Iran: No news on whereabouts and condition of 10 detained Gonabadi Dervishes

Dervish Gonabadi protesters

There is no news on the condition and whereabouts of 10 Gonabadi Dervishes who were arrested during the Golestan Haftom incident. These prisoners were being kept in Fashafuyeh Prison but were transferred to an unknown location for further investigation. They have been identified as Amin Safari, Mostafa Safari, Hadi Dehnavi, Kasra Nouri, Faramarz Mangeri, Sallahedin Moradi, Reza Entesari, Mohammad Karimaie, Kianoush Abbaszadeh, Mostafa Abdi and Mohammad Sharifi-Moghadam.

Gonabadi Dervishes

A gathering on February 19, 2018, by Dervish Gonabadi protesters turned violent after police intervention. The Dervishes were protesting the detention of Nematollahi Riahi and the lack of accountability by agents about where he was detained and charges made against him. Nematollahi Riahi had gone to the Namju Police Station to follow up the condition of other detained Dervishes but was arrested by police. The daughter of the elderly man said that he had severe heart issues and that a battery had been placed in his heart.

The State Security Force attacked the protesters, firing bird shots and tear gas and using batons. At least three Dervish Gonabadi protesters were killed and more than 600 were arrested. 70 women arrested during the Dervish Gonabadi protests were transferred to Qarchak Prison, south east of the capital.

They are held in the quarantine section of ward 3 where all communications with the outside world is cut off. Many protesters were severely injured by anti-riot units using pellet guns. Reports indicate many injured protesters have been arrested in hospitals by intelligence agents.