Hoda Sober and Amir Khosro Dalirsani went on a hunger strike after Haleh Sahabi was attacked by regime thugs in her father’s funeral resulting in her death.
Following is an excerpt of the statement issued by the 64 political prisoners:
The 64 political prisoners who signed the statement say: On May 22, 2011 while Hoda Saber was mourning the death of Ezzat Sahabi, the news of his daughter Haleh’s death reached ward 350.
As a sign of protest to the injustice inflicted on Sahabi’s family, Hoda Saber and Amir Khosro Dalirsani announced they will go on an unlimited hunger strike.
Thursday May 22, Hoda Sober started his hunger strike after performing his afternoon prayers.
We Testify: Hoda Saber, in addition to reading books, reading the Quran and holding history classes on a daily basis, showed a great interest in sports and joined in many sports activities held by the youth prisoners.
We Testify: That Hoda Saber was not suffering from any health problems, and medical records in Evin’s medical facility attest to that.
We Testify: On his 8th day of hunger strike, Hoda Saber, suffered from chest pain and digestive problems.
On Friday June 10, at 4:00 AM Hoda Saber was taken to Evin’s medical facility but 2 hours later, as he was in severe pain, they returned him to the ward. His screams from pain were so loud that woke his cellmates up.
He told his cellmate that in the medical facility not only did they not help him, but they beat and insulted him and threw him out of the treatment room.
We Testify: That while Hoda Saber was in excruciating pain and was shaking, he loudly said he will file a complaint against them.
At this point with the perseverance and request of his cellmates, the guard promised to take him back to the medical facility, but Hoda said he does not trust them. The guard promised to arrange for him to be taken to a hospital.
We Testify: That Hoda Saber was not able to stand on his own at this time and they took him on a stretcher out of the ward. In these last hours he had complained about his digestive system, had diarrhea and vomiting.
The statement continues with the 64 political prisoners condemning the handling of Hoda Saber’s case and saying an atrocity was answered by another atrocity. They also say this was not the first time such a thing happened, and that it won’t be the last either. The prisoners call the current ruling officials directly responsible for Hoda Saber’s death.
They extend their condolences to Saber family, especially to Farideh Saber and his dear children.
The prisoners condemn the treatment of political prisoners and say they hold the current ruling authorities directly responsible for the inhumane treatment of prisoners.
Source: Kaleme Website