A university in Iran has imposed academic sanctions on 20 students following Students’ Day rallies on 7 December, reported Iranwire on Sunday.
“Around 20 people were banned from entering [class] after holding rallies. Out of these 20 people, a preliminary verdict was issued for 11 last Saturday. We are waiting for the legal deadline for the appeal, which is 10 days. The students have a right to appeal,” Mehdi Vahedi, deputy head of Allameh University told semi-official Mehr News Agency.
At the rallies students demanded the unconditional release of all students arrested during anti-government protests, the cancellation of arrest warrants for released students, the lifting of recent academic suspensions, and the withdrawal of security forces from campuses.
Universities in Iran have been witnessing continuous protests after a 22-year old woman, Jîna (Mahsa) Amini, died following her arrest by the Islamist regime’s morality police for disobeying the hijab code.
Following the execution of the first protester, 18,000 people have reportedly been detained for their involvement in the protests and 39 people at risk of being sentenced to death.