Iranian Student ‘Beated to Death for Refusing to Sing’ Country’s National Anthem


After being beaten in her classroom for refusing to sing a pro-regime song when her school was attacked last weekanother student was said to have been killed by Iranian security forces, sparking more demonstrations this weekend across the country.

According to the Coordinating Council of the Professional Associations of Iranian Teachers, security forces stormed the Shahid Girls’ High School in Ardabil on October 13 and forced a group of girls to sing a hymn honoring Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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

Panahi reportedly sustained injuries at the school on Friday and died in hospital. After her killing sparked outrage across the nation, Iranian authorities denied that their security personnel were to blame. A man posing as her uncle appeared on state television networks and said she had died of a congenital heart problem.

Iranian student beaten to death for refusing to sing the country's national anthem
Iranian student beaten to death for refusing to sing the country’s national anthem

After videos of students in classrooms waving their hijabs in the air, destroying images of Iran’s supreme leaders and chanting anti-regime slogans in support of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old who died after being detained by Iran’s morality police for not wearing their hijab correctly in August went viral, schoolgirls emerged as a powerful force.

Last week, the Iranian government retaliated by carrying out several attacks on schools across the country. Videos appear to show officers storming classrooms, physically detaining female students and shoving them into waiting cars and firing tear gas into educational facilities.

Iran’s teachers’ union issued a statement on Sunday condemning the “brutal and barbaric” attacks and calling for the resignation of Yusef Nouri, the education minister. News of Panahi’s death further inspired schoolgirls everywhere to organize and participate in protests throughout the weekend.

Nazneen*, a 16-year-old who was kept at home by her parents out of concern that she might be detained for taking part in a protest at her school, was one of them. “My parents fear for my life, so they forbade me to go to school.

But what has changed? Schoolgirls are still being killed and detained by the authorities, Naznin claims. “What good is it if I just sit at home angry? This week, I and other students in Iran will be protesting in the streets. Even if I have to keep it a secret from my parents, I will still do it.

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

She said that despite the risk, Panahi’s death inspired her and her friends to continue their protest. She argued that what happened to Panahi, along with the murders of two other schoolgirls, Nika Shahkarami, 17, and Sarina Esmailzadeh, 16, both at the hands of Iranian security forces, has brought young people in Iran together around one issue.

Iranian student beaten to death for refusing to sing the country's national anthem
Iranian student beaten to death for refusing to sing the country’s national anthem

Although I have no family in Ardabil, she claims that the brutal crackdown on her sisters, who were just 16 years old, “woke up the whole nation”. “We have never thought that we are so united in both the Baluch and Kurdish regions.

Nika, Sarina and Asra made headlines around the world, but there are a large number of other nameless children we know nothing about. She claimed: “It is not just Asra that is going away.” “Our people have been killed by the Islamic Republic for 40 years, but our complaints remain unheard.

Let the world know that we are calling for a revolution and that this is no longer a protest. We won’t stop talking now that you’re all listening. As of October 17, 215 people, including 27 children, have died as a result of protests across the country, according to the latest report by the Iran Human Rights Association.

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