An Iranian protester who was arrested for taking part in November 2019’s nationwide protests in Tehran’s Malard County, was not allowed to attend his father’s funeral.
Reza Bijvand was detained on December 13 and was transferred to the Greater Tehran Prison after the end of his interrogation sessions.
According to the Human Rights Activists News Agency, Bijvand is still in prison after 40 days because his family cannot afford bail. The young man worked as a porter before his arrest.
He was detained in his home by nine intelligence agents in Malard. Reports indicate that he was identified as having taken part in protests after security institutions studied security camera footage a few days after protests.
The 29 year old political prisoner has been charged with “assembly and collusion” by taking part in protests.
His father, a taxi driver, passed away in a car accident on January 29.
Reza Bijvand made written and oral requests asking prison officials to allow him to attend his father’s funeral while under prison surveillance. Prison officials paid no heed to his many requests.
An informed source said that due to the fact that Reza was very distraught from his father’s untimely death, his cellmates wrote a request to the prison’s judicial authority to allow him to attend his father’s funeral. But this request was also denied.
The Iranian regime brutally cracked down on nationwide protests that erupted on November 16 after the regime tripled the price of gasoline. At least 1,500 protesters were killed, around 4,000 were wounded while 12,000 were detained. Many of the detainees are under torture and several have died in prison.