A student group in a major university in Iran was closed after printing Maryam Rajavi’s image in its list of university alumni.
The Iranian government closed down the Society of Graduates in Sharif University of Technology, one of the most important technological establishments in Iran, after it published a photo of Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the People’s Mojahiden of Iran (PMOI), in its most recent book listing former graduates.
The portrait of Mrs. Rajavi, who was featured in the section listing the graduates of the Faculty of Metallurgy Engineering, was accompanied by a text describing her as the “number one enemy” of the Islamic Republic.
“As soon as we were informed of the distribution of a number of this publication among the students,” said University President Hamod Fotohi, “we ordered its further distribution to be blocked.” All the copies that had already been distributed were collected and transferred to the school’s Herasat Office (a department found in most Iranian universities that is tied to the Ministry of Intelligence and the security apparatus).
“We seized the activity of the Society of Graduates,” said Fotohi. “[They] must be held accountable for what they have done. We will follow up to find out why this has happened. We will certainly deal with those responsible for printing of the photo and the publication of the book.” Fotoho added that the Ministry of Intelligence would be involved in the follow-up investigation.
30 members of Iran’s parliament also protested the photo’s publication.
“What is the reason behind the publication of the photo of the leader of the PMOI in the Special Publication of the Society of Gradates of Sharif University of Technology?”, demanded one of the PMs to Iran’s Minister of Education.
The university is now facing criticism from pundits in Iran and pressure to explain itself and deal with the offenders.
The Islamic Society, a government-affiliated group at the university, told ANAJ news website that is “calling on the university to deal with this society.”
Mashreq News wrote: “In an interesting move, the country’s industrial universities have welcomed the new students with a propaganda for the PMOI,” said state-run Mashreq News. “Under such circumstances, it is not clear toward which direction the new school year and students will turn.”
“In a strange move,” it continued, “Sharif University published the photo of Maryam Rajavi in its graduate’s special edition. This is while the universities are welcoming the new students for the new school year. Once such moves become routine in the universities, they would probably lead to sedition and chaos at the scientific atmosphere of the country.”
Maryam Rajavi has led the PMOI president elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) since 1993. The PMOI is a banned group in Iran and publication of images or quotations from their leaders is forbidden.