'The World Is Watching': 22-Year-Old Iranian Protester Dies in Police Custody

| JAN 9, 2018 | 8:02 PM

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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!”:

According to CNN, 22-year-old Sina Ghanbari was arrested and taken to Evin Prison in Tehran, along with other detainees.

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.

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"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.

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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:

CNN reported that an additional 21 people were killed during clashes with security forces during rallies.

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