Iran's Revolutionary Guards point to fresh dissent within oppressive regime

Iran's Revolutionary Guards point to fresh dissent within oppressive regime

One year on from Iran's disputed election, former members of the elite Revolutionary Guard speak out....

Madhi's claims of division in the ranks are supported by the testimony of another former Revolutionary Guard, who worked for al-Qods, and who would speak to the Guardian only on the condition of anonymity. He claims that small groups meet secretly – using the internet to maintain contact – to plan how to help the opposition.

He cites the increased levels and more brutal forms of torture as one of the reasons for turning against the government. In his particular case, he says he was deeply affected by the hanging he witnessed of a pregnant woman.

"Whatever crime she was guilty with, you cannot hang her if she is pregnant. This is against Islam. Not acceptable," he says. "They kept her shivering in the air for like 15 minutes until she died. She was bleeding in front of her children. This regime will not last for long."

guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/11/iran-election-revolutionary-guard

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