“The revolution is still alive in people, and people are looking forward to a big change to this country.”
These are the phrases of a younger man learning at a college in Iran, who has shared his diary entries with Sky News.
Mohammed has seen first hand how authorities have cracked down on protests at universities and the way college students have tailored to proceed their exercise. His identify has been modified to guard his id.
When demonstrations escape towards the nation’s repressive regime, it is usually college students who’re the beating coronary heart of the resistance.
The sweeping unrest that has adopted the demise of Mahsa Amini in police custody isn’t any totally different, and greater than 700 college students have been arrested, in keeping with the activist HRANA information company. At least 4 folks have been executed in reference to the demonstrations.
Diary entry one – University protests
“I wish to discuss concerning the day they executed Majidreza Rahnavard.
“I was totally shocked. I was really, really sad and very angry. I wanted to do something.
“I went to college. I used to be wanting ahead to seeing college students come out and begin chanting.
“But because of the high level of suppression and bad behaviours towards students we don’t have that kind of protests but things have changed.
“Changed to writing slogans on partitions. At one of many campuses they do creative protests, they hung hanging ropes from the ceiling with the intention to criticise the regime’s execution of those two guys.
“But although the form has changed for now the revolution is still alive in people, and people are looking forward to a big change to this country.
“The resistance teams are very lively proper now, a whole lot of them have been arrested they usually attempt to maintain the fireplace of the revolution going.
“For those who are truly against the regime, they don’t have a normal life. How can we have a normal life?
“Every step we stroll, each piece of meals we eat, each minute we spend working, each minute we spend learning and studying, we’re pondering of the people who find themselves within the jail.
“We are thinking of the people who are executed or killed on the streets.
“What we would like from the world is please if you cannot do one thing good for us, please don’t assist this regime.
“You know their overthrow is our job. Stop talking and negotiating with them. This is a regime which is going to fire back at you if you continue working with them.
“We want the entire world to isolate this regime.”
Diary entry two – Escaping into folks’s properties
“I’m going to talk about one of the experiences I had in Iran during the last three months here during the revolution.
“We have been on the road, we have been protesting and chanting.
“Suddenly the special forces of the police and plain-clothes agents attacked us, and so we had to escape.
“We tried to discover a option to get out of there.
“I saw that some people would open the doors to their homes to rescue us and we went into one of them.
“I’ve heard that in some homes they’ve saved among the folks. They additionally handled them as a result of they acquired shot and used first assist kits to handle those that have been injured.
“That was so brave of them because if the government knows that, finds that out, they will also arrest them. Some of those arrested are people who have helped people on the street.”
Diary entry three – ‘She slapped his face and ran away’
“I also saw many girls, especially girls, who were so brave that they would stand in front of those with guns.
“In one case, one lady even slapped the face of one of many plain-clothes brokers who had captured one of many guys and was forcing his foot on his again.
“She slapped his face and ran away. The good thing was that the people tried to help him.”
Diary entry 4 – Protest in Tehran
“I talked to one of my friends, she is a brave girl.
“She has a buddy who was arrested when she needed to affix the individuals who have been protesting in Tehran.
“When she got out of her car to join the protesters, some people suddenly put her in a van. Unfortunately she has been raped.
“After some days she was launched, I believe in the identical neighbourhood.
“She was in a bad place but I think she has gained her energy back and she is even more brave now.”
Diary entry 5 – Evin jail
“I also remember the night when Evin prison was set on fire. That was a very, very bad night.
“Many folks in Tehran went on to the road and tried to get to the jail.
“We just got into the cars and tried to get there, but unfortunately they had blocked the roads to not let the people get there.
“That was only a warzone, they only shot some folks with tear fuel.”