Fire kills four in Iran's Evin prison
The incident comes as protests against the regime have entered their fifth week.
This image obtained from Iranian news agency IRNA shows the damage caused by the fire inside the jail.
Four detainees died and more than 60 were injured in a fire at Evin prison in Tehran, after a month of protests over the death of young Iranian girl Mahsa Amini, announced authorities on Sunday.
Authorities say thugs caused clashes and a fire at the notorious detention center on Saturday evening, before the situation returned to normal, but NGOs have questioned this version.
Seeing how normal the lying of official officials has become, we do not accept official explanations, retorted Oslo-based Iran Human Rights (IHR), saying it had received reports that guards had sought to encourage prisoners .
Four prisoners, convicted of theft, died due to smoke inhalation and 61 others were injured, four of them seriously, the Judiciary said .
An image posted on social media shows Evin Prison engulfed in flames.
The official Irna agency stressed that the unrest in Evin had nothing to do with the protests sparked in the country by the death on September 16 of Mahsa Amini, 22, and entered their fifth week, despite the crackdown that left at least 108 dead according to the NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR).
Based on images posted on social media, gunshots fire and the sound of explosions could be heard in the evening outside the prison, where foreigners in particular are held and which is notorious for its mistreatment of political detainees.
Hundreds of people arrested during protests over the death of Mahsa Amini have reportedly been sent to Evin, sometimes dubbed Evin University because of the large number of intellectuals held there.
After the fire, several NGOs as well as the United States expressed their concerns about the prisoners, but several foreign detainees were able to contact their families.
Prisoners, including political detainees, are completely defenseless in Evin, said Hadi Ghaemi, the director of the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).
Amnesty International Secretary General Agnès Callamard for her part stressed that the Iranian authorities have a legal obligation to respect and protect the life and well-being of all prisoners.
Among the foreign detainees are the Franco-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah and the American Siamak Namazi.
But Fariba Adelkhah's support group said they had reassuring news and Siamak Namazi's US attorney said he had been moved to a secure area of the prison.< /p>
The family of Austrian detainee Massoud Mossaheb said he was alive but had inhaled smoke. And the other Austrian prisoner, Kamran Ghaderi, is also safe.
Similarly, according to the Italian Foreign Ministry, Alessia Piperno, an Italian globetrotter arrested on September 28 and detained in Evina, is doing well.
Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who was detained at Evine, said she learned from relatives of the political prisoners that they were all safe.< /p>
American demonstrators took part in a “solidarity march with the Iranian people” on Saturday in Washington.
The sister of an American citizen detained in this prison, businessman Emad Shargi, tweeted that his family had died of; concern.
Iran bears full responsibility for the safety of our wrongfully detained citizens, who must be released immediately, the United States has warned.
NGOs say protests have took place overnight in solidarity with Evin detainees, after a day of protests over the death of Mahsa Amini.
Despite the closure of the surrounding roads, demonstrators went to the prison, notably chanting death to the dictator, one of the main slogans of the protest, according to the sounds of videos shared by online media 1500tasvir.
The death of Mahsa Amini was the spark of this wave of protest. The young Iranian Kurd died three days after her arrest by the morality police in Tehran who accused her of having violated the strict dress code in force in the country, imposing in particular the wearing of the veil for women
Since then, Iranian women have been at the forefront of the movement. The mullahs must get out! Chanted women without veils at the Shariati Technical and Vocational College in Tehran on Saturday, according to an online video.
The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, on October 4.
Iranian leaders accuse the United States, their sworn enemy, of destabilizing their country by fomenting riots. On Sunday, Iranian diplomacy again dismissed President Joe Biden's interference as a tired politician.
Protests in Iran are the largest since those in 2019, organized against the price hike gasoline in the oil-rich country.
But according to Cornelius Adebahr, analyst for Carnegie Europe, it takes much more than protests and sanctions from Western countries to reverse the Iranian regime.