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Outrage Mounts over Mysterious Poisoning of Iranian Schoolgirls

HeadlineMar 06, 2023

In Iran, worried parents protested in the streets of Tehran and other cities Saturday following a spate of apparent poisonings at dozens of girls’ schools since November. Last week, authorities said they would investigate the attacks, which have affected hundreds of students, as well as teachers and staff, though no fatalities have been reported. Human Rights Watch warned authorities’ “long history of disregard for the basic rights of Iranian citizens, especially women and girls, leaves little reason to be hopeful.” This is a teacher at one of the targeted schools describing the experience.

Teacher: “The students all felt the same symptoms as me. They had coughs. Some of them said their eyes burned. And most of them were scared.”

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