A well-known Iranian activist disappeared shortly after her release. The 28-year-old was seen in a video without the mandatory headscarf. In it she had also addressed Iran’s highest religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
“We’re taking you underground,” the activist shouted with loose hair in the video. Now that she has disappeared, the exact circumstances were initially unclear. Sepideh Gholian was arrested on his way home on Wednesday, according to a web portal. She was released the same day from the notorious Evin Prison in the capital Tehran after more than four years in captivity.
The 28-year-old was first arrested in 2018 after reporting about trade union protests. According to Iranian media reports, she has now been pardoned. In the past, human rights activists have repeatedly complained about prison conditions. The organization Amnesty International recently reported extreme overcrowding, insufficient access to toilets and washing facilities, lack of sufficient food and drinking water. More than 22,000 people have been arrested since the start of the wave of protests in the fall of 2022.
Young Iranians challenge political and spiritual leadership. They want more rights and claim that 22-year-old Kurd Mahsa Amini was mistreated by the police. The woman died after being arrested by vice police for allegedly wearing her headscarf inappropriately. The security forces are cracking down on the protests en masse. Again and again people die or are arrested. Even children would be in prison and tortured there.
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