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Protests get away in Iran over schoolgirl sicknesses

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A gathering of fogeys exterior an Education Ministry constructing in western Tehran on Saturday to protest over the sicknesses became an anti-government demonstration.

Dubai,UPDATED: Mar 5, 2023 09:15 IST

A younger lady lies in hospital after studies of poisoning at an unspecified location in Iran on this nonetheless picture from video from March 2, 2023. (Reuters picture)

By Reuters: Worried mother and father protested in Iran’s capital Tehran and different cities on Saturday over a wave of suspected poison assaults which have affected schoolgirls in dozens of faculties, based on Iranian information companies and social media movies.

The so-far unexplained sicknesses have affected lots of of schoolgirls in current months. Iranian officers imagine the ladies might have been poisoned and have blamed Tehran’s enemies.

Sickness affected greater than 30 faculties in at the very least 10 of Iran’s 31 provinces on Saturday. Videos posted on social media confirmed mother and father gathered at faculties to take their youngsters house and a few college students being taken to hospitals by ambulance or buses.

A gathering of fogeys exterior an Education Ministry constructing in western Tehran on Saturday to protest over the sicknesses became an anti-government demonstration, based on a video verified by Reuters.

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“Basij, Guards, you are our Daesh,” protesters chanted, likening the Revolutionary Guards and different safety forces to the Islamic State group.

Similar protests had been held in two different areas in Tehran and different cities together with Isfahan and Rasht, based on unverified movies.

The outbreak of schoolgirl illness comes at a important time for Iran’s clerical rulers, who’ve confronted months of anti-government protests sparked by the demise of a younger Iranian lady within the custody of the morality police who implement strict costume codes.

Social media posts in current days have proven pictures and movies of ladies who’ve fallen in poor health, feeling nauseous or struggling coronary heart palpitations. Others complained of complications. Reuters couldn’t confirm the posts.

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The United Nations human rights workplace in Geneva referred to as on Friday for a clear investigation into the suspected assaults and nations together with Germany and the United States have voiced concern.

Iran rejected what it views as international meddling and “hasty reactions” and stated on Friday it was investigating the causes of the incidents.

“It is one of the immediate priorities of Iran’s government to pursue this issue as quickly as possible and provide documented information to resolve the families’ concerns and to hold accountable the perpetrators and the causes,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani advised state media.

Schoolgirls had been lively within the anti-government protests that started in September. They have eliminated their necessary headscarves in lecture rooms, torn up photos of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and referred to as for his demise.

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Mar 5, 2023