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Tourist Imprisoned in Iran Begins Hunger Strike After Denied Christmas Call With Family

In May 2020, Benjamin Brière was arrested after taking photos in a desert area where photography is banned and asking questions on social media regarding Iran’s mandatory Islamic headscarf for women.
Tourist Imprisoned in Iran Begins Hunger Strike After Denied Christmas Call With Family
In the above photo, tourists are guided as they visit Iran’s National Museum in the capital of Tehran on October 2, 2019.

Newsweek

Benjamin Brière, a French tourist imprisoned in Iran, started a hunger strike on Saturday after he was denied a phone call with his family on Christmas Day, according to his sister and lawyer.

Brière, 36, claims he has been experiencing mistreatment in prison, and after “one more mistreatment” after the refusal of the phone call with his family, he began the hunger strike, his sister Blandine Brière told the Associated Press.

Blandine Brière said that her brother wants to “protest…and therefore put his health at risk to move things forward.”

“At the moment, we don’t see any move, we have no hope of change, of freedom,” she was quoted by the AP.

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