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Iran crackdown continues

Issue No. 2159

The Iranian authorities have continued their repression of the popular movement that burst onto the streets following disputed presidential elections.

Incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner over reformist candidate Mir Hussein Mousavi.

The pro-government thugs in the Basij militia have attacked neighbourhoods that have continued night-time rooftop protests.

Authorities have also seized satellite dishes in an attempt to cut communications with the outside world.

Meanwhile reports are emerging of the brutal treatment of those arrested during the mass protests in recent weeks.

Many are crammed in the notorious Evin prison in Tehran.

One eyewitness, who claims he was seized by accident, told of brutal beatings and torture following arrest. He said that regular policemen eventually rescued him and other detainees.

Meanwhile the bodies of seven young men were discovered on the edge of the capital. According to doctors, all the men had been shot in the head.

But despite the repression, acts of resistance have continued.

Thousands of people have been laying flowers on the graves of those who were killed during the protests.

Students have called for a day of protests on Thursday of this week to commemorate the tenth anniversary of a previous crackdown.

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Tue 7 Jul 2009, 18:50 BST
Issue No. 2159
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