Dozens of Iranians have sheared their hair in support of political prisoners held at a penitentiary in Tehran, who say guards beat them and shaved their heads last week.
Section 350 of Evin prison, located in northwest Tehran, is infamous in Iran. It’s the wing where most of the country’s political prisoners are held. Last Thursday, the opposition website Kalameh published a report claiming that several of them had been beaten
by guards earlier in the day. According to their sources, this took place during a search carried out by about a hundred guards wearing riot gear, who were looking for mobile phones and computers. About 30 prisoners were reportedly injured and transferred to hospital.
According to Kalameh, the detainees told family members about this violence during phone calls
and visits to the prison. Several of the prisoners appeared for the visits with shaved heads, as in the photograph below. They claimed they were beaten and forcefully shaved by the guards. About 30 prisoners were then reportedly put into solitary confinement.
Responding to these allegations, the prison authorities stated that no prisoners had been mistreated. The justice ministry said the “routine” search was “met with resistance” from prisoners, and that or two of them, at most, were slightly injured.
On Tuesday, family members of prisoners held in Section 350 gathered for a protest in front of the office of Hassan Rohani, Iran’s president. They demanded the launch of an investigation. At least three protesters were arrested.