Iran: Climbers arrested for writing ‘Azadi’

Several climbers have been reportedly arrested for writing ‘Azadi (English: Freedom)’ on rocks in Iran’s Shiraz city. Melika Gharagozlou, a student activist, has been reportedly released on bail.

News Center- The protests that sparked in Iran and Rojhilat following the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini on September 16, continue.

According to the received reports, several climbers have been arrested in the city of Shiraz for writing ‘Azadi’ on rocks. The number of arrested climbers is still unknown. But according to the information we received, some of the arrested climbers are: Dena Sheibani, a snowboard instructor and graphic artist, Hesam Mousavi, a rock climbing instructor, Amir Arslan Mahdavi, a snowboard instructor, Eshraq Najafabadi, a cycling instructor, and Mohammad Khiveh, a mountaineer and hiking guide.

Student activist Melika Gharagozlou released on bail

Melika Gharagozlou, a student of journalism at Allameh Tabatabaei University, has been reportedly released on bail. The activist was arrested on October 1, 2022 for participating in anti-hijab protests. On November 16, she was transferred from Qarchak Prison to Amin Abad psychiatric hospital. On December 4, she went on a hunger strike after unidentified individuals attempted to tie her to her hospital bed and inject her with an unidentified substance.