Iran, Tehran, March 13, 2018 – Farangis Mazloum, the mother of the prominent political prisoner, Soheil Arabi, sent a message on Tuesday, March 13, describing her son’s situation who has been on dry hunger strike in the Greater Tehran Prison.
Her message, being published on social media says; “I, Farangis Mazloum, the mother of Soheil Arabi who was arrested and imprisoned for his political activities, am calling on all friends and relatives to join me to hold our New Year ceremonies in front of the prison, were he is facing an inevitable death. Soheil went on hunger strike in February in protest to assault, battery, and forcible transfer of two female political prisoners, Golrokh Iraee and Atena Daemi, to the notorious Gharchak prison. In response to his protests, the prison authorities attacked, beat and insulted him. He was eventually transfer to the Grand Tehran Prison, where criminal prisoners are held. The regime tried hard to break his will and force him to stop his strike but he stood firm. Today, they broke my heart by denying me a visit to my son. My heart is shattered into thousand pieces, knowing that I may never see him alive again.
Now, I am addressing all mothers and fathers of political prisoners to join me in front of the Grand Tehran Prison to hold our New Year ceremony in front of the prison, and to tell our children behind bars of tyranny that we are staying with them. We will not going to leave them alone ever. Our brave sons and daughters are in jail for the cause of freedom and humanity for others, a freedom that they deserve.