Another 43 Gonabadi Dervishes have been arrested in Tehran, according to the Majzooban-e Noor website. The report indicates that the group was planning to stage a gathering in front of the Tehran Prosecutor’s office.
Gonabadi Dervishes have gathered in Tehran on a number of occasions to protest the treatment of jailed Gonabadi dervishes. This time they were reportedly planning to sit in protest with closed eyes and hands to express their solidarity with their peers in jail.
Majzooban-e Noor writes that in protest against the treatment of their peers by the judiciary, the dervishes “are planning to gather with closed eyes and hands in front of the prosecutor’s office and ask for the arrest of all the dervishes of their campaign by the judiciary.”
The protest was set for 11 AM but all the streets leading to the prosecutor’s office were blocked by security cars.
Currently, nine of the jailed dervishes are on a hunger strike to protest their treatment, and many of them are said to be suffering a severe decline in health.