Iran’s Revolutionary Guards arrested nine people, including journalist Mohammad Nourizad on Monday, November 23, 2015 while Russian President Vladimir Putin was visiting Tehran.
In an exclusive interview with IranWire's sister website Journalism Is Not A Crime, Nourizad, an Iranian journalist, filmmaker and activist, said he was arrested in front of his house on Monday morning as he was leaving to attend a weekly protest in Tehran. He was released later that day at midnight.
Every Monday, a group of activists including Nourizad hold a protest outside of the Dena Tire and Rubber Manufacturing Company in Northern Tehran. But, this time, according to reports in the Iranian press, eight of the campaigners attending the protest this week were arrested. Nourizad was in detention at the time.
More than 24 hours later, the activists remain in custody, according to Nourizad, and three of them have gone on hunger strike, one of the activists told him.
“When I was arrested, they didn’t even tell me the charges against me,” Nourizad said during the interview. “But I assume it’s because they didn’t want any protests during President Putin’s visit to Tehran on Monday.”
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