The official Iranian news agency IRNA reported that fighting broke out between detainees and prison staff. The prisoners allegedly set fire to a warehouse full of prison uniforms. According to one employee, the “situation is under control” and the fire has been put out. The state news agency said eight people were injured and no one was killed.
At the same time, videos still circulating on social media show a completely different picture. The pictures show explosions that were said to be gunshots.
Witnesses told the Associated Press news agency that roads to Evin Prison had been closed by police. The internet will also be blocked in the area. At least three loud explosions were heard in the area. According to Reuters, relatives of prisoners gathered in front of the main entrance.
See photos of the situation in prison below:
Turmoil has been in Iran a month ago after 22-year-old Masha Amini was killed when she was arrested by the Etiquette Squad. Protests broke out across the country for more women’s rights. Today, protests continue across the country, increasingly targeting the government.
Evin detains political opponents of the regime and activists, including foreigners. Many people arrested in the recent protests have also been transferred to this prison. It is not known if there is a connection between the uprising and the protests.
The prison is notorious for the atrocities that take place there. Guards abuse and torture prisoners. Last year, hackers released images from surveillance cameras showing torture:
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