Violent clashes erupted between security forces and student protesters University campuses across Iran on Sunday, according to activists and human rights groups in the country.
Despite a warning on Saturday from the head of the country’s Revolutionary Guard, Hossein Salami, students continued to protest in large numbers at some of the country’s main universities should be the last protest day.
In a video obtained by CNN through pro-reformist activist Iran Wire, two uniformed officers are seen trying to arrest a protester. The video is said to have been taken at Sanandaj Technical College in the northwest Iran.
In the capital, Tehran, activist groups have claimed clashes broke out between protesters, members of the Basij militia and plainclothes police at Azad University, but CNN cannot independently verify whether the clashes involved security forces.
For weeks, protests have swept through the Islamic Republic following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died on September 16 after being arrested by “morality police” and taken to a “re-education center,” allegedly for not complying had the country’s conservative dress code.
In a video posted by activist group 1500, a large crowd of protesters can be seen holding some sticks. Tear gas appears to be thrown over the crowd, but it’s unclear who is throwing it.
In another video obtained by CNN about pro-reformist activist IranWire, students from another university in the capital, the University of Tehran, can be seen marching and chanting, “This is not the time for mourning. It’s time for anger.”
The official state news agency IRNA reported a “large gathering” of students and professors at Tehran University “in response to recent events and the terrorist attack on the shrine of “Shahcheragh” that took place in the southern city of Shiraz on Wednesday.
Gunshots can also be heard in Sanandaj in a video posted by the Kurdish rights group Hengaw and allegedly taken near the University of Kurdistan.
Activist group 1500 Tasvir also released a video on Sunday showing security forces in front of another educational facility in the province, Sanandaj Technical College for Girls.
Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO), a Norway-based NGO, condemned “the entry of civilian armed forces into the university campus and the crackdown on peaceful student protests” in a statement Sunday.
“As the nationwide protests continued, plainclothes armed forces of the Islamic Republic entered the university campus to violently beat down and arrest protesting students,” IHRNGO said.
IHRNGO director and University of Oslo professor Mahmoud Amiry-Moghaddam called on “universities and academic institutions around the world to support the students’ demands and to condemn the unprecedented incursions on university campuses by the Islamic Republic’s armed forces”.
On Saturday, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Hossein Salami, expressly called on Iranian youth to refrain from protesting.
“Today is the last day of the riots. Don’t come out on the street again. What do you want from this nation?” Salami said.