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#SaveArash: Hunger strike by Iran activist tops Twitter trending

A jailed Iranian activist on hunger strike in protest at the detention of his writer wife has taken social media by storm.

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#SaveArash: Hunger strike by Iran activist tops Twitter trending

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A jailed Iranian activist on hunger strike in protest at the detention of his writer wife has taken social media by storm.

The hashtag #SaveArash topped Twitter trending on Friday as fellow Iranians and others showed solidarity with Arash Sadeghi.

He is said to be in a ‘very serious’ condition after almost 70 days without food.

The activist is serving a 19 year sentence for charges including “gathering and colluding with intent to harm national security”.



His wife, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, is serving a six-year jail term, notably for “insulting Islamic sanctities” after writing an unpublished book about a young woman enraged by stoning who burns a copy of the Koran.