Latest reports from Iran indicate the death toll has exceeded 200. In the meantime, students of Tehran University clashed with security forces, intelligence and plainclothes agents on Monday, November 18, 2019.
In reference to the rising death toll, opposition leader Maryam Rajavi urged the UN Security Council to strongly condemn and punish the clerical regime for killing defenseless people. She called for formation of an international mission to investigate the deaths, injury and arrests of protesters.
To the UN and UN Security Council: The number of persons killed in #Iran has exceeded 200 and is growing by the hour. Yesterday, the IRGC and its news agency reported of 1,000 arrests. The actual number of arrests is much higher. #IranProtests
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) November 18, 2019
In the afternoon of Monday, November 18, 2019, students of Tehran University held a gathering on campus and intended to subsequently join the students of Amir Kabir and Azad universities and march on to Enghelab Square and join the protesters.
The gathering of Tehran university students on campus was attacked by Revolutionary Guards, Bassij forces and anti-riot units, but students put up a staunch resistance.
Most of the student protesters were girl students who had gathered in the central campus of Tehran University. They gathered by the gate on 16 Azar Avenue and asked for help from people.
Some of the students of Tehran University were arrested by security forces, among them was student activist Soha Mortezaii who had earlier staged a sit-in demanding to be able to continue her education. She was arrested on Sunday, November 17, 2019.
The students of Kashan University also held a gathering in solidarity with the general uprising.
Students of the Free universities of Gohardasht in Karaj, Khorasgan in Isfahan, Urmia, Rajaii, Tabriz, Sanandaj, and Tehran have also joined the nationwide protests in 117 cities across Iran.
Amnesty International has expressed concern over the killings and arrests of over 1,000 persons in Iran, while the internet has been shut down.
The French Foreign Ministry separately said it was “closely following” the protests in Iran.
France reiterates the need “to respect freedom of expression and the right to peaceful protest,” a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Monday.
France is closely monitoring the demonstrations currently taking place in several cities in #Iran. It reaffirms its attachment to respect for the freedom of expression and the right to demonstrate peacefully. pic.twitter.com/C3g26eJXbo
— France Diplomacy?? (@francediplo_EN) November 18, 2019