“Coronavirus will bring about death tsunami at prison,” political prisoners warn

A group of political prisoners of ward 8, Evin Prison, published a statement pointing to the re-spread of coronavirus in the country and the prisons, warning about a potential death tsunami at prisons.


The statement reads: “As we predicted, the coronavirus reached a new peak in fall dragging into death more people on daily basis; the reason: the authorities hid it and took no action at its onset.

According to this inattentiveness towards the health and life of the people, as official data puts it (and we now that it is reduced) each three minute one person is dying of the coronavirus and his or her family mourns.


Maybe in the coming weeks this would be reach one death in every minute. Prisons and prisoners are a part of this society too and they are even in more danger. Having a look at prisons’ conditions and how the inmates live in them, it is clear how lethal coronavirus would be in these places.


A limited space embedding a great number of inmates, without any preventive sanitary gears or being able to keep social distancing. The inmates have no possibility to take care of themselves, they are under various physiological pressures including being worried about their beloveds outside the prison. Under these conditions a more serious spread of the virus at prisons with bring about death tsunami.


But the truth is greater and more painful to be hidden. What we mentioned about the inmates’ situation amid coronavirus pandemic is a warning for the authorities! From now on, each prisoner contracting coronavirus is equal to his/ her torture and harassment and each prisoner dying of the virus is equal to premediated murder.


We, the political prisoners signing this statement call for unconditional release (repenting or giving obligations) of the prisoners or at least granting them furloughs to prevent a catastrophe of coronavirus deaths. Until we reach this goal, we will continue protesting.


Evin Prison- Ward 8- December 2020


Signatories:

Bakhtash Abtin/ Mohammad Abolhasani/ Mehdi Asterzaee/ Keyvan Bazhan/ Sina Beheshti/ Abtin Jafarian/ Yasin Jamali/ Ali Asghar Hasani Rad/ Ruhollah Khazali/ Reza Khandan (Mahabadi)/ Mohammad Javad Khalasi/ Medi Darini/ Amir Salar Davoodi/ Farzin Rezaii Roshan/ Sina Salek/ Sajjad Shokri/ Milad Shahdi/ Asghar Shiri/ Khosro Sadeqi Broojeni/ Koroosh Abbasi/ Esmail Abdi/ Qasem Abdi/ Mahmood Ali Naqi/ Abolfazl Ghasali/ Mohammad Ghafari/ Ahmad Farsi/ Hasan Fathi/ Mohsen Qorbani/ Mohsen Qanbari/ Maysam Golshani/ Javad Lari/ Nasrollah Lashani/ Amin Laqaii/ Behnam Mahjoobi/ Amid Mohammadi/ Hossein Mahmoodi/ Abdolrasool Mortazavi/ Seyyed Abolhasan Montazer/ Sina Monirzad/ Amir Hossein Mir Khalili/ Ahmad Naderi/ Rahim Noroozi/ Ramezan Hemati