Iranian Student “Beaten To Death For Refusing To Perform” The Country’s National Hymn

After being thrashed in her classroom for refusing to sing a pro-regime song when her school was invaded last week, another student is said to have been slain by Iranian security forces, igniting more demonstrations this weekend across the nation.

According to the Coordinating Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Associations, security forces raided the Shahid Girls High School in Ardabil on October 13 and forced a group of girls to sing an anthem that honors Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Asra Panahi, 16, was among the girls who were forced to sing the anthem, and she died as a result. Security personnel beat the students when they objected, which led to the hospitalization of many girls and the arrest of other students.

According to reports, Panahi suffered injuries at the school on Friday and passed away in a hospital. After her murder aroused outcry across the nation, Iranian officials denied that their security personnel was to blame. A guy posing as her uncle then emerged on state TV networks and claimed that she had died of a congenital heart problem.

Iranian Student Beaten To Death For Refusing To Perform The Country's National Hymn
Iranian Student Beaten To Death For Refusing To Perform The Country’s National Hymn

After videos of students in classrooms waving their hijabs in the air, demolishing images of Iran’s supreme leaders, and chanting anti-regime slogans in support of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old who passed away after being detained by Iran’s morality police for not wearing her hijab properly in August, went viral, schoolgirls have proven to be a potent force.

Last week, the Iranian government retaliated by conducting several raids on schools across the nation. Videos appear to show officers breaking into classrooms, physically detaining schoolgirls and shoving them into waiting cars, and blasting tear gas into educational facilities.

Iran’s teachers union issued a statement on Sunday denouncing the “brutal and barbaric” raids and calling for the resignation of Yousef Nouri, the education minister. The news of Panahi’s passing further inspired schoolgirls everywhere to organise and participate in protests throughout the weekend.

Naznin*, a 16-year-old who had been kept at home by her parents out of concern that she might be detained for participating in a protest at her school, was one of them. “My parents are afraid for my life, therefore they have forbidden me from going to school.

 What, however, has changed? Schoolgirls are still being killed and detained by the authorities, claims Naznin. “What use am I if I just sit home angry? This week, me and other students around Iran will be protesting in the streets. Even if I have to keep it a secret from my parents, I’ll still do it.

On October 1, demonstrators in Iran set their scarves on fire in Tehran. Iranian demonstrators express their outrage, saying, “The fire of our indignation is still burning.”Nergis*, a 19-year-old who participated in the protests, was shot with rubber bullets in the back and legs.

She claims that despite the risk, the passing of Panahi has inspired her and her friends to carry on with their protest. She claims that what happened to Panahi, together with the killings of two other schoolgirls, Nika Shahkarami, 17, and Sarina Esmailzadeh, 16, both at the hands of the Iranian security forces, has brought young people in Iran together around a single issue.

Iranian Student Beaten To Death For Refusing To Perform The Country's National Hymn
Iranian Student Beaten To Death For Refusing To Perform The Country’s National Hymn

Even though I have no family in Ardabil, she claims that the savage crackdown on her sisters, who were only 16 years old, “awakened the entire nation.” “Across both the Baloch and the Kurdish regions, we never thought we were so united.

 Nika, Sarina, and Asra have made headlines throughout the world, but there are a great number of other nameless children about whom we know nothing. She asserts, “It’s not just Asra’s passing.” “Our people have been murdered by the Islamic Republic for 40 years, yet our complaints went unheard.

Make it known to the world that we are calling for a revolution and that this is no longer a protest. We won’t stop speaking now that you are all listening to us. As of October 17th, 215 individuals, including 27 children, had died as a result of the statewide protests, according to the most recent report by the Iran Human Rights Association.

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