Over 378,300 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 547 cities across Iran, according to reports tallied daily by the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as of Thursday, August 22.
Political prisoner Atena Daemi had earlier gone on hunger strike in protest of the frequent cut-off of telephone lines in Lakan Prison of Rasht. Since, she has sent a message out of prison, announcing that she has ended her hunger strike. The message marking the end of Atena Daemi’s hunger strike was published on August 18, 2021. In this message, pointing to Ebrahim Raisi’s appointment as the regime’s head of state, Atena wrote: “The great murderers seek to punish murderers.” She also questioned the clerical regime’s judicial system and their theatrics regarding granting conditional leaves to prisoners. The full text of her message has been translated and appears below: I have been imprisoned in exile in the misogynistic Prison of Rasht for five months. Compared to the men’s prison in this province, (the women’s prison) is full of discrimination. Just like other parts of Iran, only coercion, oppression, injustice, and repression reign in this place. Both Atena's parents have contracted Covid-19 and can't make the trip to see their daughters. Furthermore Atena's lawyer is in prison serving time for taking similar cases. https://tinyurl.com/4x46jrdr