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Thursday, July 02, 2009
Angela Merkel observes

Ahead of the G8 summit to be held next week in Italy, German Prime Minister Angela Merkel pointed out similarities between the brutality of East Germany's state police, the Stasi, and the current brutality in Iran:

“I know from the time of the GDR (East Germany) how important it was that people around the world made sure that the people stuck in (Stasi prisons) Bautzen and Hohenschoenhausen … were not forgotten,” Merkel told parliament.

“Iran must know, particularly in the age of modern communications, that we will do everything in our power to ensure that these people (arrested in Iran during the recent turmoil) are not forgotten about,” she said.

Meanwhile, making certain that they don't get out of practice, Iran hanged 12 people for drug trafficking and murder since Tuesday, six of them in Tehran's Evin prison, and the others in a facility in Qom.

"Certainly," you say, "Iran can't be as bad as the East Germans?" Lara Setrakian of ABC News in Dubai, sent this via Twitter today:

Tehrani source close to those detained says some have been beaten heavily and waterboarded with hot water #iranelection

You can't spell stasis without S-T-A-S-I.

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