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Iran: Student Activist's Mother Joins His Son in Hunger Strike

Source: Rooz online (translation by Negar Irani)

Majid Tavakoli, the imprisoned student of Amir Kabir University was transferred to solitary confinement and continues his hunger strike that began on the 22nd of May. In an interview with Roozonline, his mother confirmed that she too has started a hunger strike and said: "I started my hunger strike on the same day that Majid began his and I have had no food since. I will continue with my hunger strike until I hear news of my son and have the ability to hear his voice."

Ali Tavakoli, Majid's brother made the following statement regarding his brother's condition: "Majid began his hunger strike (no food or water) on the 22nd of May. We are still not aware of the exact reason for this hunger strike. Our main concern is that due to Majid's physical condition, this hunger strike can be very detrimental and dangerous to his health. As per one of Majid's friends, he is coughing violently and he refuses to drink water."

While referring to his brother's physical ailment, Ali Tavakoli added "Majid is unfortunately suffering from lung disease. The cause of this lung disease is the long periods of time he has been held in solitary confinement from the start of his arrest on the 16th of Azar until the end of Farvardin. When Majid was in ward 240 at Evin he was constantly taken to the prison's clinic and was taking medications.

Ali Tavakoli reported that Majid has stated that he will continue his hunger strike until he is transferred back to the general ward at Evin.

Ali Tavakoli pointed out that there is no specific reason for Majid's transfer to solitary confinement and said: "As far as I know and based on the information given to us, Majid is supposed to stay in solitary confinement for at least 20 days."

Majid Tavakoli's mother informed Roozonline "Many people have contacted us at home. Their calls of support have given me strength and raised my spirit. I am happy that my Majid is not alone. Even though my Majid is in jail, I am nevertheless happy to see that so many of my children, brothers and sisters of Majid are free and able to continue his cause."

Majid's mother continued "I only listen to Majid's voice. It gives me strength and raises my spirits to listen to him laugh like he always does and to hear him say, "Mother don't worry, I will come back home one of these days." I listen to Majid's voice because it calms me down and heals my wounds."
Mrs Tavakoli also said: "I began my hunger strike on the same day that Majid started his and have not eaten anything since then. I will continue my hunger strike until I hear news of my son and have the ability to hear his voice."

Majid Tavakoli's transfer to solitary confinement took place after Tehran's prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi's presence at Evin and Majid protesting to his remarks.

During this visit to Evin prison, Tehran's prosecutor, Jafari Dolatabadi first promised the prisoners unlimited leave from prison, followed by questions regarding the election fraud and their opinion regarding Ahmadinejad's government. It is during this meeting that while insisting on his previous positions, Majid Tavakoli protested to Jafari Dolatabadi's remarks.

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