Iranian police suppress prison riot in Tehran

Some 30 political dissidents were taken into solitary confinement it what was called a 'brutal' crackdown.

Iranian police suppress prison riot in Tehran

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iranian police raided a prison on Thursday after a number of jailed political dissidents refused to be inspected.

Speaking to Radio Free Europe, the daughter of jailed human rights lawyer Abdolfatan Soltani said that the prisoners in Tehran's Evin prison were protesting against 'brutal' inspection methods.

The authorities then responded by sending in about 100 antiriot police who were filmed beating the prisoners in Section 350 and transferring some 30 prisoners to solitary confinement.

Many prisoners were said to be injured in the crackdown, with two - religious activist Emad Bahvar and blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki - having to be rushed to hospital, according to Iranian opposition Sahamnews.

However, the head of Iran's Prisons Organization Gholamhossein Esmaili denied the reports to the ILNA news agency, dismissing them as 'rumors'. 

Last Mod: 18 Nisan 2014, 14:15
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