Iran protests swell as IRGC chief warns demonstrators ‘don’t come to the streets’

Hossein Salami, head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, speaks during a funeral ceremony in the capital Tehran on August 4, 2022, held for five soldiers killed during the conflict against the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria. (AFP)
Hossein Salami, head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, speaks during a funeral ceremony in the capital Tehran on August 4, 2022, held for five soldiers killed during the conflict against the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria. (AFP)

PARIS — Protests over Mahsa Amini’s death spread in universities across Iran, even as the commander of the powerful Revolutionary Guards tells them: “Do not come to the streets.”

Security forces had targeted a hospital and a student dormitory overnight, a rights group says, as the protest movement that flared over Amini’s death enters a seventh week.

Amini, 22, died in custody on September 16 after her arrest in Tehran for an alleged breach of Iran’s strict dress rules for women based on Islamic sharia law.

Security forces have struggled to contain the women-led protests that have evolved into a broader campaign to end the Islamic republic founded in 1979.

Students protested today, the start of the working week in Iran, at campuses in Tehran, Kerman in southern Iran and the western city of Kermanshah, among others, online videos show.

“Shameless, shameless,” students shout as they clashed with security personnel at a university in Ahvaz, southwest Iran, in footage published by the 1500tasvir social media channel.

They turn out even as Major General Hossein Salami, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, tells demonstrators: “Do not come to the streets! Today is the last day of the riots.”

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