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Ex-Tehran Uni. President urges Iran’s youths to protest against dictatorship

NCRI – Dr. Mohammad Maleki, the first Chancellor of the University of Tehran following the 1979 revolution and a former Iranian political prisoner, has from his home in Tehran sent a message to the youths in Iran to “rise up and protest” against the mullahs’ regime in Iran.

Dr. Maleki made the plea following a statement of support for Iranian physicist and political prisoner Omid Kokabee who underwent surgery last week to remove his cancerous right kidney.

Mr. Kokabee, 34, and his relatives had repeatedly warned about his various problematic health conditions, but the mullahs’ regime systematically ignored their warnings in the five years that he has been behind bars. Human rights groups say Mr. Kokabee is held solely for his refusal to work on military projects in Iran.

Iranian people, in particular the young generation, “must rise up,” Dr. Maleki said in his message which was recorded last Friday, April 22.

“They must break the silence in the face of these criminal actions.”

“They must put fear aside and protest.”

“They must tell the oppressive rulers of this nation that they will not allow them to act in this inhumane and un-Islamic way and violate the human rights of the wise people and scientists, political opponents, protesters and writers of this nation.”

“Dear students and professors, I urge you to rise up and protest.”

“Until now they have executed many students of this nation. These brutal massacres continue [in Iran]. … I urge all Iranian youths, in particular students and professors, to protest against these despicable actions of the regime and prevent these criminal acts from continuing,” he added.

Dr. Maleki, 83, is a human rights activist who has been arrested and imprisoned by the Iranian regime many times and is banned from leaving the country.

Last November he publicly condemned a brutal rocket attack on October 29, 2015 against members of the main Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK) in Camp Liberty in Iraq which left 24 people killed and dozens wounded.

In December he publicly said that the victims of the Camp Liberty rocket attack would overcome all obstacles and continue with ever greater force their resistance against the clerical regime, adding that they “seek freedom from cradle to the grave.”