Tuesday, February 20

Iranian Dissident Released After Three Months in Prison

Iranian authorities have released Majid Tavakoli, one of the country’s most well-known dissidents, from prison three months after his arrest during the protests shaking Iran for several weeks.

He was released under conditions, his brother said on Twitter

“We are delighted with this news, but our happiness will not be complete until all detainees who are now in prison are released,” Mohsen Tavakoli, with a photo of his brother holding a bouquet at the exit of prison.

Dissident Majid Tavakoli was detained shortly after the start of anti-regime demonstrations over the death of Mahsa Amini. The 22-year-old Kurdish woman died after being arrested in Tehran by the vice squad, who accused her of violating the strict dress code that requires women to wear the veil in public.

Several well-known figures were detained during the protests to pressure the population to end the protests. In the end, at least 14,000 people were arrested. Majid Tavakoli is one of those famous figures. He enjoys a lot of respect among activists. For the past 15 years, he has been in and out of prison after participating in demonstrations in his fight against the regime in Iran.

His release comes after Iranian authorities released another dissident at the end of November, Hossein Ronaghi, who was arrested on September 24 and started a two-month hunger strike.

The arrests continue to increase. For example, on Saturday, the well-known actress and advocate of women’s rights, Taraneh Alidoosti, was arrested.

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