21-Year-Old Christian Convert Who Criticized Iranian Government’s Oppression of Believers is Still Missing Three Weeks After She Was Arrested at Protest

A 21-year-old Christian convert in Iran known for highlighting the plight of persecuted believers and criticizing the country’s repressive government remains missing nearly three weeks after her arrest. 

The website Article 18 reports that Fatemeh Mohammadi, also known as Mary, was among those arrested on Jan. 12 near Azadi Square. At the time of her arrest, protests were taking place in response to the Iranian government’s admission of guilt in the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane hit by two missiles.

Mohammadi was apprehended by police and transported to an unknown location. Nearly three weeks after her arrest no one has heard from the young woman.

On the day of her arrest, she published a series of tweets in which she said the Iranian people were facing “soft repression,” exposed only to news that the regime wanted them to read.

In her tweets, she used hashtags that, when translated, mean “hard-pressed” and “suppression is the norm.”

She added that tackling soft repression is even harder than tackling the “hard repression,” accusing the government of “institutionalizing false beliefs through selective coverage of the news,” and “lies that are bigger and more repetitive make them more believable.”

The Christian activist was previously arrested three other times and spent six months in prison on charges of “membership in proselytizing groups,” “Christian activity,” and “acting against national security through propaganda against the regime.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett