Atena Daemi ends her hunger strike on day 54 after her demand is realised

Atena Daemi ends her hunger strike on day 54 after her demand is realised

Published by on June 2, 2017

On her 54th day of hunger strike, Atena Daemi’s demand is realised and the Revision Court exonerated her sisters, Ensiyeh and Haniyeh.

Children rights activist Atena Daemi started a hunger strike on 8 April 2017 to protest incrimination of her sisters and their prison sentences. She said she would not allow the regime to take advantage of family ties to put further pressure on prisoners. She vowed to continue her strike until her sisters are exonerated of the fake charges levelled against them and she won.

According to a source close to the Daemi family, Atena appeared in the court while in dire conditions. She had lost 17 kilograms and her blood pressure was 8 over 5.

The guards who had arrested Atena at her home had accused her sisters of resisting her arrest and assaulting the officers.

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