Tzvi Kahn is a senior Iran analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington-based non-partisan research institute focusing on national security and foreign policy. Follow him on Twitter @TzviKahn.
In July, Iran sentenced scores of students to lengthy prison terms for peacefully protesting against the clerical regime. These punishments, which follow the arrests of more than 150 student demonstrators since nationwide protests began in late 2017, prompted fierce denunciations on Iranian campuses. Nearly 70 student associations issued a joint statement proclaiming that they will not permit “the totalitarian forces to target freedom and liberty again.”