A day after a university student was shot to death during anti-regime protests in Tehran, a battle is waging for his soul.
Saneh Jaleh, 26, was killed on Jamalzadeh Street, north of Azadi Street which was the main fulcrum of demonstrations on February 14.
News outlets close to the government now claim that he was a supporter of the regime and that he was shot by ‘agents provocateurs’ controlled by various opposition groups. The regime announced it would organize a funeral procession for Jaleh, from the Arts University of Tehran, where he studied theater, to Tehran University at 9:30 AM, Wednesday morning.
‘He was definitely not a Basij member,’ said Hatef Soltani, one of Jaleh’s friends and former fellow students who accepted to speak on the record by telephone, referring to the pro-regime militia which has employed violence to subdue previous rallies. ‘He participated in past demonstrations, particularly on Ashura,’ added Soltani. ‘He managed to escape harm that day, but this time…’