First hand testimonials of a 21 year old iranian protester who was arrested on 18 Tir protests in Tehran and taken to Kahrizak camp

This is a quick translation of a first-hand account of an eyewitness who spent days in a detention center called Kahrizak, in the South of Tehran. As you will see, immediately after his release he put this note on a blog that he created for this. However I noticed within matter of hours after this publication the blog was hacked and instead of this note, there is a link to the security services website that is designed to identify protesters(gerdab website).[1]

[Update on the hacking issue see the new post]

Here is a link to an Iranian website that has mirrored the same note (in Persian)

http://www.peykeiran.com/Content.aspx?ID=4373

In his note he has given the names of some people who died in that detention center and this is the first time that these names are released.
In translation, I tried to keep the original structure of the report.
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I don’t know where to start. I hope you forgive my grammatical mistakes in this report that I am going to write about Irans’ Gunatanamo, Kahrizak camp. I am in a rush and I have to go soon. Now that I am writing this it is 8 minutes in the morning of Mordad 6th [July 28]. This morning me and a couple of others miraculously were rescued from death.

Now I have arrived home from the hospital and immediately I created this blog [1]

I was arrested on Tir 18th [July 8th]. I am 21 years old. Now that I am writing this I can not believe that I am free. In the 18th Tir protests, me and a friend of mine were on a motor bike and my friend was filming [the events] using his mobile phone, [suddenly ] plainclothes attacked and started beating us. A woman came to our rescue but they beat the poor woman too.
They dropped us in a minibus that was full of beaten and injured people and the minibus took us to the police station. I was so badly beaten that I did not know where I am. After that they put all of us back to the wall, me and my friend were standing together. A heavily build plainclothe [guard] came and pulled some of us out and put us in a minibus. From that moment onward I don’t have any news about my friend. They took us with tens of others to Kahrizak camp.
You can not believe this, at least in that room that we were held there were another 200 people. they were all injured and beaten by batons. You could hear people crying everywhere. I told to myself what are they going to do with us? May be tomorrow they will take us to a jail or a court or something. At least that would be better than being here.
There was no place to sit down, and there was blood everywhere on the walls.
I was thinking of my friend, he was not someone who could bear to be in such a place.
[Suddenly] some of the people [in the room] started crying and saying that one person is dead. Their voices was coming from the back of the room, but may be you can not believe this that we were all standing so close to each other that no one could move. The plainclothes guards came into the room and broke all the bulbs in the room and in the pitch dark started beating us, whomever they could. They did that for half an hour. Some went into a coma after that and may be they were dead.
After that they put a flash light into our faces and said if you make a noise we will put these batons into your a… . I could not believe that. I was thinking that this is just a nightmare.
“Sadegh”, who was apparently their superior, picked up the body of the dead person leaned it on the wall, put the flash light into the dead persons face and said:”We have the order to kill you all. you’ll be lucky if you don’t die like this mother f..r [pointing at the dead person]. Do not make any noise (he said) if you’ll be alive till tomorrow so be it, if not then …

He [Sadegh] said: “You are all “Mohareb”s [2] Do you know what “Moharabeh” means?”  In front there was 16-17 years old boy. He grabbed his neck and asked: “Tell these people what “Moharebeh” means.” “I don’t know”, the boy said. The guard started beating the boy while shouting “tell them” (what it means) . He beat the boy so much that he fainted. He [Sadegh the guard] said ” it mean Satan, it means criminal. He kept beating the boy, some people in the room protested; They also got beaten to death.

In our room at least 4 people died by the morning.

Sadegh shouted, “here there is no tooth brush and no toilet, you do your job right here!! understood?”

