Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, April 1, 2020—Inmates of Sheyban Prison in the city of Ahvaz, located in Khuzestan Province of southwest Iran, launched a riot on Tuesday, March 31. The sound of gunfire and tear gas was heard from inside the facility at 5 pm local time. The mullahs’ regime dispatched many security units to encircle Sheyban Prison with numerous layers of various forces in a desperate attempt to both control the situation and prevent any leak of information to the outside world. Locals reported hearing inmates shouting and protest to the prison authorities.
Riot in Sheyban Prison of Ahvaz, southwest #Iran— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) March 31, 2020
Reports indicate gunfire and tear gas heard from inside the facility. Inmates are heard shouting and protesting from outside the prison.pic.twitter.com/RB3ga2YGNq
On Tuesday, a local source said, “For a few minutes we could here the sound of gunfire and tear gas from inside the Sheyban Prison, also known as Ahvaz Central Prison. Despite the fact that this facility is located on the city outskirts, regime authorities had dispatched numerous security units to encircle the entire area.”
The inmates were protesting lack of medical supplies and the coronavirus spread inside the jail. However, regime officials and authorities are refusing to provide any support and are resorting to oppressive crackdown measures.
A family member of one inmate in Ahvaz’s Sheyban Prison said, “I was talking with my father when I heard gunfire. He told me, ‘They’re firing tear gas at us.” Then I couldn’t hear my father and a person near him said, ‘Hold him. He’s not feeling well.’… I don’t know if my father was injured or a tear gas canister landed close to him.”
Further reports indicate that the families of the inmates at Sheyban prison gathered in front of the facility on Tuesday night and demanded authorities to release their loved ones. The regime's forces responded by opening fire and shooting tear gas at the protesters.
Other videos show 30 ambulances being shuttled into the facility. According to some reports, the regime's suppressive forces have murdered several prisoners during the riot.
Inmates of wards 12 and 15 in Tabriz Central Prison, located in northwest Iran, launched a protest rally on Monday night local time, March 30, after reports broadcast by the regime’s state TV claiming other than dangerous prisoners all inmates in this facility have been released. The inmates in these two wards were heard shouting in one voice: “We are not dangerous and yet we are in jail” and “Shame on you! Shame on you!”
One source said the atmosphere in this facility is very tense and inmates could be heard protesting and shouting, “Shame on you!” during a phone call.
Riots are escalating in #Iran's prisons. The incidents are taking place against the backdrop of the worsening #coronavirus outbreak, which has so far claimed the lives of more than 14,700 people. Iran’s prisons are hit badly as humanitarian conditions continue to deteriorate. pic.twitter.com/98QKoH1YdN— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) March 31, 2020
In the past ten days following the new Persian calendar year, inmates in prisons across the country have launched protests and riots, and many have been able to escape.
On March 19, at least 23 inmates in Parsilon Prison of Khorramabad, western Iran, were able to escape this facility. Authorities opened fire on the escaping inmates, resulting in one prisoner being killed and another wounded.
On March 20, inmates of Aligudarz Prison, western Iran, launched a riot and clashed with the prison guards.
On Friday, March 27, inmates of Tabriz Central Prison launched a riot, according to reports from local media.
On the same day, a riot erupted in Saqqez Prison, western Iran, and 70 to 80 inmates were able to flee this facility. Mohammad Jabbari, the public prosecutor in Kurdistan Province, shed light on details of this incident in his remarks to reporters of local media outlets. “Around 70 inmates of Saqqez Prison fled the facility on Friday night… Necessary measures are being taken to have these individuals arrested,” he said.
In another incident on Friday, March 27, inmates of ward 1 in the Greater Tehran Prison (Fashafuyeh) launched a riot and clashed with the prison guards. These rioting inmates were protesting the spread of COVID-19 in this facility resulting in a number of their cellmates being infected and even dying of coronavirus. Prison guards and anti-riot units attacked the ward and threw out the inmates’ belongings under the pretext of conducting inspections. All telephone calls with the inmates’ family members were also canceled.
On Saturday, March 28, over 200 female inmates in Urmia Central Prison, northwest Iran, launched a hunger strike protesting the authorities’ refusal to release the inmates during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that has engulfed the entire country.
On Saturday afternoon, March 28, inmates of Alvand Prison in Hamedan, western Iran, launched a riot protesting authorities’ refusal to release them during the COVID-19 epidemic. A number of these inmates were able to flee. Members of the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) other security units opened fire on the inmates. Fires were also reported in various sections of this facility as a result of clashes between authorities and the inmates.
Riot in Hamedan prison, western #Iran— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) March 28, 2020
Numerous inmates launch a riot in Alvand Prison, clash with security units & dozens flee the facility. Prison guards opened fire & wounded 15 inmates. Clashes resulted in a fire & authorities have yet to put out the blaze. https://t.co/O59pKWJRBf
On Sunday night, March 29, inmates of Mahabad prison, western Iran, launched a riot and dozens were able to flee the prison. This riot led to clashes with authorities that led well into late night hours and gunfire was also heard from the vicinity.
Also, on Sunday night, March 29, inmates of Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz, south-central Iran, the regime dispatched a large number of security units to encircle the facility and close down all streets adjacent to the prison. Kazem Mousavi, head of the Fars Province judiciary, acknowledged reports of the prison riot early next morning. “From 10 pm local time on Sunday we were witnessing unrest in two wards of Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz. The inmates of these two wards broke some of the rails and closed-circuit cameras,” he said.
The regime’s public prosecutor in Shiraz said, “Unrest took place in three wards of this prison. Security units and anti-riot guards entered the facility in time. We had no casualties and only 14 individuals suffered minor injuries,” he said.
Riot in Adel Abad Prison of Shiraz, #Iran— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) March 29, 2020
-Many inmates are infected with coronavirus
-No medical care provided by authorities
-Numerous inmates have fled the facility
-Local sources reporting gunfire, authorities blocking main roads & encircling the prison https://t.co/A5f6eyDeWg
On Monday afternoon local time, March 30, inmates of Sepidar Prison of Ahvaz, southwest Iran, launched a riot. Video posted on social media platforms showed smoke raising from Sepidar Prison that could be seen from a far. Local reports indicate family members of inmates held in Sepidar Prison rallied outside the facility expressing concerns about their loved ones.
Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), described the death of inmates in the Greater Tehran Prison as a chain reaction in deaths and a horrific crime against humanity by the mullahs’ regime as authorities continue to refuse to release inmates. Madam Rajavi once again called on the international community to intervene immediately for the release of prisoners, especially political prisoners, and prevent the loss of thousands of lives in jails checkered across Iran.
The UN High Commissioner for #HumanRights should immediately urge the regime in #Iran to accept an international delegation to visit the Prison of Tabriz to find out about the fate of prisoners there #COVID19https://t.co/wlBnEbmW2l— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) March 26, 2020