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Iran says four detainees killed, 61 injured in prison fire

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Prisão de Evin é local de encarceramento de dissidentes políticos; agência estatal informou que os quatro mortos estavam presos por acusações de roubo

Evin Prison is a place of incarceration for political dissidents; state agency reported that the four dead were in prison on robbery charges| Photo: EFE/EPA/STRINGER

The state news agency IRNA reported this Sunday ( ) that the fire recorded on Saturday () in Evin Prison, north of the Iranian capital Tehran, resulted in the death of four inmates. Others 61 were injured. The fire would have started after a riot inside the unit.

According to state media, Prisão de Evin é local de encarceramento de dissidentes políticos; agência estatal informou que os quatro mortos estavam presos por acusações de roubo of the wounded were treated immediately and the other ten were hospitalized. IRNA reported that the four prisoners killed in the fire were being held on charges of robbery.

On Saturday, videos posted on social media showed fire and a large cloud of smoke in the unit, where political dissidents are imprisoned and which is known for its human rights violations of prisoners. Reports also published on social media highlighted that shots were heard and Iranian special forces were sent to the region.

Agnes Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International, called for an independent investigation into the Evin prison riot.

On Saturday, IRNA had pointed out that the Tehran prosecutor “reiterated that the clashes inside the prison of Evin 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 16 years of the Kurdish city of Saqez who died in 12 in Tehran after being arrested and beaten by police officers for “inappropriate use” of the hijab.

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