French tourist jailed in Iran begins hunger strike

Benjamin Briere, a French tourist jailed in Iran has begun a hunger strike to protest against his mistreatment in jail. Briere was jailed for taking pictures in an area where photography is prohibited and asking questions about Islamic headscarves on social media.

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December 28, 2021 - 9:33 AM

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PARIS (AP) — A French tourist jailed in Iran since last year has begun a hunger strike to protest against mistreatment in prison, according to his sister and his lawyer.

Benjamin Brière, 36, was arrested in May 2020 after taking pictures in a desert area where photography is prohibited and asking questions on social media about Iran’s obligatory Islamic headscarf for women.

Brière was charged in March this year with spying and “spreading propaganda against the system.”

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