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Iran airs video from Evin prison hours after fire, tells Joe Biden to stop interfering


DUBAI: Iranian state television aired a video showing calm returning to Tehran’s Evin prison on Sunday after a fire broke out there overnight, caused by unrest caused by Mahsa Aminithe death of a police officer in custody last month.
Iranian authorities said the workshop was set on fire “after an altercation between several prisoners convicted of financial theft”. Evin detained many people facing security charges, including dual Iranian nationals.
Asked about the prison fire, the President of the United States Joe Biden told reporters during a campaign trip Saturday to Portland, Oregon that the Iranian government was “very oppressive” and that he was amazed at the bravery of the Iranian protesters.
IranThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Biden intervened in state affairs by showing support for anti-government protests. The authorities responded with a brutal crackdown.
Human rights groups say at least 240 protesters have been killed in anti-government protests, including 32 minors. The HRANA news agency said more than 8,000 people were arrested in 111 cities and towns.
Among the casualties were teenage girls, whose deaths have become a cry for help for more protests across the country.
Iran, which has blamed the violence on enemies at home and abroad, denied security forces killed the protesters. State media said on Saturday at least 26 members of the security forces were killed by “rioters”.
The protests have drawn international condemnation, with the United States, Canada and several European countries imposing sanctions on Iranian officials and organizations “involved in the crackdown” Protesters”.
“On Saturday… Biden interfered in Iran’s state affairs by supporting the riots… In recent days, the US administration has tried to inflate instability in Iran with many different reasons,” foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said, ISNA reported.
Footage of Evin aired on state television showed firefighters inspecting a factory building that had been damaged by a fire. It also showed that the prisoners in their rooms appeared to be “sleeping as if calm had been restored”.
State news agency IRNA said on Saturday eight people were injured in a fire at the Evin prison. However, the semi-official Fars news agency on Sunday reported that “there are still no official figures on those injured or possible casualties”.
Video obtained by Reuters shows protesters marching through traffic towards Tehran’s Evin prison on Saturday night and early Sunday morning.
Iran’s notorious Evin prison, which houses criminals as well as political prisoners, has long been criticized by Western human rights groups and blacklisted by the US government in 2018 for “violations” serious human rights violations”.
The protests marked one of the boldest challenges to clerical rule since the 1979 revolution, with protests spreading across the country and widespread calls for collapse. Islamic Republic, even as unrest seems unlikely to topple the system.

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