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Female students tell Iranian president to ‘get away’ as unrest rages

Female students tell Iranian president to 'get away' as unrest rages
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DUBAI, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Female students in Tehran chanted “get out,” activists said, as Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi visited her university campus on Saturday and condemned protesters angry over the death of a young woman in custody.

As the nationwide demonstrations that have rocked Iran entered their fourth week, Raisi addressed professors and students at Tehran’s Alzahra University and recited a poem that equated “rioters” with flies.

“They imagine they can achieve their evil goals at universities,” state television reported. “Unwittingly, our students and professors are on the alert and will not allow the enemy to achieve their evil goals.”

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A video posted to Twitter by activist 1500tasvir’s website reportedly showed female students chanting “Raisi get lost” and “Mullahs get lost” as the president visited their campus.

A report by an Iranian state coroner denied that 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died as a result of beatings to the head and limbs while she was in police custody and linked her death to pre-existing medical conditions, state media said on Friday With.

Amini, an Iranian Kurd, was arrested in Tehran on Sept. 13 for wearing “inappropriate clothing” and died three days later.

Her death has sparked nationwide demonstrations and poses the greatest challenge to Iran’s religious leaders in years.

Women have removed their veils in defiance of the clerical establishment, while angry crowds have called for the ouster of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The government has described the protests as a conspiracy by Iran’s enemies, including the United States, who, among other things, blamed armed dissidents for the violence that killed at least 20 members of the security forces.

Rights groups say more than that 150 people were killedHundreds injured and thousands arrested by security forces who face protests.

After a call for mass demonstrations on Saturday, security forces in the Kurdish cities of Sanandaj and Saqez shot at demonstrators and used tear gas, according to the Iranian human rights group Hengaw.

In Sanandaj, the capital of northwestern Kurdistan province, a man lay dead in his car while a woman screamed “shamelessly”, according to Hengaw, who said he was shot dead by security forces after honking his horn in protest.

However, a senior police official repeated the security forces’ claim that they did not use live bullets and that the man was killed by “counter-revolutionaries” (armed dissidents), state news agency IRNA reported.

A video shared on social media showed a young woman lying unconscious on the ground after she was apparently shot dead in the northeastern city of Mashhad. Demonstrators gathered around them to help.

“WOMAN, LIFE, FREEDOM”

Another social media video showed protesters marching in the northern city of Babol, and several posts said security forces had surrounded students demonstrating at a university campus.

Hengaw also carried video of rescue workers attempting to revive one person and said a protester died after security forces shot in the abdomen in Sanandaj. Reuters could not verify the video.

One of the schools in Saqez town square was filled with schoolgirls singing “Woman, Life, Freedom,” Hengaw reported.

The widespread Twitter account 1500tasvir also reported shots being fired at demonstrators in the two north-western Kurdish cities.

A university student who was on his way to join the protests in Tehran said he was not afraid of being arrested or even killed.

“They can kill us, arrest us, but we will no longer remain silent. Our classmates are in prison. How can we remain silent?” The student, who asked to remain anonymous, told Reuters.

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Newsroom reporting in Dubai; Writing from Michael Georgy Editor of Ros Russell

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