.
6th of December and marks the day that 3 #Tehran University students were murdered by police way back in 1953. They were freedom fighters and since that time every Iranian university uses the word “university” to mean bastion of freedom.https://t.co/QYSGui3cyJ #Iran pic.twitter.com/bBTOToSdJn
— StopFundamentalism (@SFundamentalism) December 7, 2020
Iranians also confronted Azari-Jahromi about what happened to the rights of 23 children, who were killed by the SSF and IRGC in November 2019.
It seems that no longer do the Iranians want any more religious tyranny inflicted upon them because both the country and its resources are wasted. Iranian youths have made it quite clear that they would be only able to enjoy their youthful years when the dictators are out of power.
Daily suppression didn’t stop the students from commemorating the anniversary of the Student Day, especially (PMOI / MEK Iran) supporters by joining the MEK resistance units, across the country.
Treasuring (December 6), the #StudentDay in #Iran, which epitomizes the Iranian student’s cry for freedom &their protests against the dictatorships of the Shah &the mullahs. We also cherish the memory of Dr. Maleki, the freedom-loving former president of Tehran University. pic.twitter.com/DBdyM1889Y
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) December 6, 2020
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI): Treasuring (December 6), the Student Day in Iran, which epitomizes the Iranian student’s cry for freedom and their protests against the dictatorships of the Shah and the mullahs. We also cherish the memory of Dr. Maleki, the freedom-loving former president of Tehran University.
Tags: Iran human rights, Iran Opposition, Iran Protests, IRGC, Maryam Rajavi, MEK, MEK Support, Mujahedin-e Khalq, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), NCRI, People's Mojahedin organization of Iran, PMOI