Throughout days of protests in Iran over government corruption and poor living standards, over 450 demonstrators were arrested.
In light of the Iranian people's quest for freedom, President Donald Trump repeatedly offered his support and warned the nation's government that “the world is watching!”:
Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching! #IranProtests
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2017
On Monday, a report that ran on state-run media announced that Ghanbari died while in police custody. The report claimed that he killed himself in prison, but some are doubtful of the circumstances of his death.
"The authorities claim he [killed himself] but there is no credibility to their claims without an independent and fair investigation,” Hadi Ghaemi, the executive director of the Centre for Human Rights in Iran, told The Guardian.
He added: “Iranian people have fresh memories of 2009 detainees being raped and tortured systematically in detention centres such as Kahrizak and Evin. There are vocal calls in Iran to prevent the repeat of such atrocities.”
Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh revealed to the Guardian she was told by a prisoner in Evin that two other detainees have died, although their identities have not been released.
Kristyan Benedict, a crisis response manager for Amnesty International UK, tweeted that Ghanbari was in the “quarantine” section of the prison and shared a statement from the company:
Amnesty: “Many relatives of the hundreds of people detained have reported that they have been unable to access information about their loved ones, and that they have faced intimidation and threats by the authorities even for making enquiries.” #pt
— kristyan benedict (@KreaseChan) January 9, 2018
CNN reported that an additional 21 people were killed during clashes with security forces during rallies.
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