A Naseri School student poisoned in Harsin, Kermanshah Province, western Iran - April 16, 2023

Horrific chemical gas attacks target schoolgirls in Iran: Parents and locals protest

A Naseri School student poisoned in Harsin, Kermanshah Province, western Iran - April 16, 2023

A Naseri School student poisoned in Harsin, Kermanshah Province, western Iran – April 16, 2023


Iran has been experiencing an escalation in protests throughout the country, with more than 282 cities seeing demonstrations from a variety of groups. Among the causes of the unrest is a recent spate of chemical gas attacks targeting schoolgirls. These aggressions, which many locals believe to be government-organized, have led to widespread outrage, with parents and activists protesting in various cities across Iran.


According to sources from the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), over 750 people have been killed and more than 30,000 arrested by the regime’s forces since the protests began. Members of the MEK Resistance Units, an Iranian opposition coalition, marched in the streets of Tehran and other cities, including Shiraz, Bandar Abbas, Hamadan, and Chalus, on April 15, chanting slogans against the regime.



Reports from Sanandaj, the provincial capital of Kurdistan in western Iran, indicate that regime operatives launched a chemical gas attack on all-girls schools, including the Nasibeh School, the Sherafat School, and the Khadijeh Kobra School, on Monday morning. Several students are in critical condition. Similar attacks were also reported in other cities, including Tehran’s Persian Gulf district, where the Setayesh High School was targeted.

In response, parents and locals have rallied outside the governor’s offices in various cities to protest the regime’s failure to protect schoolchildren. They accuse the regime’s security forces, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), of organizing the attacks.



The MEK Resistance Units and other activists have been using anti-regime slogans to rally support, including “Poisonings should be responded with measures against the mullahs’ regime!” and “Down with the oppressor, be it the Shah or [Khamenei]!”

Protests have also been staged by other groups in Iran, including retirees, pensioners, farmers, and medical staff. Retirees from the telecommunications industry in Ahvaz and other cities rallied to protest their low pensions and poor economic conditions, while farmers in Isfahan demanded their fair share of water for their lands and crops. Nurses and medical staff in Qazvin Province protested against the regime’s policies, which are delaying and decreasing their paychecks and pensions.



Iranian opposition coalition NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi condemned the regime’s ongoing “deliberate government-organized” chemical gas attacks targeting schools across the country.

“The mullahs’ misogynous regime in a deliberate government-organized crime has engaged in chain poisoning of students in girls’ schools in different cities, which has resulted in the poisoning of many students and their hospitalization. The crime is seeking vengeance over the leading role of valiant girls in the uprising. It supplements the work of the regime’s guidance patrols,” the NCRI President-elect explained.






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