Iranwire – Iranian students held rallies in several universities across Iran on May 22 to demand the cancellation of rulings issued by disciplinary committees in connection with recent protests.
Students from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Tehran University staged a sit-in on the university campus amid heavy presence of security forces, after a student, Ali Hajian, was suspended for one semester.
The students called for the revocation of rulings issued by the university’s disciplinary committee, for the cancellation of all proceedings launched against students for protesting peacefully, and for an end to harassment by security agents on the campus.
Meanwhile, the disciplinary committee of Tehran’s Beheshti University summoned students who have participated in protests against recent executions.
At Tehran’s Al-Zahra University, officials have taken steps to suspend 35 women students who have refused to adhere to the mandatory hijab policy.
According to Iran’s Student Union Council, eight students from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences have been subjected to excessive suspensions and forced into internal exile.
The students received suspensions ranging from one to two years and were banished to cities including Ahvaz, Semnan, Kashan, Urmia and Ardabil.
The Central Disciplinary Council of the Ministry of Health suspended a medical student, Reza Ansarian, for three semesters and banished him to the city Urmia. Ansarian was involved in protests related to a wave of poisonings at schools.
News of these measures has triggered widespread public outrage and calls for demonstrations in the north-western city.
Iranian youth are increasingly frustrated with the Islamic republic’s repressive policies.
Students are demanding greater freedom of expression and academic freedom, as well as an end to the government’s discriminatory policies against women and minorities.