There was no healthy person among us [all injured], everyone had blood on their faces, or they had a black eye like me. Many with broken legs and arms. Because of the darkness in the room I could not see many of the people there. When they would open the door the light would hurt us badly.
In the morning after and other days we spent the time in the worst possible condition that I need more time to explain it all.
To prevent us dying of hunger everyday (I don’t know in the night or the morning) they would give a bag of leftover food which we would eat eagerly. You could find pieces of old bread, herbs and rice in the bag.
There was one person among us called Dr.Zareh and he was responsible to ration the food among us. I just knew him and many others by their voices. Till one day Sadegh came with some bulbs and after that he took us outside in the camp.
Wow! that was a sense of freedom for us! the blue sky and the sunlight was a new thing for all of us (oh by the way, they took us out because they wanted us to take out our dirt and feces) I am sorry that I am writing this like that, I hope when others come out of the camp they can explain better and I am sure that this camp is way worse than Guantanomo and Abu-Garib.
Anyway, based on Sadegh’s tyros, we were among the first whom they kicked out of the camp without being tried! due to the lack of space in the camp. And they threatened us if we say anything to anyone they will immediately kill us.
Immediately after my release I contacted my family using a passerby’s cell phone, and they came and picked me up. Freedom is sweet!
But remember that there are thousands of people still in Kahrizak camp in the worst possible condition.
Also I want to give the names of some who died in the camp that I have memorized their names. By the way, if those animals would take these people to a hospital they would have not been dead.
Hasan Shapuri (Student)
Reza Fatahi (Student)

Milad (no last name, he is the 16-17 years boys whom Sadegh beated him to death the first night and went to a coma after, and they took him with them but the doctor who was with us, somehow our senior, said that the boy was bleeding from his ears and mouth and unfortunately is dead)
Morteza Salahshoor
Morad Aghasi
Mohsen Entezami

Also I have the names of many of people who are still in custody in our camp and I will put their names on the same blog in the following days

God frees us from them
I can not believe where I have been 24 hours ago.
God, free all Iranians and freedom lovers as soon as possible!

P.S. I think with regards to the changes that were being made in Kahrizak, the detention center that their corrupt leader [Khameneh’ie] is supposed to close down is the same Kahrozak camp. Because many died in there.

Reza Yavari (my nickname)
Mordad 6th 1:10 AM [July 28]
Hope for the release of those who are still in Kahrizak

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Footenotes:
[1] within matter of hours after this publication the blog was hacked and instead of this note, there is a link to the security services website that is designed to identify protesters(gerdab website). Here is the link to the original post
http://kahrizak.wordpress.com/2009/07/27/%D9%81%D8%AC%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B9-%D9%88-%DA%A9%D8%B4%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AF%D9%88%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%87-%DA%A9%D9%87%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%B2%DA%A9/

[2] Mohareb: Enemy of God , and Moharebeh the act of fighting against God (I think!)

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18 Responses to First hand testimonials of a 21 year old iranian protester who was arrested on 18 Tir protests in Tehran and taken to Kahrizak camp

  1. winston says:

    horrifying if this is true!

  2. iranrevolution says:

    His latest post says that he himself had deleted his post for fear of being apprehended again. Apparantly some friends of the family had come to visit him at 3 a.m. The original post is now restored.

  3. […] mehrere Tage ins berüchtigte Kahrizak Camp im Süden Teherans verschleppt worden war, schildert im nachfolgenden Bericht seine schrecklichen Erlebnisse […]

  4. […] quick update on Kahrizak post The author of the report has updated his blog, he says that he erased the blog himself (because he got scared that he might […]

  5. Betty Porter says:

    Somebody has got to stop this and start puting out the name of people in charge of these prisons and expose them left and right! Put there pictures on flyers and poster all over Iran! For all to see what they do.Do this secretly so not to get caught!Maybe they will feel more transparent in their actions.I know this is hard and i cannot really know the pain you all are suffering.I wish i could just wave a magic wand and make it all better for you.I say Think on your next moves make them count.God Bless you ppl.

  6. Monique says:

    I don’t know what to say… Lately, the only thing I can think about is the brave Iranian people and their suffering. They only want what is their right…FREEDOM. The absolute cruelty, hypocrisy, sadism, thirst for power and money of this regime is shocking, unbelievable!!

    We walk around free, not understanding our luck, while all this beautiful youth, proud Persians, are being killed and tortured for their simple right to disagree.
    To masquerade all this cruelty under the label of religion is another lie, a bad joke. May God protect and help them find their freedom soon and get rid of all the criminals who hide themselves under the pseudo tittles of mullahs.

