by Chris Bodenner

A former member of the Basij speaks to the UK's Channel 4:

Then we heard noise from the yard. We thought it must be the youngsters making trouble. We went there and saw there was no-one, just the forces. The sound came from the containers. The sound of screams and pleading and crying. We didn't understand what was going on. They were pleading: 'We're sorry, please, we regret our actions'. Or screams, or crying. We were confused. I couldn't believe that they would want to do such a thing: to rape."

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