See all those languages up there? We translate Global Voices stories to make the world's citizen media available to everyone.

Learn more about Lingua Translation  »

Iran: Planning Underway for Student Day Protests

On December 7, Iran's “Student Day” [16th of Azar] protests against student repression in Iran will be organized around the world. Last year thousands of protesters defied the Islamic regime by protesting during Student Day, chanting slogans against Ali Khamenei, the leader of the Islamic Republic, and protesting the government's foreign policy. They also chanted “Where is my vote?”.

Green call from London

London Green Movement has sent a mass email and invites to Londoners:

16 Azar has always been regarded as the symbol of Iranian student movement combating tyranny and demanding democracy and freedom since 1953, nevertheless each and every repressive attempt has been made, however unsuccessful, to silence the students’ voices by the dictator! Once again, we will gather to stand by Iranian students in their struggle for democracy and freedom, remembering those courageous souls who stood up for their rights and spoke out against brutal IRI repression and despotism, likes of Majid Tavakoli and over 70 other students who have been imprisoned ever since and many more who have been expelled from universities across Iran for practicing their right to freedom of speech and assembly!

And a YouTube video has been published on this occasion with a series of photos from the Iranian protest movement.

Protest of empty chairs

Politicsofresistance in the Netherlands writes:

In response to the persistent harassment of Iranian students, we have held a protest of empty chairs at the Rietveld Academy of Art and Design in Amsterdam. Students would enter the building and see a class of empty chairs. Some of them would read the information and get on with their business. Others would also sit down and write something for a student in Iran. These messages will be sent to a few of them or their families.

This site has also published several photos (one above) and says:

Around 100 students are currently in prison. Over 100 have been expelled and an unaccounted number have been banned from entering universities in IRAN.

University is Alive

Abai, an Iranian blogger says [fa] the plans for 16th of Azar show that the university is still alive despite all wounds on its body. The blogger mentioned the name of several jailed and persecuted bloggers, such as Majid Tavakoli.

On YouTube another video claims to show a gathering of students at Tehran University chanting “Down with the dictator” on December 6.

Start the conversation

Authors, please log in »

Guidelines

  • All comments are reviewed by a moderator. Do not submit your comment more than once or it may be identified as spam.
  • Please treat others with respect. Comments containing hate speech, obscenity, and personal attacks will not be approved.

Receive great stories from around the world directly in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the best of Global Voices
Email Frequency



No thanks, show me the site