Iranian democrat beaten, on hunger strike

I’ve written about Iranian democratic activist Behrouz Javid Tehrani several times since meeting him in Tehran five years ago. He was first arrested during the Iranian student uprising of 1999 and has been in and out of jail ever since – always because of his protests against Iran’s illiberal theocracy and his efforts to bring a his country a greater measure of freedom. Tehrani is still in jail, in Section One of the Gohardasht Prison. A family member who met with him last week says that he has been on a hunger strike for more than 16 days and his been blindfolded, handcuffed, and beaten with batons.

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