Message of political prisoner on hunger strike

Message of political prisoner on hunger strike

Published by on March 14, 2018

On the forty-sixth day of his hunger strike and after starting a dry hunger strike, Soheil Arabi has sent the following message out of prison:

Place your NoRuz spread (Persian New Year tradition of Haft-Seen) in front of prison gates.

It’s dry and weird in the torture chamber, dying with suffering from depression, after an unsuccessful strike.

I prefer the option of death to surrendering to the oppressors.

Breaking my strike means that I, Arash, Golrokh and Atena (three other fellow political prisoners), should continue to endure the torture that is getting worse every day.

A true activist, even inside the prison, will never stay silenced in the face of oppression against himself and or against people who sacrificed for others. Now that they torture my friends, I scream with all my heart, and I call on all the supporters of the political prisoners not to abandon me and my fellows in this path.

Place your NoRuz spreads in front of prisons and, by holding the photos of political prisoners, firstly, send a messages to your heroes that they are not left alone, and secondly, warn the torturers that they are not allowed to torment us as they wish.
The mourners have no chance for ‘Eid’ (the persian New Year celebration). 

O Eid turn back from Iran since we have got no Eid in Iran
When the parrot in a cage says Happy Eid
One knows it is a mere imitation and not real
There might die in the cell an innocent prisoner
But, the criminal oppressor will never last forever

After three days of saying no to water, food, and even serum (liquid feed), you feel like you are a desert. A desert that gets dryer by any moment. Every moment you feel dryer. No! No! Drops of water cannot save me from drying. I need a flood!

A flood that topples this apparatus of oppression, which has enchained the highbrows and devotees of the deprived, from Mina Zarrin to Athena Daemi, who spent the best days of their youth in prisons of the ‘Islamic’ regime; and also Mohammad Nazari; Ali Moezi; Arash Sadeghi to Alireza Tavakoli.

That was all to reach a point today that neither the ‘reformers’ nor the ‘fundamentalists’ were sympathetic to us, and we should put a happy ending to this sad and bitter story as soon as possible.

The winter will be ended.

Soheil Arabi
Greater Tehran Prison


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