Mother held in Iran to start hunger strike

The Southland Times - - World -

A British-Ira­nian mother held in Tehran plans to go on hunger strike to­day in protest at be­ing de­nied med­i­cal care while in prison. Nazanin Zaghari-Rat­cliffe says that she will refuse food for three days de­spite fears that the Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties will cut off vis­its from her four-year-old daugh­ter. She will con­sider ex­tend­ing the protest if her de­mands to see a doc­tor are not met. Richard Rat­cliffe said his wife felt a ‘‘strong sense of trep­i­da­tion’’ be­fore the hunger strike. He added: ‘‘The ques­tion is whether she’ll just strike for the three days she an­nounced or whether she’ll de­cide to go on.’’

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