Anti-Mahallati group plans to protest during Oberlin College graduation

The Chronicle-Telegram

Jun 03, 2022 6:00 AM

OBERLIN — Another protest calling for the termination of Oberlin College professor Mohammad Jafar Mahallati has been set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday on the corner of College and Main streets in Oberlin.

A group of families of executed political prisoners in Iran, college students, alumni, Iranian-Americans and residents plan to rally there during Oberlin College’s commencement exercises on Tappan Square.

They accuse Mahallati, who was Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations in the 1980s, of denying the mass killing of political prisoners in Iran and shielding those responsible from accountability.

Since October 2020, a group calling itself the Alliance Against Islamic Regime of Iran Apologists has been demanding that Mahallati be fired.

“If Oberlin College’s leadership continues to show a lack of leadership, we will turn to Congress and demand a proper investigation into Mr. Mahallati and Oberlin College’s inactions,” said a news release from the group.

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