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Protests in Iran: TU Berlin Expresses Its Concern and Support for the Right to Self-Determination

Following the violent death of 22-year-old Mahsa (Zhina) Amini in police custody, people are protesting across Iran for freedom and self-determination and as an expression of solidarity with Amini. Prior to her death, Amini had been arrested by the morality police. She was accused of violating the country’s strict dress code.

Strikes and protests are also taking place at many Iranian universities. Consistent media reports show that the state is acting with increasing severity against the protesters, many of whom are university staff and students.

“Academic freedom and safety for students and researchers are key values for TU Berlin. We are concerned about the escalation of violence in Iran, also against students and professors. We support their right to self-determination,” says TU Berlin president Professor Dr. Geraldine Rauch in response to the current situation in Iran.

Further information

You can also read a statement from the German Rectors’ Conference expressing its concern entitled “Iran: HRK-Senat besorgt über Gewalt gegen Hochschulangehörige” from 5 October (in German).