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(en) [Iran] Freedom for Soheil Arabi, Iranian anarchist prisoner on hunger strike By ANA (pt) [machine translation]
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:20:43 +0300
Soheil Arabi, the Iranian blogger, an anarchist activist who is detained in Ward 7 of
Evin's notorious penitentiary in Tehran, has started a hunger and thirst strike on
September 23 of this year demanding his basic rights. ---- In an open letter, Soheil said
he will continue his indefinite strike of form and thirst until his demands are met. He
went through a period of hunger strike for a few weeks, where his health deteriorated
severely. ---- The incarcerated Iranian blogger refused to be hospitalized, despite
attempts by officials and the director of the penitentiary to transfer him to the prison
clinic. In addition, Soheil was barred from receiving visits from his relatives because of
his refusal to wear the prison uniform. ---- Soheil Arabi has been in jail since November
2013. Originally he was sentenced to death, then seven and a half years in prison, for
"insulting the Supreme Leader" of the country and for "propaganda against the state."
Arabi is still facing other lawsuits over his activities.
The following is the open letter:
" Here, speaking the truth is forbidden. However, I am an anarchist and therefore I do not
obey prohibitions. I can not remain silent when I see innocent people being tormented here
in Evin's prison. Here, free thinkers are being punished for telling the truth.
Do not ask me to be silent. At that moment, being silent is the greatest of betrayals.
I do not cry for help in my situation. I'm on hunger strike to be the voice of all
innocent prisoners. I want our voice to be heard. I want to be the voice of all confined
free thinkers: Manoucher Mohammad Ali, Mahmoud Langroudi, Ali Shariate, Yousef Emadi,
Arash Sadeghi, Sovada Aghasar and other humans whose only crime was telling the truth.
Today, September 23, 2017, is the third year that my daughter started going to school and
is the third time I am deprived of being alone with her. I went from a hunger strike to a
hunger strike and thirst because I do not want her to see me in this prison anymore.
Sohel Arabi, Ward 7, Evin Prison "
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