Several of musicians outside the House of Music in Tehran on May 15, 2023

Iranian Musicians Hold Protest Rally After Attack On Students

Tuesday, 05/16/2023

Iranian musicians have demonstrated outside the House of Music in Tehran in protest over security forces’ attack on students.

It follows the raid on Saturday on the University of Tehran’s Faculty of Fine Arts on the pretext of women not complying with the mandatory hijab.

Students and teaching staff were beaten up and some had their instruments broken.

On Monday, the board members of Iran House of Music slammed the violent behavior of security guards at the Tehran University faculty.

The Telegram channel of the Students' Union Councils reported that the security officers clashed with some female students. Demonstrators chanted slogans “Woman, Life, Freedom”, “Student Will Die, But Will Not Be Humiliated”, and “Death to the Leader”.

Iran's universities have been one of the main centers of protests during the nationwide uprising against the regime following the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody last year. In an attempt to suppress the demonstrations, the security forces of the Islamic Republic have repeatedly attacked the universities and arrested over 700 students.

The repression of the protesting students in recent months has provoked widespread criticism by human rights organisations and governments around the world.

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