Iranian authorities have rearrested university student Shahriar Shams and transferred him to Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, as students across the country continued to defy a brutal crackdown by security forces on anti-government protests.
According to IranWire sources, security officers early on November 5 stormed Shams’ residence without a valid arrest warrant, and leveled insults against his mother and other members of the family.
Shams, a student at Tehran Azad University, was transferred to ward 209 of the notoriously brutal Evin prison, known for housing political prisoners.
He announced he would go on a hunger strike.
Shams was arrested at the beginning of the nationwide protest movement sparked by the September 16 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of morality police, before being released on bail.
Previously, the Tehran Revolutionary Court had sentenced him to six years in prison for his participation in demonstrations. That sentence was reduced on appeal.
Young men and women, including university students, have been at the forefront of the ongoing protest movement triggered by the September 16 death of the 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of morality police.
Despite a brutal crackdown by the authorities on universities and other higher education institutions, students on November 5 defied orders to return to class and staged rallies on campuses in Tehran, Isfahan, Mashhad, Qazvin, Rasht, Babol and other cities.
Footage shows students at the Islamic Azad University of Mashhad chanting "I am a free woman, you are the pervert."
"A student dies but doesn't accept humiliation," shouted students at the Gilan University of Medical Sciences in the northern city of Rasht.
In the northwestern city of Qazvin, dozens were heard chanting similar slogans at the mourning ceremony for Javad Heydari, a protester killed by the security services.
Several thousand people were arrested across Iran since the start on the mainly peaceful protest movement, detainees were subjected to torture, and more than 270 people were killed, including over 40 children. Dozens of security forces have also been killed in the unrest, according to state media.
According to the Norway-based Hengaw human rights group, the fates of dozens of arrested young people remain unknown.