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Iranian politicians used the occasion of Student Day to slam US President-elect Donald Trump and to vow to uproot corruption at home.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (C) speaks with MPs after presenting his budget for 2017-2018 to the parliament on December 4, 2016, in Tehran. / AFP / ATTA KENARE        (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

In December 1953, less than four months after the Anglo-American-instigated coup to topple Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, students at Tehran University went on strike and organized a series of demonstrations. On Dec. 7, 1953, students held a rally to oppose the re-establishment of relations with Britain, as well as the visit of US Vice President Richard Nixon to his close — and recently reinstated — ally, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The day ended in bloodshed as the Iranian army entered Tehran University campus and shot dead three students.

Ever since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iranian officials have commemorated the bloodshed on the 16th of Azar in the Iranian calendar — which fell on Dec. 6 this year — as Student Day, or Rooz-e-Daneshjoo. This event should not be confused with the other Student Day, Rooz-e-Daneshamooz, which falls on the 13th of Aban, or the anniversary of the November 1979 takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran. (Of note, there are two different words in Persian for school students and university students — daneshamooz and daneshjoo, respectively — which distinguish the two official days on the political calendar.) On Student Day, the Iranian president traditionally delivers a speech at Tehran University, an institution that is known as the most politicized center of higher education in the country and a place that has played a key role in the Iranian student movement over the past six decades.

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