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Letter from Tehran: 38 Gunshot Victims at Rasool Akram Hospital

Protest gathering at Rasool Akram Hospital

By a physician in Tehran

I am a physician working at the Rasool Akram hospital. Yesterday (June 21st), they brought in 38 gunshot victims to our hospital. 10 were already dead and the rest had various related injuries.

From the look of it, these people had suffered automatic weapon fire. Most had more than 2 bullet wounds close to one another.

A 68 year old man had been shot on the left shoulder and abdomen. Another young man, 18 years old, had been shot in the hand and wrist. According to the injured, they were shot from rooftops. A 32-year-old man had been shot in the back, but the exit wound had been through the front thigh.

Doctors and nurses are protesting at
Rasool Akram hospital in Tehran on June 16

The survivor accounts is that they suddenly came under fire while walking in front of a Basiji base north of Azadi Square. Basiji are a "volunteer" (goon) militia force organized in 1979; paid by the regime and brainwashed by religion. A vehicle had been parked in front of the gate to prevent people from entering it which indicates prior planning. According to eyewitness accounts, 4 Basijis started shooting from the roof top of the base in a way that even those trying to help the wounded came under fire and became victims. At this point, the angry mob attacked the vehicle and set it on fire, but were unable to enter the base. Soon, the riot police and more Basijis arrived which resulted in more people getting shot and killed.

An injured protester, Tehran, June 21

Based on the information obtained from physicians at the Emam Khomaini Hospital (another hospital), 38 gunshot victims had died there in the previous night.

It is notable that this morning, regime's security forces had taken the bodies of these victims (by force) from the hospitals and transferred them to an undisclosed location. Most of the families of the dead do not even know that their loved ones have been killed.

Among the dead are few 15 and 16 year old youngsters as well.

This morning, between 9-11 AM, there was a gathering of physicians and students from Rasool Akram Hospital. They were disseminating information about the victims and the events described above. This gathering ended with the interference from the riot police.

... Payvand News - 06/24/09 ... --

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