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Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi released

he's a symbol of the opposition to Ahmadinejad

Soon after the release of director Jafar Panahi the mother of another prisoner in the Evin jail launches her call: "My son is neither a politician nor an artist. The world does never hear of him and no one cares about his hunger strike".
It's the case of Majid Tavakoli, a young activist who has been already arrested for three times, the last of which on 7th December after delivering a speech at university during the protests against the elections held in June.

From past 23th May the young boy has been held in isolation, from that moment he and his mother have gone on hunger strike: "I have no choice but ask the world to help us", concludes the woman. Many dissidents have been jailed after the protests against Ahmadinejad.

Iranian director Jafar Panahi, jailed in Evin since March, was released upon a 160-thousand euro bail. The news was delivered by Isna press agency and confirmed by the film-maker's wife: "He's well – she said – we are taking him to the doctor's".

The winner of the Venice Golden Lion was arrested upon the charge of directing an “antiregime” movie about the protests which had followed Ahmadinejad's re-election. Ten days ago he had started a hunger strike and – according to the Website The Green Voice of Freedom - he had described the mistreatment undergone when behind bars in a phone call with his relatives: "Agents attacked cell no. 56 in Evin, forcing me and the other prisoners to get out naked and remain in the cold for an hour and a half. On Sunday morning they led me to the interrogations room and accused me of filming the interiors of my cell, which is an absolute lie. They threatened me to transfer the whole of my family to Evin and take my daughter to the Rajaie Shahr jail", where many women reported having being raped.

The dissident should have been among the jurors of the Cannes Festival and right the Croisette issued some of the most passionated calls for his release: his co-citizen Abbas Kiarostami, a candidate to the Palme d'Or, called for his release and French actress Juliette Binoche cried at the news of his hunger strike. Her tears had become known world-wide. Again Ms. Binoche, at the moment of receiving her best actress award in worldvision, raised a poster bearing Panahi's name.

25 May 2010

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