By staff writer
Saturday, 17 December 2016
On Thursday, December 15th for the second consecutive day a number of supporters of political prisoner Mohammad Ali Taher in Iran rallied outside Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison in an initiative dubbed, “The Migration to Prison Campaign.” A number of these protesters were arrested and transferred to an unknown location.
Taheri is the founder of the “Erfan Halghe” group in Iran who has been imprisoned for promoting his beliefs. Last year a number of Members of the European Parliament signed a letter describing Taheri’s long jail sentence unjustified.
Prior to this Amnesty International emphasized according to the Taheri family his senior interrogator and a masked man had transferred Taheri to an interrogation room on the fifth day of his hunger strike, placing him under pressure for a video confession. As Taheri resisted these efforts the authorities began beating him severely, according to his family.
A group of Taheri supporters rallied outside Evin Prison on Thursday, December 15th, demanding their own apprehension, according to the Hrana news agency. They described Taheri’s detention and beating as unjustified and adding, “If having such a mentality as that of Mr. Taheri is considered a crime, then we, too, are considered criminals and we must also be taken into prison.”
Five male protesters were threatened and beaten by security forces, and later arrested as they refused to end their rally. They were transferred to an unknown location. The female protesters were then threatened and forced to end their rally.
The names of those arrested in this protest rally are: Ahmad Reza Rahbar, Ali Grousi, Hossein Daliri, Behnam Mansourian and Behrouz Reshvand.
It is worth noting another group of Taheri supporters also rallied outside Evin Prison, and reports indicate a number of them were arrested. The arrested women have been transferred to Gharchak Varamin Prison, southeast of Tehran.