How did one of the most secure places in Iran end up plunged into such chaos on Saturday October 15? Fire, explosions, gunshots, Evin prison, located in the northern suburbs of Tehran, was the scene of disturbances, the exact nature of which remains to be determined. The authorities, who announced a return to normal at the end of the day, spoke of violence between prisoners, in an assumed desire to separate the event from the anti-regime movement which entered its fifth week.
But Evin prison is not a penitentiary like the others: it is in this vast complex, known for its mistreatment, that political prisoners, artists, intellectuals and dual nationals are sent, alongside common law prisoners. . Hundreds of Iranian men and women arrested since the death of Mahsa Amini would be there.
“Reassuring” information about Fariba Adelkhah
Worried about their fate, demonstrators braved the roadblocks set up around the prison to shout “Death to the Dictator” or come to the news. The support group for French-Iranian researcher Fariba Adelkhah, imprisoned in the women’s section, has announced that it has received information “reassuring”.
The judiciary counted Sunday, October 16 four dead and 61 injured, including four in serious condition. On social networks, demonstrators and observers feared a replica of the arson attack that occurred on August 19, 1978 in a cinema in the city of Abadan. “They want to create another Rex Cinema. They want to sacrifice prisoners to survive. The lives of Evin prisoners are in danger”was alarmed the brother of blogger Hossein Ronaghi, detained since 2009. Four hundred and seventy people had died in the flames, an event considered to be a trigger for the Islamic revolution.