Mens regimet forsøker å roe følelsene ved å løslate 140 fanger og stenge et fengsel, kommer det stadig nye rapporter om mishandling av fangene. Antall drepte ligger langt over de offisielt 20, og mange er mishandlet til døde i fengsel.
Selv konservative protesterer mot overgrep og antyder at Ahmadinejad-regimet er ute av kontroll. Eksempelvis ble sønnen til en av presidentkandidatene, Mohsen Rezai, slått ihjel i fengsel. Rezai er en tidligere kommandant for Revolusjonsgarden og etterlyst av Interpol for sin delaktighet i bombingen av israelske mål i Buenos Aires.
The anger has spread from opposition supporters into Iran’s hard-line camp in part because of the case of Mohsen Ruholamini, the son of an adviser to the conservative presidential candidate Mohsen Rezai, who died in prison after a severe beating. A bitter political dispute among conservatives over Mr. Ahmadinejad’s cabinet decisions may also have helped fuel the issue.
Man ser Ahmadinejads egenrådighet og trass overfor Den øverste leder, i forbindelse med utnevnelsen av første visepresident, som tegn på den samme ukontrollerbarhet.
Uansett hva regimet gjør så svekker det sin stilling: Det vil score poeng ved å løslate opposisjonelle fra fangenskap, men de løslatte forteller om brutaliteten og det gjør folk enda sintere.
Some prisoners say they watched fellow detainees being beaten to death by guards in overcrowded, stinking holding pens. Others say they had their fingernails ripped off or were forced to lick filthy toilet bowls.
The accounts of prison abuse in Iran’s postelection crackdown — relayed by relatives and on opposition Web sites — have set off growing outrage among Iranians, including some prominent conservatives. More bruised corpses have been returned to families in recent days, and some hospital officials have told human rights workers that they have seen evidence that well over 100 protesters have died since the vote.
One young man posted an account on Tuesday of his ordeal at the Kahrizak camp, which was ordered closed on Monday by Ayatollah Khamenei.
«We were all standing so close to each other that no one could move,» he wrote in a narrative posted online. «The plainclothes guards came into the room and broke all the light bulbs, and in the pitch dark started beating us, whoever they could.» By morning, at least four detainees were dead, he added.
In another account posted online, a former detainee describes being made to lie facedown on the floor of a police station bathroom, where an officer would step on his neck and force him to lick the toilet bowl as the officer cursed reformist politicians.
A woman described having her hair pulled as interrogators demanded that she confess to having sex with political figures. When she was finally released, she was forced — like many others — to sign a paper saying she had never been mistreated.
Det er oppriktig frykt blant hardlinere for at Ahmadinejad har overtatt makten over voldsapparatet og at det nå er Revolusjonsgarden og Basji som styrer.
Prestene er vant til at de har makten. Nå opplever de at deres sønner og døtre slås ihjel i fengsel. Det er en sjokkerende erkjennelse.
«Those who have turned this society into a police state and have ordered the use of force have to be held accountable,» said Hamid-Reza Katouzian, a hard-line member of Parliament. «The police and the Ministry of Intelligence have told us that they are on the sidelines, and we do not know who is responsible or accountable.»
Mr. Katouzian is a close friend of Mr. Ruholamini’s family, and his comments appeared to reflect personal outrage over that case. But his remarks also echoed a broader, longstanding concern about the Revolutionary Guards and the Basij militia taking over law enforcement functions and acting beyond the knowledge of legislators.
Det er derfor ikke bare reformist-klerker som opplater sin munn mot Ahmadinejad. Reaksjonen går langt videre. Mullaher frykter at hele den islamske republikken kan ryke.
Senior clerics have also weighed in, warning that tolerating such injustices could endanger Iran’s theocracy.
«The shameful recent events have distressed everyone and been a source of worry for all those who love their country and the Islamic republic,» said Grand Ayatollah Abdul-Karim Mousavi Ardebili, adding a plea for the government to release detainees.
Myndighetene sier at de har arrestert 2.500 og at det nå bare er er en håndfull – 150 tilbake, som har begått alvorlige ting. Ingen tror dem.
One human rights group, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, said it spoke to doctors in three Tehran hospitals who registered the bodies of 34 protesters on June 20 alone. Other doctors have provided similar accounts and have estimated a death toll of at least 150 based on corpses they saw.
Earlier this month, family members of missing demonstrators were taken to a morgue in southwest Tehran where they reported seeing «hundreds of corpses» and were not allowed to retrieve bodies unless they certified that the deaths were of natural causes, according to accounts relayed on Web sites and to human rights workers.
Dette minner om en Tienanmen-effekt: Myndighetene lyver og folk tror til slutt ikke ett ord av hva de sier.