Friday 29 April 2011

Akbar Amini Transferred to Evin’s Ward 350

Kaleme: Akbar Amini, the heroic protester who climbed atop of a crane holding a poster of Green Movement martyrs during demonstrations on February 14th, 2011, was transferred from Ward 209 to Ward 350 at Evin prison after almost two months in jail.

According to Kaleme, his new cell mates stated that on the day of the demonstration, Akbar had also held a picture of himself so that if in the event that security forces threw him off the crane, people would still be able to identify him. His cell mates say that he still defends the Green Movement and opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi [who are still under house arrest] with admirably high spirits. After enduring a lot of pressure, including losing his brother Hossein, his cell mates say he still does not regret his actions to encourage people to attend the demonstrations.

The February 14th [25 Bahman] demonstrations had been announced by Mousavi and Karroubi in a call to stand in solidarity with the people of Egypt and Tunisia.

On the morning of February 14th, a large number of internet users witnessed Akbar’s heroic display of bravery as the introduction to an eventful day. Akbar Amini, wearing symbolic green ribbons and holding a large poster of Green Movement martyrs, stood on top of the crane, and while inviting people to participate in the rally, he commemorated and honored the memory of the Green Movement martyrs.

This young green protester soon became the hero of the February 14th protests. That day, Amini was identified by security forces and arrested.

Summary Translation by Roya Irani, Persian2English

Additionally, according to the Center to Defend Familes of those Slain and Detained in Iran, last month, Akbar’s brother Hossein Amini, age 27-28, was confirmed dead under strange circumstances citing a “heart attack” by prison authorities at Evin prison, although he had no history of any physical health conditions or diseases.

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