Hundreds Protest Outside Evin Prison as Activist Enters 71st Day of Hunger Strike
Hundreds of Iranian activists gathered outside Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison on January 2 to protest the ongoing detention of human rights activist Arash Sadeghi, whose health situation has declined since entering the 71st day of a hunger strike.
Sadeghi was sentenced to 19 years in prison after being charged with “propaganda against the regime, assembly, and collusion against national security” in 2014. He began his hunger strike on October 24, 2016, when his wife Golrokh Iraei was arrested and sentenced to six years in prison for an unpublished investigative article on stoning deaths in Iran, as well as participating in women’s rights demonstrations.
<a href="http://www.ncr-iran.org/en/news/human-rights/21845-iran-hundreds-of-people-gathered-in-front-of-evin-prison-in-support-of-political-prisoner-arash-sadeghi" target="_blank">Iranian opposition reports</a> said that Sadeghi lost consciousness on January 1 and suffered several seizures due to his ongoing hunger strike.
Iranian hardline newspapers backed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, including <a href="http://en.farsnews.com/" target="_blank">Fars News</a>, have claimed that Sadeghi has links to Western intelligence apparatuses, calling the #SaveArash social media campaign an attempt to “help the counter-revolutionary forces [and] insist on hiding the fact that he is a traitor who has betrayed his homeland.”