In Iran, university students in Tehran and across the country continue to defy heightened security and a bloody government crackdown on protests following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini last month. Students refused to return to class after Iranian authorities alleged a university student in Tehran had died of suicide. Authorities have been repeatedly accused of covering up the killing of student protesters by Iranian security forces.
Student-led demonstrations were held at several universities in Tehran Tuesday, on the eve of planned ceremonies commemorating 40 days since the death of Mahsa Amini while in the custody of the “morality police.” Mourners and protesters gathered at her grave today in her home city of Saqqez to mark the somber anniversary. It is also the end of the traditional mourning period in Iran. Protesters shouted, “Woman, life, freedom” and “Death to the dictator.” Iranian security forces had reportedly threatened Amini’s family if they held a ceremony, saying, “They should worry for their son’s life.” At least 215 people, including 27 children, have been killed by Iranian security forces since protests began. Thousands of others have been arrested.