Schools a “cause for concern” for the Iranian regime, Bassij commander warns

The commander of the Iranian regime’s Bassij Force has voiced anxiety over potential protests by students across the country against the clerical regime, saying there had recently been “worrying” questions posed by the students, according to state-run media. Speaking to a number of Bassij agents at schools on Monday, Mohammad Reza Naqdi said, “Today is the era of soft warfare, the aim of which is to rule over hearts and minds. Since last winter, a group [of agents] went to various schools to raise awareness. But they faced questions that are cause for concern. That is where we realized the enemy has concentrated most on the younger generations. .. The enemy is targeting a community that is in the process of learning.”

Naqdi called for more controls over schools, and added, “We have to have a clear picture of what kind of identity a high school graduate should have … The deviations and challenges that we face today in this society is a result of our shortcomings. It is us who will suffer from the consequences. In our programs, we have not been able to convince people and raise their awareness so that they refuse to change their minds with a single TV or Internet message.”

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