Jailed Journo Close To Death As Dad Suffers Heart Attack

The jailed Iranian journalist, whose father suffered a heart attack in front of the prison where he is being kept, is fighting for his life and is now close to death after a hunger strike.

Hossein Ronaghi was arrested in late September amid the wave of anti-regime protests sweeping the country and has been held in the capital Tehran’s notorious Evin jail.

Now his father Ahmad has also been hospitalised following his own collapse outside the prison where he had been camped out with his wife, Hossein’s mother.

Photo shows the parents of Hossein Ronaghi, an Iranian political dissident, waiting at a hospital, undated photo. Hossein Ronaghi was arrested along with his lawyers by security agents in front of the Evin Prosecutor’s Office and transferred to Evin prison in Tehran, Iran, on Sept. 24, 2022, where he was allegedly tortured and both of his legs broken. (Newsflash)

Mustafa Tajzadeh, the imprisoned political activist who has reportedly seen the journalist told his wife in a telephone call that he is rapidly deteriorating.

The wife, Fakhri Mohtashmi, then tweeted over the weekend that “they should act before it’s too late” to save Hossein Ronaghi as after 50 days of hunger strike, he had now moved to a dry hunger strike, where he will also refuse to drink in protest at his detention.

Two other jailed activists, Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof, passed on the additional news that doctors said the journalist was “in danger of cardiac arrest at any moment”.

Many people, including others who had been imprisoned, urged the journalist to give up the hunger strike.

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On Sunday night, a group of people gathered in front of the hospital shouting his name, with other small protests taking place in other countries including one group demanding his release in Berlin.

Hossein’s family say the imprisoned journalist’s dad had been admitted to the special care unit of Taleghani Hospital in Tehran.

Ronaghi’s parents, named – Ahmad and his mother Zuleikha Mousavi – had kept a permanent vigil outside the jail.

Hasan Ronagi – Hossein’s brother – believes that regardless of what protests are made the regime intent to kill Hossein and had no interest in him surviving.

The dad Ahmad’s heart attack and hospitalisation occurred a day after reports about the transfer of his son Hossein from Evin prison to Taleghani Hospital’s emergency room on 4th November.

Hossein Ronaghi, an Iranian blogger and political dissident, poses in an undated photo. He was arrested along with his lawyers by security agents in front of the Evin Prosecutor’s Office and transferred to Evin prison in Tehran, Iran, on Sept. 24, 2022, where he was allegedly tortured and both of his legs broken. (@hosseinronaghi/Newsflash)

Journalist Massoud Kazemi wrote: “On the evening of Friday, 4th November, security officers took Hossein Ronaghi from prison to the emergency department of Taleghani Hospital, and after a few hours, he was taken out of the hospital in a wheelchair.”

Since his arrest, Hossein Ronaghi has been on a hunger strike, and independent reports indicate that Iranian security forces broke his legs and one of his hands after his arrest.

Iranian forces have been cracking down on waves of civil disorder following the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, from Saqqez, Kurdistan Province, who was on a visit to Tehran when she was arrested by morality police, accused of violating hijab rules on 13th September.

She was allegedly beaten while in custody and spent the following days in a coma in the hospital before succumbing in the ICU on 16th September.

The clinic where she was treated said in a now-deleted social media post that she had been admitted brain-dead.

Alleged medical scans of her skull leaked by hackers showed that she had suffered bone fractures, haemorrhages, and brain oedema.

Independent Iranian media have claimed that Mahsa’s medical records showing her history of heart disease were faked by the Iranian government.

Numbers differ regarding how many people have been killed since the protests began.

The ongoing protests have so far claimed at least 326 lives, including 43 children, and injured at least 1,160, according to independent estimates.

It is also understood that over 14,000 people have so far been arrested.

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