Female students shout at Iranian president to “get lost” as he condemns protests

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was greeted with shouts of “get lost” by female students while visiting a university and condemned the protests sparked by the death of a young woman while in custody for not wearing a headscarf properly.

A video posted on Twitter by the activist website 1500tasvir showed what it said were female students chanting “Raishi go away” and “Mullahs go away” as the president visited their campus. Another social media video showed students shouting: “We don’t want a corrupt visitor,” referring to Raisi.

Raisi addressed professors and students at Alzahra University in Tehran, reciting a poem that likened “rioters” to flies, as protests across the country entered a fourth week in response to the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in custody on last month.

The protests erupted on September 17, following the burial of Amini, a Kurdish woman who died in the custody of Iran’s terrorist morality police. Amini had been detained for allegedly violating the strict Islamic dress code for women. Since then, the protests have spread across the country and have been met with a heavy crackdown, in which dozens are estimated to have been killed and hundreds of arrests.

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Ebrahim Raisi on the day of the presidential election of the Islamic Republic.
(Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)

Two people were reportedly killed as protests continued across the country on Saturday.

The United States said last month it would impose sanctions on Iranian security officials in response to Amini’s death.

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Demonstrators set fire and block a road during a protest over the death of a woman arrested by morality police in central Tehran, Iran.

Demonstrators set fire and block a road during a protest over the death of a woman arrested by morality police in central Tehran, Iran.
(AP Photo, File)

“In response to this and other human rights abuses in Iran – including the violent crackdown on peaceful protests – the United States is imposing sanctions on Iran’s Morality Police and senior security officials who have been involved in serious human rights abuses, according to the Executive Order 13553. “Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a statement.

“The Morality Police, an element of Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces (LEF), arrests women for wearing ‘inappropriate’ hijabs and imposes other restrictions on freedom of expression. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) further defines the Hajj Ahmad Mirzaei and Mohammad Rostami Cheshmeh Gachi, both of whom are senior officers of the Ethics Police.”

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A woman cuts her hair during a protest over the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in Iran, in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishli, northeastern Syria, on September 26, 2022.

A woman cuts her hair during a protest over the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in Iran, in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishli, northeastern Syria, on September 26, 2022.
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Protesters have spoken out against the Iranian regime around the world, including in the Netherlands, where thousands of people gathered on Saturday and sang in solidarity with Iranian protesters.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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