Tehran students protest closure of dormitories and classes

Students at Iran’s University of Tehran have held a rally against closures of dormitories and classes, which will now be held online until April, reports Iran International. Protests on Monday afternoon saw male and female students across the campus chanting “in-person education is our absolute right”, in addition to calling on Mohammad Moghimi, the dean of the university, to resign.

The news was announced by Mahmoud Kamarei, the university’s vice-president, who said that the student accommodation will not be available from 16 March to 7 April, with the closures of facilities such as canteens during the same period. The country’s Student Union Council claims “the authorities are afraid of the presence of students in the university and that the lack of budget is a false excuse for closing the universities in the second semester”.

Iran’s universities were one of the main centres of protests during the nationwide uprising against the regime following the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody. In order to suppress the protests, the security force of the Islamic Republic repeatedly attacked the universities and arrested over 700 students.
Full report on the Iran International site