  7. julie Anderson says:

    need to keep a record of the actions of the montoring gedab site One day they will be up for trial in the Hague
    for crimes against humanity…

  8. […] (also read follow-up) of an alleged eye-witness story from one of the released prisoners. First hand testimonials of a 21 year old iranian protester who was arrested on 18 Tir protests in Te… I am still surprised why Khamenei developped a sudden compassion for the people in one specific […]

  9. JoeM says:

    One should start filming the entrances everyday for 24 hours. Do this for two weeks and then you will see those that show up daily. Zoom in on those pictures as they are the workers at the prison. Then post them everywhere and ask anyone to identify these people. The protestors will see the faces of those that beat them and then they will have their own revenge. When these people are identified and addresses published, they will not feel safe.

    • loln says:

      good idea. there are already some pictures of the plainclothes circulating on the web and some have been identified

    • Of course it is a good idea but people can’t do that. There are officals watching outside and if they see anyone with camera, they will take them in. remember Zahra Kazemi?

      I haven’nt been in Kahrizak but I know how things work in Evin and around it. you can’t go in front of Evin and take pictures. There are security forces around prison watching every move.

  10. […] Here is a testimony from one of the survivors that has been published on several blogs: They took us with tens of others to Kahrizak camp. At least in that room that I were held there were another 200 people, all were injured beaten by batons. you could hear people crying everywhere….the plaincloth guards came into room…beat whom they could. they did for half an hour…after that they put a flash light in our faces and say if you make a noise with put these batons in your asses….to prevent us dying of hunger, everyday they give us a bag of leftover food. […]

  11. […] Here is a testimony from one of the survivors that has been published on several blogs: They took us with tens of others to Kahrizak camp. At least in that room that I were held there were another 200 people, all were injured beaten by batons. you could hear people crying everywhere….the plaincloth guards came into room…beat whom they could. they did for half an hour…after that they put a flash light in our faces and say if you make a noise with put these batons in your asses….to prevent us dying of hunger, everyday they give us a bag of leftover food. […]

  12. Ruzbeh says:

    The people of Iran have endured enough. They have sought a free and democratic society for over 100 years and they do not deserve this. Betty Porter comments that we should find out who these people are who run these prisons and punish them. Unfortunately it is not one or two or even 50 people – it’s the whole system!

    The system is corrupt. The system is discriminatory. Indeed, the system favours those who are violent, oppressive and dictatorial. It is the system that is evil – for lack of a better word – and the people of Iran are starting to realize this. The Lion is awakening in Iran and when it finally does it will be the system and those who have supported it for 30 years that will crumble.

    This regime is at its end whether it likes it or not. It lost its legitimacy with Khomeini and it will end with Khamenei.

    Ba Dorood.

    Payande Iran.

  13. […] Indro ny fijoroana vavolombelona nataon'ny sisa velona izay navoaka tamin'ny bilaogy isan-karazany: Nentina tany amin'ny fonja Kharizak aho niaraka tamin'ny olona am-polony maro hafa. Tao anatin'ilay efitrano, tao amin'ilay nanidiana ahy, dia nisy olona roanjato hafa, ary naratra avokoa izy rehetra, novelezina tamin'ny hazo. Feon'olona mitomany no henonao any rehetra any… Niditra ny mpiambina iray nanao akanjo sivily… Vonoiny eo izay azony vonoina. Ataony eo izany mandritra ny antsasak'adiny… Aorian'izay dia tsiloviny amin'ny jiro ny tarehanay sady miteny hoe izy: raha mitabataba eo ianareo dia darohanay amin'ity hazo ity ny fitombenanareo… Mba tsy hahafaty mosary aany dia omeny ambin-tsakafo amin'ny kitapo izahay. […]

  14. […] Oto wypowiedź from jednej z takich osób, opublikowana na kilku blogach: Zabrali nas, i dziesiątki innych, do Kahrizak. Oprócz mnie w jednym pokoju było jeszcze ze 200 innych osób, rannych, pobitych pałkami. Wszędzie słychac było płacz…do pokoju weszli strażnicy…przez pół godziny bili kogo popadnie…później zaczęli świecic nam latarkami po twarzach ostrzegając, że jak ktokolwiek nawet piśnie, to wsadzą mu te pałki w d…żebyśmy nie poumierali im z głodu każdego dnia rzucali nam torbę z odpadkami.. […]

  15. tunde says:

    it was a brutal experience but i pray GOd touch their heart to see d will of god for them.

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