Iranian rape inc.

The reality of the Iranian uprisings is still being written but this piece in the Nation is pretty good.

What ordinary Iranians suffered is painfully recounted by an 18 year old man:

“I was kept in a van till evening that day and then transferred to a solitary cell where I was kept for two days,” he said. “Then I was repeatedly interrogated, beaten and hung from a ceiling. They call it chicken kebab. They tie your hands and feet together and hang you from the ceiling, turning you around and beating you with cables.

“They gave us warm water to drink and one meal a day. Repeated smacking was a regular punishment. In interrogations, they kept on asking if I was instructed from abroad. I believed I was going to be sent from the detention centre to prison. But they sent me to where they called Roughnecks’ Room. There were some other youths of my age in there. I asked a guard why I am not sent to prison and the reply was: ‘You have to be our guest for a while.’

“I refused to confess during interrogations. They said: ‘Ask your friends what we’ll do to you if you don’t co-operate.’ Others in the room were also arrested on 15 June. I was tempted to confess at this point but I didn’t. On the third and fourth day, they beat me up again. They insisted we were instructed from abroad. I kept on saying we were only protesting for our votes.

“It was on Saturday or Sunday that they raped me for the first time. There were three or four huge guys we had not seen before. They came to me and tore my clothes. I tried to resist but two of them laid me on the floor and the third did it. It was done in front of four other detainees.

“My cell mates, especially the older one, tried to console me. They said nobody loses his dignity through such an act. They did it to two other cell mates in the next days. Then it became a routine. We were so weak and beaten up that could not do anything.

“Then the interrogations started again. They said: ‘If you don’t come to your senses we will send you to Adel Abad [another prison in Shiraz] to the pederasts’ section so that you receive such treatment every day.’ I was so weak I did not know what to say. Then they asked for my contacts. I told them I had no contacts and I was informed about the demonstrations through the internet.

“The same routine was continued till this morning when I was released. In the last week, there was no interrogation, no beating. Only rape and solitary confinement.”