New protests against the Iranian regime due to the increase in cases of poisoning in women’s schools

New cases of poisoning in female educational centers sparked protests this Sunday in Saqez, hometown of Mahsa Aminithe young woman whose death after being arrested for improperly wearing the Muslim headscarf sparked a revolt against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“Confrontations are taking place between the population and government forces in the city,” reported Hengaw, an Oslo-based Iranian-Kurdish NGO.

Activists shared on social media videos of blocked roads and protesters outside schools chanting anti-Islamic Republic slogans in Saqez, Iranian Kurdistan, area that has suffered strong protests in recent months.

The protesters were shouting “death to Khamenei”in reference to the supreme leader of the Persian regime, and came to remove Iranian flags from a building.

Activists also shared images of parents carrying their daughters after their high school was gassed.

Other cities like Isfahan either sanandaj They also suffered attacks this Sunday with an alleged gas, according to activist groups such as 1500tasvir.

A man carries his intoxicated daughter

Iran has suffered a wave of gas poisonings that began in late November in the holy city of Qom and multiplied in February and March.

After a break during the Persian New Year (Noruz) holidays, gas attacks have reappeared in Iranian schools and institutes.

Around 5,000 female students from 230 educational centers in 25 of the Iranian provinces would have been affectedaccording to the data provided in March by the parliamentarian Mohammad Hassan Asafarimember of a commission that investigates poisonings.

The Iranian regime has arrested more than 100 people for their alleged responsibility in the poisonings, which it has blamed on enemies of the country.

The poisonings are causing new tensions in the Persian country and some parents link them to the protests with a marked feminist tone of recent months, which had calmed down after strong state repression.

The students of schools and institutes participated in these protests, took off their veils, shouted “woman, life, freedom” and made contemptuous gestures at portraits of Khamenei and the founder of the Islamic Republic, the ayatollah Ruhola Khomeini.

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A group of women wear a gas mask to remember poisonings by toxic gas in female educational centers in Iran (Stefano Guidi/Getty Images) (Stefano Guidi/)

Local media reported this Saturday that at least 60 girls were intoxicated in various schools across the country. At least “60 students were poisoned (on Saturday) in a Haftkel girls’ school”, in the province of Khozestan (southwest), indicated the news agency iribnewsciting a local official.

Other girls were also intoxicated in “five schools in Ardabil, in the northwest”, where they showed “symptoms of anxiety, shortness of breath and headache”, added the same source.

In Urmiacapital of West (North-West) Azerbaijan Province, “an indeterminate number“of students of a primary school were also affected”after a gas projection”, indicated the agency Ilnawithout giving more details.

Iran’s supreme leader, the ayatollah Ali KhameneiI had asked on March 6 “severe penalties”, including the death penalty, against the people who would be held responsible for these poisonings.

With information from EFE and AFP

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