Zaniar Tondro, an 18-year-old Iranian protester who lost sight in one eye after being by security forces, was allegedly filmed on a crowded boat while trying to illegally migrate to Europe to seek medical treatment.
The video, which went viral on social media, purportedly shows Tondro laying on a boat with a safety jacket on him and surrounded by other migrants.
The latest information about the boat came on March 25, when a passenger said the Greek marine police were approaching.
ما اینهمه ایرانی خارج نشین ثروتمند داریم، اینهمه هزینه برای برگزاری مراسم و راهپیمایی های متفاوت میشه، اینهمه فاند، اینهمه ادعا که ما پشتتونیم... اونوقت مبارز وطن که چشمش رو هم در این راه از دست داده باید چندین روز با این وضع روی آبها سرگردون باشه و عاقبتش نامشخص ؟! دیگه چطوری… pic.twitter.com/3nRybCjjTp— Ashkan Khatibi (@KhatibiOfficial) March 26, 2023
According to activists, security forces fired at Tondro during protests in the northwestern city of Piranshahr in November 2022. The young man lost sight in his right eye after 11 pellets hit his head.
Hundreds of Iranians have sustained severe eye injuries after being hit by pellets, tear gas cannisters, paintball bullets or other projectiles fired by security forces amid a brutal crackdown on more than six months of nationwide protests.
Human rights activists say more than 520 people have been killed and over 20,000 others have been unlawfully detained in connection with the demonstrations.
Following biased trials, the judiciary has handed down stiff sentences to protesters, including capital punishment.