Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Peyman Aref and two other activists arrested during visit to Neda’s grave

 

Iranian security forces have arrested three civil rights activists, Peyman Aref, Asal Esmaeilzadeh, and Sharar Konoon Tabrizi. The incident occurred at Neda’s grave site in the Behesht Zahra cemetery. No charges were announced for the arrests.The activists were at the cemetery to pay their respects to Neda Agha Soltan, the young Iranian woman who was shot dead in a post-election Iranian protest, and, as a result, became the symbol of the Iranian people’s pro-democracy movement.

According to reports, Peyman, Asal, and Sharar Kanoon were taken to a security police station in Shahr-e Rey, where they will most likely spend the night. But, there is no telling what will happen to them tomorrow.

Peyman Aref, a journalist and a former student activist, was just released from prison two weeks ago for completing his one-year prison sentence. However,  before he was permitted to leave, the former student activist endured 74 brutal lashings as part of his sentence, for “insulting” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The next day, the courageous activist spoke out about the abuse to an Iranian opposition website.

 

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