Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Iran: Brutal Treatment of Female Protesters

From the Daily Star:
The interrogator politely apologized for grilling the prisoner about her role in the mass protests over Iran’s disputed presidential election. Then the prisoner was made to sit facing a wall in the courtyard of Iran’s Evin Prison, blindfolded, handcuffed and covered in an all-enveloping chador for four and a half hours under the blazing sun.

The ordeal of Nazy, a 29-year-old university student who worked with the campaign of defeated presidential candidate Mahdi Karroubi, gives a rare glimpse of what is happening to detained protesters. Nazy spoke to the Associated Press by telephone from Tehran after her release on the condition that only her first name be used, to protect herself and her family.

Thousands have been arrested since incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner, despite cries of fraud. The opposition claims detainees were savagely raped by their jailers and at least 69 people were killed, including some from beatings in prison.

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