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Fire and riot break out in Iranian political dissident prison

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Vídeos postados nas redes sociais mostraram fogo e uma grande nuvem de fumaça na unidade; tiros foram ouvidos e forças especiais iranianas foram enviadas para a região
Videos posted on social media showed fire and a large cloud of smoke in the unit; shots were heard and Iranian special forces were sent to the region| Photo: Playback/Twitter

A fire was recorded this Saturday (10) in Evin Prison, north of the Iranian capital, Tehran, at a time when the country faces major protests over the death of a young woman for “inappropriate use” of the hijab (Islamic veil).

Videos posted on social media showed fire and a large cloud of smoke in the unit, where they are incarcerated. political dissidents and known for violating prisoners’ human rights. Reports also published on social media highlighted that shots were heard and Iranian special forces were sent to the region. The state news agency Irna reported that the “riots and clashes” were caused by a group of detainees in a ward “where bandits and rioters are incarcerated and resulted in a fire in the prison’s clothing store; the unit’s security forces and firefighters put out the fire.” Agnes Callamard, secretary general of Amnesty International, called for restraint from the Iranian authorities in responding to the riot. “Iran’s notorious Evin Prison is on fire and gunshots have been heard . It must be something scary. We emphasize that the authorities have a legal obligation to respect and protect the life and well-being of all prisoners,” he wrote on Twitter.

IRNA pointed out that the Tehran prosecutor’s office “reiterated that the clashes inside Evin Prison in this Saturday have nothing to do with the recent disturbances in the country.”

Iran has been experiencing a wave of demonstrations since the death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman from 15 city years Kurdish of Saqez who died in ] in Tehran after being arrested and beaten by police for “inappropriate use” of the hijab.

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