Six supporters of Iran’s presidential candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi, have reportedly been hanged after authorities warned they would tolerate no further protests over the disputed June 12th presidential elections.

Speaking after Iran’s Guardian Council upheld the election victory of incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, sources in Iransaid in a telephone interview that the hangings took place in the holy city of Mashhad on Monday.

There was no independent confirmation of the report, The Jerusalem Post reports.

The sources also reported that a prominent cleric gave a speech to opposition protesters in Teheran earlier this week in which he publicly acknowledged that the very act of speaking at the gathering could cost him his life. NEWS POST Online

Maybe those who were hanged are better off than those who were beaten to a pulp by Ahmadinejad’s goons?

Afshin, a shopkeeper from south-west Iran, alleges that one of his male friends was beaten and repeatedly raped after being arrested at an opposition rally after last month’s disputed election. You could tell straight away that he had just been released. His face was bruised all over. His teeth were broken and he could hardly open his eyes. He was not even into politics.

I called a friend of mine who is a doctor to come and see him. The doctor told me he had suffered rupture of the rectum and the doctor feared colonic bleeding. He suggested we take him to the hospital immediately.  The nurses were crying. Two of them asked what sort of beast had beaten him up like that.

He was arrested the Monday after the election. “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. “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. 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.

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.TERROR NEWS BRIEFS

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