At the least eight folks had been injured in a hearth at Evin jail in northern Tehran, Iranian state media IRNA reported. A massive, darkish plume of smoke was seen billowing close to the jail in a number of movies on social media Saturday evening.
The hearth has been contained, and “peace is maintained,” the governor of Tehran, Mohsen Mansouri, instructed IRNA, including that the hearth was began by prisoners. Tehran’s Evin Jail is a notoriously brutal facility the place the regime incarcerates political dissidents.
“Now the state of affairs of the jail is totally below management and peace is maintained within the jail advanced and the streets across the jail are being monitored and below management,” Mansouri mentioned.
An Iranian safety official mentioned “thugs” set hearth to the warehouse of jail clothes, IRNA reported earlier.
Activist group 1500tasvir reported that in movies posted on social media, gunshots had been heard and Iranian particular forces had been seen heading to the world the place the jail is believed to be situated.
The Iranian official mentioned that the “rioters” had been separated from different prisoners and the opposite detainees have returned to their cells, IRNA reported.
CNN can not independently confirm the state of affairs.
Amnesty Worldwide Secretary Basic Agnes Callamard responded on Twitter to the social media movies with a reminder to Iranian authorities of their “authorized obligation to respect and shield” the lives of prisoners following the hearth.
Callamard famous the jail is “infamous” and retweeted a publish from journalist Jason Rezaian whose “544 Days” podcast recounts the time he spent incarcerated within the jail.
“Evin is not any bizarre jail. A lot of Iran’s finest & brightest have spent lengthy stretches confined there, the place courageous ladies & males are denied their fundamental rights for talking reality to energy,” Rezaian wrote. “The regime is answerable for what occurs to these inside proper now.”
In the meantime, cities all through Iran stay gripped in nationwide protest actions led by women and girls following the dying of a younger girl in police custody.
In September, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died after she was detained by the nation’s morality police for allegedly not carrying her hijab correctly. Iranian authorities have since unleashed a brutal crackdown on demonstrators, who’ve united round a variety of grievances with the nation’s authoritarian regime.
Witnesses beforehand mentioned that Iranian safety forces beat, shot and detained college students at Tehran’s Sharif College. Final month, almost two dozen youngsters had been killed throughout the protests, based on a report by Amnesty Worldwide.
At the least 23 youngsters – some as younger as 11 – had been killed by safety forces within the final 10 days of September alone, the report mentioned.
Earlier this week, an Iranian official additionally admitted that faculty college students collaborating in road protests are being detained and brought to psychiatric establishments.