Jailed Dervishes start dry hunger strike to protest unknown conditions of eight Sufis
An Iranian news outlet focusing on Iran’s Gonabadi Dervish minority says two detained Sufi Dervishes have gone on dry hunger strike since Friday, protesting the unknown conditions of eight Sufis held in Iran’s Great Tehran Penitentiary (GTP).
Political prisoner Soheil Arabi is also on hunger in support of Mohammad Reza Darvishi and Salahedin Moradi.
The two activists have reportedly told the prison warden that as long as they do not meet with the eight Dervishes, they will continue their strike.
Security forces on August 29 attacked dervish inmates in notorious penitentiary center, Fashafouyeh, when they held a sit-in to protest “inhumane” conditions in the prison and to demand the release of female Sufi inmates held at Gharchak Prison.
These dervishes were taken to solitary confinement, while the whereabouts of eight of them, Reza and Sina Entessari, Mehdi Eskandari, Morteza Kangarloo, Amir and Kassra Nouri, Hossam Moeini and Mohammad Sharifi Moqaddam, is still not known.