Competing protests at Tehran University

Demonstrations sparked by anger over Iran's economic problems


Afp December 30, 2017
PHOTO: Twitter/@SayedMousavi7.

TEHRAN: Students protested in Tehran on Saturday in a third day of demonstrations sparked by anger over Iran's economic problems, videos on social media showed, but were outnumbered by counter-demonstrators.

The pro-regime students shouted "Death to the seditionists" as they seized back control of the entrance of the University of Tehran, videos published by several local news agencies showed.

It followed a relatively small protest by several dozen students, with videos on social media showing scuffles with police and chants against the regime.

"The opportunists who wanted to benefit from the situation have been dispersed with the arrival of (the other) students," the conservative-linked Tasnim news agency reported.

The numbers appeared to be smaller than demonstrations seen across other major towns and cities on Thursday and Friday, which had been sparked by high living costs but quickly turned against the Islamic regime as a whole.

The conservative-linked Fars news agency said "harsh chants" were heard at the Tehran protests and that riot police had been dispatched to the scene.

"Unlike other protests in various cities which were against the economic situation and high prices, the one in front of the University of Tehran was political," Fars said.

The students repeated a popular chant of "Not Gaza, not Lebanon, my life for Iran" -- an expression of anger over claims the government is focusing more on regional issues than problems at home.

Taking to twitter a student said that:

https://twitter.com/SayedMousavi7/status/947093031508836352

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