According to Iranian state media reports, four prisoners were killed and 61 wounded. Four wounded in the Saturday fire were in a critical state, and those killed died of smoke inhalation, condition media regarding the country’s judiciary. Fire in the infamous Tehran Evin prison occurred against the backdrop of ongoing unrest caused at the time in the guardianship of Iran’s morality police a month ago.
The protests turned into one of the most daring challenges to spiritual leadership after the 1979 revolution and were met with brutal suppression. Before the authorities released the number of deaths from fire, families of some political prisoners took to social media to call on officials to ensure the safety of prisoners in Evin, who in 2018 blacklisted by the US government for “serious violations of human rights”. Iranian authorities said on Saturday that a prison seminar was set on fire “after fight among many of prisoners, convicts of financial crime and theft” Evin holds a lot of detainees facing security fees, including Iranians with dual Nationality among foreign citizens who were held in prison.
Footage of Evin on air on state television hours firefighters were later shown inspecting the workshop with fire roof damage. It also showed cellmates in their wards are apparently “sleeping, as the calm was restored”.Athena Daemi, a human rights activist, told relatives of prisoners in the women’s section gathered in prison for normal visiting hours, but the authorities denied them access due to a stand-off. According to Ms. Daemi, the relatives were told that the prisoners were “all right, but the phones are broken.”
“When the families said they would not leave until they (prisoners) call, give them mobile phones to call guards ran into families,” she tweeted.
On the frames broadcast on state television, a prison official said the prisoners were allowed to contact their families. Human rights groups said at least 240 protesters were killed, including 32 minors.
Over 8000 people were arrested in 111 cities and towns, Iranian activist news GRANA agency reported.