Iran’s Dissidents Are On A Hunger Strike Following The Execution Of A Prisoner With A Mental Illness, Citing A “Wave Of Anger”

After the 23-year-old demonstrator Mohammad Ghobadlou passed away, Iranian dissidents declared a hunger strike to stop the killing of activists.

Iran's Dissidents Are On A Hunger Strike Following The Execution Of A Prisoner With A Mental Illness, Citing A

Iranian-American journalist and activist Masih Alinejad declared on social media site X, “This is an act of solidarity with 61 female political prisoners in Iran.”

“Miles away from Iran—this is a very emotional experience,” Alinejad wrote. “I feel close to my fellow Iranian women who are leading the campaign against unjust executions in my home country.”

“These brave women have been tortured and endured sexual harassment in prison, yet they still choose to send a message to the rest of the world: We are united against this murderous regime,” she added.

On Thursday, dozens of women at Tehran’s Evin Prison declared they would go on a hunger strike in protest of the killings, demanding an end to them.

Following the announcement of the strike by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi, it garnered international support from journalists, attorneys, ex-detainees, artists, and other Iranian diaspora groups, according to Radio Free Europe.

Politicians incarcerated in Iran stated of their demonstrations, “The news of the execution of Iranian youth has sparked a wave of anger and protest in society,” ABC News reported.

Protesters said that the action is intended to “keep the names of the executed alive” and expressed hope that it will spare the hundreds of people who are slated to be executed in jails around the nation.

Ghobadlou was detained by authorities on suspicion of killing a police officer during the protests in 2022. In the summer of 2023, the Iranian Supreme Court overturned Ghobadlou’s death sentence due to bipolar disease and ordered a retrial that never took place. Barron said that Ghobadlou had been under mental observation since he was 15 years old and that he had reportedly stopped taking his medicine before the tragedy.

Ghobadlou’s attorney, Amir Raisian, stated on X that he was only made aware of his client’s execution the evening before it took place—a mere twelve hours’ warning. He called the execution a “murder” and insisted that the government had “no legal basis” for it. He delivered a scathing indictment of the execution.

Iran has put to death at least seven additional demonstrators for offenses allegedly connected to the 2022 protests, which erupted in retaliation for the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, who appeared to have broken the country’s headscarf restrictions and was killed by police brutality.

Iran executed almost 700 people last year, according to certain foreign-based Iranian human rights organizations, and at least 11 more were allegedly in “imminent risk” of being executed, as reported by Human Rights Watch. As Amini was, the researchers observed, the majority of “at risk” inmates are of Kurdish origin.

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