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Iran regime reacts furiously to printing of Maryam Rajavi’s photo in an important university publication 

NCRI  –The Iranian regime has closed down the Society of Graduates in Sharif University of Technology, one of the most important technological establishments in Iran, after publication of a photo of Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, in its latest book listing its former graduates.

The photo of Mrs Maryam Rajavi was published in the section introducing the graduates of Faculty of Metallurgy Engineering.


The Iranian regime’s officials and their affiliated organizations reacted angrily to the publication of photo of Mrs. Rajavi describing her as the “number 1 enemy“of the regime. 

State-run Fars News Agency quoted Hamod Fotohi, the president of the university as saying: “As soon as we were informed of the distribution of a number of this publication among the students we ordered its further distribution to be blocked and all those already distributed to be collected and be transferred to Herasat Office (state body in charge of repression of students in universes and schools).”

“We sieged the activities of Society of Graduates,” he said adding “the Society of Graduates must be held accountable for what they have done. We would follow up to find out why this has happened.  We would certainly deal with those responsible for printing of the photo and the publication of the book.”

Every year as the schools in Iran open in fall, the Society of Graduates holds an annual conference and publishes information on a group graduate of the university.

 Fotohi said: “This society is not being supervised by the university but has an office at the university which we have shut down now and we are reviewing this problem.”

Raja News, another state-run website quoted Fotohi as saying: “This issue will soon be reviewed with help of intelligence organizations.”

The publication of Maryam Rajavi’s photo also drew protest by over 30 members of the Iranian regime’s parliament who asked the regime’s Minister of Higher Education “What is the reason behind the publication of the photo of the leader of The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) in the Special Publication of the Society of Gradates of Sharif University of Techonlogy?”

State-run Afkar News described Maryam Rajavi as “number 1 enemy” of the regime and regarded the publication of the photo as a “strange act.”

A statement by the regime’s authorities in the university said: “The order for banning all the activities of the Society of Graduates have been issued and all the copies of the book have been collected.”

“The necessary follow ups for legally dealing with the violators is taking place by the relevant authorities,” the statement added.

The Islamic Society, one the main repressive organs of the regime at the university, told ANAJ news website that is “calling on the university to deal with this society.”

State-run Mashreq News warned that “when such moves become routine in the universities they would probably lead to sedition and chaos at the scientific atmosphere of the country.”

Mashreq News wrote: “In an interesting move, the country’s industrial universities have welcomed the new students with a propaganda for the PMOI. Therefore, it is not clear under such circumstances, toward which direction the new school year and students will turn?”

“In the beginning of this school year we are witnessing deviated acts in the important industrial universities of the country which is a source of concern.”

“In this regard, in a strange move, 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.”