Students of the Science and Research University in Tehran, the capital of Iran, held their second rally on Sunday Dec. 30, expressing their anger over Iranian regime authorities in this facility. The students are grieving the loss of their classmates killed in a recent bus accident that killed 10 and wounded 28. They are holding incompetent regime officials, responsible for the incident. The students are demanding the resignation of the representative of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on their campus. On Sat. the students were also protesting measures by the Iranian regime aiming to cloak the role of the regime’s plundering mafias in this incident. One poster specifically read, “Expelling second-class officials in this university is a sign of the regime’s obscenity.” A large number of college students took part in this rally while the Iranian regime had taken measures to station repressive security units on campus and nearby areas to keep the rally under control. Prior to this, the regime had dispatched anti-riot units to create a climate of fear at the capital’s Science and Research University.
On Sunday, Dec. 30 the farmers of Varzaneh, Isfahan province, gathered and marched in the streets of the city once again in protest to unfair management and distribution of water sources. They held similar rally on Friday. The past year has seen intermittent protests by the farmers, who have been deprived of vital water to irrigate their lands due to the destructive policies of the Iranian regime. The Iranian regime has engaged in several dams and water channel creation projects to divert the waters of Isfahan and its famous Zayandeh Rud River for its own purposes. Among the disputed engagements is a water pipeline that is transferring Isfahan’s water to neighboring Yazd province. The measures have deeply damaged the agriculture in Isfahan, which is one of the main occupations of the province's population.
On Thursday, Dec. 27, teachers and education workers of Isfahan demonstrated in front of the education ministry headquarters. The demonstration took place in spite of efforts by the security and intelligence agents of the Iranian regime to dissuade the teachers by threatening to take severe actions against them.
Security forces had lined up in the streets surrounding the offices of the education ministry to prevent the protests from taking place. However, the teachers did not back down and started their demonstration in Darvazeh Dolat Street in front of the mayor’s office. Security forces attacked teachers, majority women, with batons and pepper spray. Clashes ensued and the demonstrations continued, and security forces arrested several protesters. Subsequently, groups of teachers gathered in front of the education ministry offices. Security forces attacked them and violently dragged several of protesters into their cars and took them away. Several others were forced into a clinic that was close to the location.
The teachers of Isfahan have been protesting against low wages and are demanding the release of their imprisoned colleagues. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, hailed the teachers of Isfahan and urged their compatriots to support them in their protests.
The parliamentary judicial and legal committee rejected the plan to increase the minimum age of marriage for girls in Iran. Allahyar Malekshahi, chair of the judicial and legal committee of the regime’s parliament, said on December 23rd, that “The judicial and legal committee held several meetings to discuss this issue… Ultimately, the committee reached the conclusion that it is not possible to discuss this plan any further since it contains religious and social deficiencies. So, it was decided that a delegation made up of the committee members propose another motion which could resolve some of the problems brought up by the (rejected) plan
According to official statistics, 180,000 early marriages take place in Iran every year and comprise 24% of the total number of marriages. A social expert revealed that at present, 41,000 early marriages under the age of 15 take place in Iran every year.
Citing statistics on the annual records of the National Registration Bureau (Sabt-e Ahval), a social worker had previously reported of the marriages of 179 girl children under 10 and 36,000 girls between 10 and 14 in the year 2015.
Afsaneh Rezaii, an elite master’s student of telecommunications at Shiraz University was transferred to Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz. Afsaneh’s mother who is a teacher was arrested in Shiraz for participating in the gatherings and protests of teachers and educators in August 2018. Holding a banner, Afsaneh Rezaii joined the protests and supported her mother. She was subsequently arrested by government officials after participating in the gatherings in support of her mother on Dec. 24. Afsaneh Rezaii, who is studying for her masters in telecommunication at Shiraz University, was transferred to Adel Abad prison in Shiraz on Dec. 24 to serve her six months jail sentence.