The mysterious poisonings With gas in female colleges they are provoking new tensions in Iranamong the contradictions of the authorities, the accusations against “enemies” of the country and the growing discontent among parents.
Nearly 1,000 female students have been poisoned with an alleged gas in about 50 educational centers women in a dozen cities in the country since November, in incidents that began in the holy city of Shiism qom and that have multiplied in recent days.
These are approximate figures provided by Iranian media since the authorities do not agree on the number of students or schools affected, and even avoid confirming that these are deliberate poisonings.
The latest cases occurred yesterday, when more than a hundred students were poisoned in eight schools and institutes in the city of squirrelthree schools of Tehranone in Parand and another in kermanshah.
There is a consensus regarding the symptoms that have been repeated over and over again: headaches, heart palpitations, nausea, dizziness and sometimes the inability to move the limbs.
Those affected also agree that before becoming ill they perceived a smell of rotten orange and cleaning products.
Hundreds of young women have so far been hospitalized with “mild symptoms” and the death of any student has not been disclosed.
In the midst of panic among parents, the Iranian authorities send mixed messages, backtrack and resort to the usual accusations against “enemies” of the country.
The Minister of Health, bahram eynollahihas stated that it has been used “some kind of mild poison” in some attacks that the Vice Minister of Education, Younes Panahiqualified as “intentioned” to close girls’ schools.
Panahi later backed down and assured that he had been “misinterpreted”.
For his part, the Minister of the Interior, Ahmad Vahidihas said that many of the girls’ symptoms are caused by “stress” and “anxiety”, and accused the “enemies of Iran and foreign media” to cause public alarm.
Vahidí is the man in charge of the investigation of these gas attacks, after yesterday the president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisiordered to clarify “quickly” what is happening.
Unrest among the population
The lack of information, the ineffectiveness of the security forces and the misfortunes of the authorities fuel a growing discontent among the parents of a country in which female education has not been questioned in decades.
In fact, 60% of Iranian university students are womenwho in other aspects suffer numerous sexist discriminations.
Groups of parents have shouted “Death to the government that murders children” in front of several schools in the country, according to videos shared on social networks by the collective 1500tasvir.
The videos of hospitalized girls, lying in schools with breathing problems or saying “I can’t breathe” They have gone viral on social networks such as Twitter and spur the fears of the population.
Given the lack of certainty, all kinds of theories have begun to circulate about the origin and objectives of these attacks.
Some theories point to fundamentalists seeking revenge for the role of young women in the protests unleashed by the death in September Mahsa Aminiafter being arrested for not wearing the veil properly.
The students of schools and institutes participated in these protests with a marked feminist tone, they took off their veils, they shouted “woman, life, freedom” and they gave sleeve cuts to portraits of the supreme leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
The state repression has managed to quell the protests, in which almost 500 people and for which four protesters have been hanged.
But the wave of poisonings has brought back the cries of “Death to the Islamic Republic.”
(With information from EFE)
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