Iran: College students protesting in Tehran

Students of Tehran’s Teachers University marched and rallied on Sunday, protesting privatization policies on their campus.
The protesting students were seen holding placards voicing their demands, including:
- Changing the current administrative norms
- Eliminating temporary extensions
- Presenting full and free courses for fifth term students based on orders issued by the Ministry of Sciences
- Canceling all plans aimed at to forcing students to evacuate the dormitory, reaching a suitable solution and providing the students’ necessities
- Closing all disciplinary dossiers launched against students
- Guaranteeing the implementation of Ministry of Sciences’ orders
- Inspectors were on campus to guarantee adequate dormitory conditions
- Sacking the Student Department officials
- Transparent measures to provide adequate food at the campus’ self-service branch
- Launching Q&A sessions with students for college officials to respond to their demands and issues raised
In other such reports, students of Tehran’s Open University protested the presence of “Guidance Police” patrols on their campus, preventing their units from conducting their patrols. Authorities arrested four college students and confiscated the cameras of many others.

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In other protests news, numerous retired bank employees from cities across Iran rallied in Tehran Saturday morning to protest their low pensions. This gathering was held outside the Banks Retiree Fund office.
“Our pensions are far below the poverty line,” they were chanting.
“We retired bank employees, in our senior ages, are facing many difficulties. Seeking answers to our demands of having our pensions increased is now added to that,” one protester said, adding conditions have become so poor that the low pensions they receive – a little over 10 million rials (around $110) – does not provide for their needs. The bank retirees’ main concerns are the huge rift between what they receive and the poverty line, especially considering the country’s skyrocketing inflation.
Also in Tehran, clients of the Talaye Thamen credit company rallied on Saturday, demanding their stolen savings returned. In one banner, protesters were demanding the prosecution of figures in the Gold Union and Ministry of Industry.

Clients of the Talaye Thaman credit company protesting in Tehran
Clients of the Talaye Thamen credit company protesting in Tehran

Iran is witnessing a series of new protests
On Friday morning, farmers of the town of Jozdan, near Najaf Abad, central Iran, held a rally protesting authorities not responding to their demands. They parked their tractors in the town’s main road in a sign of their anger and protest.
In Karaj, a number of street vendors held a march on Thursday afternoon, protesting police brutality and authorities rounding up their goods. They were chanting, “Death to IRGC Basij members.”
State police at the scene began attacking anyone taking footage of the march, arresting them and in some cases confiscating their mobile phones to erase any such images and videos.
On Thursday, clients of the Padideh credit firm held a rally outside the provincial office in Mashhad, northeast Iran, demanding their stolen savings returned. Fearing more people would join this rally, state police attacked and eventually arrested a number of the protesters. People at the scene began protesting such repressive measures by the police.

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