June 25th, 2009
09:46 AM ET

In Iran, family members wait and worry outside Evin Prison

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Ramin Mostaghim
The Los Angeles Times

The mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters wait.

They sip tea, amble around, look at their watches and stare at the posted lists of names, about 700 or 800 of them.

They arrived early outside Evin Prison, the notorious complex of buildings in northern Tehran where most of the Iranians arrested in the recent unrest have been locked up.

By 8 a.m., dozens have gathered, standing around the entrance or sitting on brown plastic chairs after wiping away the dew.

They hold pay vouchers or shop licenses to use as collateral to bail out family members and friends. Many were called late the previous night and told to come here.

But no one is there to tell them where to go or what to do.

One man approaches the gate of a shuttered general courthouse near the prison entrance.

A kindly soldier approaches. "My dear father," he says. "You must go to the Revolutionary Court on Moallem Street. They will say where and when your child will be released."

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  1. Hamid

    supportiran is very right, Government of Iran is behind all the current bombing in Iraq.This goverment has no shame in international community and inside Iran by creating fear. Everyday hundreds of young Iranian in front women are beaten,turtured,and jailed.

    June 25, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  2. khosro

    I agree with Roya's comment. Remembering the time the cut Farrokhzad's (Irania singer and activist in Germany}tongue from his throat. This is exactly the way government goes to people's house and kills them quietly. We have heard that many times.

    June 25, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  3. roya

    Last night Basijes went to our neighbor's house and cut the tongue out of the neighbor's son only because he said death to Khamenei on the roof top. We cannot the chaos on the street last night.
    Mr. Obama keep being fried with this regime. Shame shame

    June 25, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  4. Teresa, OH

    @supportIran: it's politics. great observation and thx for pointing that out.

    700-800 arrested and only 40 or so standing outside Evin. A lot of scared people in Iran, isn't there? By the looks of things, Iranians searching for family members are fortunate to have been called and informed where their family member is.

    A lot of scared people in Iran, isn't there?

    June 25, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  5. SupportIran2009

    Government of Iran is behind all the current bombings in Iraq..trying to force US to back down. Isn’t it interesting that the bombings increases with the US pressure on Iran.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  6. Gigi Evans...... Ga

    This is a sad situation. The people that are in charge obviously do not care about how these people are suffering emotionally. It is inhumane for this kind of treatment. From their on going wars and political upheavals, I wonder just when Iran will become a nation of peace. This very situation as it stands could become voilatle.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  7. Andy

    Don’t give up; don’t let them beat you into submission. If you do, it will be like this forever. This is not what you want for you or your children. Enough of this "ahmagin-nutjob" and the rest of them. Iran went back centuries when the Islamic regime took over.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  8. Mimi Lenox

    Tragic. Heart-breaking.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  9. Mari

    So very sad. Freedom isn't free, and the fight for freedom costs dearly.

    Still praying for and supporting the people of Iran.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  10. Cindy

    It's sad that these people have no clue where their families are being held and what's being done to them. They probably won't have a clue or hear anything for a while if ever.


    June 25, 2009 at 10:57 am |

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