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Witness Statement: Tania Ahmadi Kaliji

The Protests


18. After the election results were announced, there was a strong sense among the people that the vote count was fraudulent. People took to the streets to demand their votes back.

19. The first protests were large processions of people walking long distances in silence while holding up peace signs. In Tehran, most of the processions started in 7 Tir Square and walked towards Karim Khan Street. Other processions started in Argentine Square and moved towards Azadi Square, or started from the East and moved towards Arya Shahr.

20. I worked at Milad Hospital during the bloodiest days of the protests. I saw police forces in Nissan vehicles repeatedly bring dead bodies and injured people to the hospital. Some of the injured were barely alive. However, the police forbade us from treating the injured protestors that were admitted to hospital.

21. On July 21, 2009, police forces brought in a protestor who had been shot in the leg. The police asked a doctor to apply a bandage to the wound quickly so they could transport him to be interrogated. When I intervened and asked where the protestor had been shot, one of the intelligence officers pushed me aside and accused me of gathering information. They did not give us all the information we needed to treat the wounded, and they did not allow treatment in many cases. I later found out that the person shot in the leg was arrested around Meghdad Base after a picture of Ayatollah Khamenei was set on fire. This happened nearby, so they brought him and the other injured to our hospital.

Arrest Following the June 2009 Election


22. I was arrested for the fourth time in September 2009 after the presidential elections in Tehran. I received a call on my work line instructing me to report to the Public Information Office (Daftare Setad-e Khabari) on Vesal Shirazi Street at a designated time to answer questions.

23. I had heard about what happened to people at that Office. They sometimes transferred people directly to Evin Prison. I called my father and asked him to come to Tehran and accompany me to the Office.

24. The interrogation turned out to be really intense. I was kept in a small room in solitary confinement for three days, and questioned for 7-8 hours a day. It is common for people who are politically active, or at least who the Iranian regime suspects to be politically active, to be held in solitary confinement so that they cannot communicate with like-minded detainees.

25. I recognized my two interrogators from my first interrogation. They had come to Zanjan to interrogate me more than two and a half years ago. One of them went by the name of “Haj Saeed.” He wore glasses. The other one called himself Mr. Sadeghi. He is a notorious interrogator. I think the name “Sadeghi” must be an alias because he freely introduces himself. I believe these two handle the case files for all women activists and Leftists and both are on the “women’s team” of interrogators (the interrogation team that is responsible for questioning women activists who are arrested). I think this because when I checked with my friends who had been interrogated and compared our recollections of their appearance, we concluded that we were interrogated by the same two men. Since they had first interrogated me, I had switched my mobile phone SIM card three times. Nevertheless, it was evident from their questions that they had been monitoring my phone calls on my house line, mobile phone and even my work line.

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