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Nov 07, 2022
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Tabriz University Student Confronts High-Ranking Iranian Official Harandi: We Are Freedom-Seeking Students, Not Basij Members Who Applaud Everything You Say; People Like You Are Responsible For Corruption In Iran

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Source: Online Platforms - "Kian Melli 1 on Telegram "

In a video posted on Kian Melli 1 on Telegram on November 7, 2022, a student at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences confronted Mohammad-Hossein Saffar-Harandi, a member of Iran's Expediency Council who has also served as Iran's Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance. The student criticized Saffar-Harandi and people like him for having remained silent during Ahmadinejad's government, which suppressed the anti-regime protests in 2009. He also accused Saffar-Harandi and people like him of being responsible for corruption in Iran. In addition, the student said that he had just come back from a disciplinary hearing, and that Saffar-Harandi therefore has no right to talk about freedom of speech at universities. The crowd applauded the student, who added: "These are freedom-seeking students [and] not Basij members who applaud anything you say."

Student: "Mr. Harandi, you were a member of a government whose president [Ahmadinejad] said he had an 'aura' of light. You watched that 'aura,' and remained silent. Mr. Harandi, you people created Babak Zanjani [who embezzled billions]. You people suppressed the protests of millions in 2009, and you had the nerve just to watch us [and do nothing].

"Mr. Harandi, so far you have been silent, and I ask you to remain silent from now on. Don't talk to us about the country's financial ratings, when 92,000 billion tomans are devoured by people like you.

"Don't talk about freedom of speech at universities, when I, a student, just returned an hour ago from the discipline committee. They called me from an unlisted number, and my mother cried all night because of your threats.

"Mr. Harandi, make yourself acquainted with the people you are addressing. These are the freedom-seeking students of this country. These are not Basij members who applaud anything you say."

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