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Iran Prison Fire: Fire in Tehran prison amid hijab protests in Iran, death toll rising, is there any conspiracy?

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Fire in Iran Jail

Highlights

  • Massive fire in Iran prison
  • death of many prisoners
  • cause of mutual quarrel

Iran Prison Fire: The death toll in a fire at the Avin Prison in Tehran’s capital Tehran has risen to eight. Iran’s judiciary gave this information. Earlier it was believed that the fire in the jail was set under conspiracy. Because there are huge protests against Hijab in the country. Giving information about the change in the death toll, Iran’s judiciary news agency ‘Mizan’ said that some prisoners injured in the incident on Saturday night died during treatment. All the prisoners who lost their lives were arrested for theft.

The news agency described the incident as a ‘fight between prisoners’. However, he has not presented any evidence in this regard. The semi-official news agency ‘Fars’ also reported the increase in the death toll and said that six prisoners were still hospitalized. A fire broke out at the Avin Prison in Tehran on Saturday evening. Flames and plumes of smoke could be seen from afar. The fire was brought under control after several hours of effort. The sound of shots fired and explosives could also be heard in the video of the incident that has circulated online.

Meanwhile, protests have been going on across the country for the past five weeks following the death in police custody of a 22-year-old girl named Mahasa Amini. Amini was caught by the police acting in the name of morality for allegedly not wearing the hijab properly and died in custody. Iran’s government has consistently claimed that Amini was not abused, while her family maintains that her body was marked with bruises and beatings.

Security forces assaulting women

In some videos that surfaced of the protest, women protesters can be seen being beaten and pushed by security forces. These include women who took off their hijab. Wearing a hijab is mandatory in Iran. Videos from the capital Tehran and elsewhere continue to circulate online, despite authorities blocking the Internet. In a video on Monday, university and high school students were seen protesting and raising slogans. Some women and girls were seen marching on the streets without covering their heads.

Iran has presented the biggest challenge against Iran’s theocracy through these demonstrations since the ‘Green Movement’ of 2009. The New York-based Center for Human Rights shared a video in which security force personnel are seen circling on motorcycles in Sanandaj. “They also allegedly broke the windows of several vehicles in Bahran,” the center said. Amnesty International has also condemned Iranian security forces’ use of firearms and even indiscriminate firing of tear gas at homes.

US President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan also condemned the actions of Iranian forces and said, “Whatever is happening in Iran, the world is watching.” At the same time, Iran has not yet commented on the renewed action in Sanandaz. However, Iran’s Foreign Ministry has summoned the UK ambassador after Britain imposed sanctions on some people from its country over police action. Iran’s foreign ministry called the sanctions “arbitrary and baseless” and threatened to take action against Britain in response.

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