Iran: Political prisoners launched hunger strike in memorial of “Black Thursday”
Three political prisoners in Rajayishahr prison, west of Tehran have launched a three-day hunger strike to honor the events of 17 April, which has become known as “Black Thursday” by local activists.
Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, Mehdi Farahi Shandiz and Mehdi Amiri, have launched their hunger strike in memorial to Gholamreza Khosravi, one of the executed political prisoners.
They have in a letter appreciated political prisoners’ strength and stability, demanding the authorities immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners, ending the unfair trials and suppressing workers, teachers and all protesters.
It is worth noting that dozens of political prisoners were injured or put into solitary confinement in a raid on Evin’s ward 350, where inmates with political charges are held. The guards wielded batons and used violence, leaving more than 30 injured. At least four inmates were taken to a hospital outside the jail because they were bleeding or sustained fractures. Thirty-two prisoners were also transferred to solitary confinement.
International human rights organization including Amnesty International condemned the raid.