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Riot in Saqqez prison, western Iran

Prison in Saqqez, Kurdistan Province, western Iran
Prison in Saqqez, Kurdistan Province, western Iran

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, March 28, 2020—Inmates of Saqqez prison in Kurdistan Province, western Iran, launched a riot on Friday afternoon local time, March 27, protesting refusal by authorities of the inhumane mullahs’ regime to release the prisoners despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis engulfing the entire country. A large number of the inmates were able to flee the facility following clashes with units of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and prison guards.



The Fars news agency, affiliated to the IRGC, wired a report on Friday acknowledging the fact that 80 inmates were able to escape. The regime’s oppressive forces were dispatched in large numbers across the city in a desperate attempt to round up the fleeing inmates. Authorities were also forced to dispatch numerous security units from nearby cities to arrest the fleeing prisoners.

On Thursday afternoon local time in Tabriz, northwest Iran, inmates of wards 7 and 9 of Tabriz prison launched a riot as fears escalated over the threat of being infected with COVID-19 inside the facility. Anti-riot units viciously attacked the defenseless prisoners by opening direct fire and wounding at least seven of the inmates. The rioting inmates were able to disarm several prison guards and clashed with the anti-riot unit members. Numerous prisoners were able to escape the facility.

Prior to this, inmates of Aligudarz Central Prison and Parsilon Prison in the city of Khorramabad, both in Lorestan Province, western Iran, launched separate riots and a number of them were able to escape the regime’s jails. A number of these inmates were either killed or wounded as security forces opened fire.

While the number of COVID-19 victims in Iran is escalating exponentially, various inmates in different jails throughout Iran are also infected with this illness. Six inmates have already lost their lives in the Greater Tehran Prison (Fashafuyeh), which lacks even basic hygiene necessities. Inmates suffering from coronavirus are not being separated from others in this facility.



In Ghezel Hesar Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran, a number of inmates have been infected with COVID-19 and some have even lost their lives. The prisons of Gohardasht and Evin, along with the women’s prison of Qarchak, and dozens of other large and small jails in Tehran and Alborz provinces are under the same conditions. The situation in prisons of other provinces are reported as very dire. Most of Iran’s prisons are filled with twice or three times the number of their capacity.

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.