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Members of the University of Tartu’s Iranian community invite everyone to a peaceful rally for Iran

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Members of the University of Tartu’s Iranian community invite everyone to a peaceful rally for Iran, to support women, life and freedom. Similar campus rallies are taking place in more than one hundred universities worldwide. 

On 16 September, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died violently in Iranian police custody after allegedly violating the Islamic State’s strict hijab requirements. This triggered an uprising by the Iranian people against the dictatorship; the unrest has now lasted for more than two months. From the beginning, students of secondary and even primary schools have been involved in the unrest. According to various estimates, more than 15,000 people have been detained and more than 400 killed, including over 50 children. Currently, 17 employees and 21 students of Iranian citizenship work and study at the University of Tartu.    

As an academic institution committed to freedom of thought and expression, the University of Tartu stands for human rights and fundamental freedoms in solidarity with Iranian protesters and supporting their fight against the terrorist dictatorship.  

Read the address by the Iranian scholars of the University of Tartu: 

Dear members of University of Tartu, 

In the name of WOMEN, LIFE, FREEDOM,  

We would like to invite you to a campus rally for Iran which is happening in 100+ universities across the globe on the 30 November from 12:30 to 13:30, starting in front of the main building of the University of Tartu (Ülikooli 18). 

It has been more than 2 months since the start of the 2022 revolution of the people of Iran. After the brutal death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini by the hands of the Islamic Republic’s morality police, Iranian people started their revolution against the dictatorship regime. Since the very beginning of the revolution, university, high-school and even elementary school students have been a big part of it. The regime launched a series of brutal attacks in the universities and schools which is against their own law! Many students have been killed, kidnapped, or disappeared. On average, the Islamic republic forces have killed one child (under the age of 18) per day since the start of the revolution. This bloodshed has not been enough for the Islamic Republic and now they are planning to execute all the protesters who have been captured, that is more than 15,000 people! Many of those are students and scholars like us, who simply wish to restore the basic human rights in Iran.  

We see it as our responsibility to be the voice of our people. Therefore, we invite you to join us and help us in our mission in a globally coordinated Campus Rally for Iran on 30 November from 12:30 to 13:30, starting in front of the main building of the University of Tartu (Ülikooli 18). We will have a peaceful walk through Raekoja plats, Rüütli street and Lai street to the Delta centre, and then back to the Raekoja plats through the central park.  

We especially invite our Ukrainian sisters and brothers to join us in this rally as we are “fighting the same fight”. Cafe Köömen will offer tea and Ash Reshteh (Iranian soup) for participants of the rally. 

We hope to see you, 

For Women, Life, Freedom! 

Iranian scholars of the University of Tartu 

 

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