In Iran, Fear Grows Over Treatment of Arrested Election Demonstrators

“JAVAD,” former prisoner: They start to hit me with the baton, with the cable. They started slapping my face. After, they asked me. I said, “I haven’t done anything. Please don’t hit me.”

GWEN IFILL: We turn to the international controversy over allegations of deaths and torture in Iran’s prisons. Today, Secretary of State Clinton said she deplored the reports of abuse, and she urged the release of political prisoners.

Margaret Warner has more on that story.

MARGARET WARNER: Iran’s rulers cracked down hard last month when hundreds of thousands of demonstrators challenged what they said was a rigged presidential election. There were beatings and shootings in the streets, and police and militia arrested and jailed thousands of protestors.

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