The wave of arrest of families and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has continued.
In the second half of November, simultaneous with the anniversary of the protests last year which shook the regime to its foundations, the Ministry of Intelligence and its repressive forces and agents have launched a series of arrests particularly among the families and supporters of the PMOI/MEK.
In Tehran, the well-known Vafaii family were targeted. Pouria Vahidian, 27, is also among those recently arrested.
He is related to the Saeed Moghimi who was executed during the 1988 massacre.
Pouria Vahidian had been previously imprisoned from 2018 to 2020 and was released after completing his sentence in April 2020.
Iran HRM had previously reported on November 15 on the arrests of other supporters of the PMOI/MEK in Kermanshah, Yazd and Tehran.
The clerical regime’s Intelligence Ministry has launched a new wave of arrests in Iran to fend off the outbreak of a spate of protests.
A number of political prisoners were re-arrested or summoned over the past week. One of those arrested is a young man suffering from blood cancer and detention would pose greater risk to his health.
Fearing the explosive state of society on the anniversary of the uprising in November 2019, the clerical regime’s Intelligence Ministry has launched a new wave of arrests in Iran in the past few days in various cities.
Agents of the Intelligence Department of Songhor, in Kermanshah Province, raided and ransacked the residences of several former political prisoners on November 11, 2020. They arrested Saeed Asghari, Saeed Samimi, and Kasra Bani Amerian and took them to Ward 4 of Evin Prison in Tehran after hours of interrogation. No summons had been issued for these persons to report in to prison.
Seventy-one Iranian men and women were summoned to Behbahan’s Public and Revolution Court on November 7, for “investigations” into their participation in July protests.
The 71 citizens must appear in court within the next 5 days in Behbahan, a city in the southeastern Khuzestan Province.
The men and women were charged with “insulting the Supreme Leader, disrupting public order and the country’s security, and assembly and collusion against national and foreign security”.
July 2020 Protests in Southern Iran
Iranian protesters took to the streets in the southern cities of Shiraz and Behbahan on July 16 to protest dire economic conditions and the impending death penalty for three young men who were arrested during the protests in November 2019.
The public flogging sentences for two men were carried out today in the city of Golbahar in northeast Iran.
A Judicial Official in the province announced the public punishment saying that the flogging sentences of two young men convicted of theft were carried out in public in the city of Golbahar.
In his comments carried by the state-run media, Golbahar Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor said that the men were eached flogged 74 times. Golbahar is located 35 km northwest of Mashhad.
Hundreds are routinely flogged in Iran each year, sometimes in public. In the most recent flogging case, prison guards lashed four prisoners last month in Karaj Central Prison near Iran’s capital Tehran.
Recent reports indicate horrific health and hygienic conditions in Mahabad Prison. The Coronavirus has plagued the prison and prisoners are at high risk of infection.
A number of staff and employees at the prison have already contracted COVID-19.
No accurate figures are available on the number of fatalities and COVID-19 cases in this prison. However, it is known that Ahmad Alipour, who was serving his fourth year in the Prison of Mahabad, died due to Coronavirus infection just this month. The authorities of the Prison of Mahabad concealed the real reason for Mr. Alipour’s death, registering it as a heart stroke.
Despite the circumstances, prison authorities have deprived prisoners of the minimum hygiene and sanitation. The washrooms and showers have been out of order for more than three months. Leaving 600 inmates in this prison with only four washrooms, which is one for every 150 prisoners.
Some 300 female prisoners have been relocated to the Central Prison of Urmia from across West Azerbaijan Province.
The relocation has been carried out on the orders of the clerical regime’s Judiciary. The detainees include political prisoners as well as ordinary prisoners detained on common crimes. The relocation of some 300 female prisoners took place on October 23, 2020. The clerical regime has not yet explained the reasons for these relocations.
The Central Prison of Urmia is plagued with the coronavirus. In March 2020, Fatemeh Alizadeh, 53, lost her life after contracting the disease. Female prisoners held a hunger strike in protest of the death of their inmate.
The Court of Behbahan issued a total of 109 years of prison sentence, 2,590 lashes, and 3.3 million Tomans in cash fine for 36 protesters including two women arrested during November 2019 protests in this city.
Behbahan was one of the hotbeds of protest in the southwest province of Khuzestan in November 2019.
Behbahan’s court informed the convicted of their sentences on the eve of the anniversary of the November 2019 uprising, on October 22, 2020.
Ms. Roghieh Taherzadeh was ordered to pay 3.3 million Tomans in cash to replace her three-month prison sentence. She is accused of insulting government agents while on duty.
Reports say the health of political prisoner Fatemeh Mosanna held at women’s ward of Evin Prison is deteriorating and the authorities have deprived her of adequate medical treatment.
Fatemeh Mosana’s health condition deteriorated on October 17 due to an intestinal infection she developed from prison conditions.
The prison’s doctors have said that they cannot do anything to treat her in prison and that she must be taken to a hospital outside prison.
However, the prison authorities do not take the necessary measures to treat her and refuse to send Fatemeh Mosanna to the hospital.
The political prisoner lost her consciousness on August 19, in the women’s ward of the notorious Evin Prison. She was transferred out to Tehran’s Taleghani Hospital where her limbs were cuffed to the bed throughout her stay. She was deprived of visiting her relatives while in hospital.
The clerical regime has stepped up its repressive measures and terror campaigns across the country fearing the volatile state of Iranian society.
As the society gets poorer every day, deprived of the minimum resources to deal with the deadly coronavirus, outbreak of angry protests is very likely.
The Iranian Judiciary, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the State Security Force (SSF), and the paramilitary Bassij Force are all engaged in various coordinated plans to prevent outburst, spread and continuation of protests.
The plans not only have the blessing of the mullahs’ supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, but are being carried out on his order. This was acknowledged by Majid Mir Ahmadi, the acting deputy for intelligence and security of the regime’s Armed Forces Staff.
1,831 young men have been rounded up in just one month in the campaigns to deal with “thugs and hooligans.”