Horrific chemical gas attacks target schoolgirls in Iran: Parents and locals protest
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.
April 16 – Tehran, #Iran
Regime operatives launched a chemical gas attack targeting the all-girls Setayesh High School. A number of students are dire condition. School officials were keeping the kids inside, according to reports.#IranChemicalAttacks pic.twitter.com/BfEFAufa0y
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) April 16, 2023
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.
Disturbing footage coming from Shahin Shahr, central #Iran
Regime operatives launched a chemical gas attack targeting the all-girls Manouchehr Ansari School, leaving a number of the students poisoned April 11, 2023#IranChemicalAttacks pic.twitter.com/1ANO5pSkXb
— Women's Committee NCRI (@womenncri) April 11, 2023
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.
April 15 – Members of MEK Resistance Units inside #Iran marched in the streets of four different areas of Tehran and the cities of Shiraz, Bandar Abbas, Hamadan, and Chalus to protest and chant anti-regime slogans against the ruling theocracy.pic.twitter.com/xateVIQLvX
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) April 17, 2023
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.
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… pic.twitter.com/eSrZSy6UJA
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) April 17, 2023
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