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The bloodiest day so far in the Islamic totalitarian state of Iran (hat tip her royal whyness)
VIDEO UPDATE: TEHRAN, Iran: wounded girl dying in front of camera (hat tip Kitten)
Katherine provides these details:
“A young woman who was standing aside with her father watching the protests was shot by a basij member hiding on the rooftop of a civilian house. He had clear shot at the girl and could not miss her. However, he aimed straight her heart. I am a doctor, so I rushed to try to save her. But the impact of the gunshot was so fierce that the bullet had blasted inside the victim’s chest, and she died in less than 2 minutes.”
IRAN VIDEOS HERE (hat tip Chad)
UPDATE: LIVE FEED OF RIOTS IN IRAN (hat tip Rut)
Thousands of Iranians defy supreme Islamic leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's warnings against more demonstrations. Police reportedly fire tear gas and water cannons to try to block the rally.
Best roundup of opinion here: "All hangs in the balance".
Iran was rocked by violent clashes today as demonstrators defied their Supreme Leader's warnings of 'bloodshed' to take to the streets.
Witnesses report fierce clashes on Tehran streets Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Cairo and Tehran -- Iranian security forces reportedly used tear gas and water cannons to disperse as many as 3,000 people who attempted to gather in central Tehran today, defying warnings from the country's supreme leader against further protests over the disputed presidential election.
The semiofficial Fars News Agency and other news media outlets are also reporting that one person was killed and two were injured when a bomb exploded near a shrine to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The assclowns at the NY TImes trot out the colonialism canard. How tired and leftist they are. Here, the NY Crimes pitches the evil Khamenei's propaganda.
And worse, they give cover to a weak and degenerate American President:
If this doesn't wake up the American people to what a fraud Obama is, we have no soul. Has Obama's groveling served us?
A protester allegedly injured by gunfire from pro-government militia is aided near a rally
Tehran University students hold banners protesting police presence on their campus.
IRAN; Raw Footage: Basijis attack protesters, enter homes
UPDATE: The following letter from an Iranian student was received by The Jerusalem Post via a professor at a leading American university with close ties to Iran:(hat tip Rut)
Salaam, sorry if I didn't answer to your e-mails. The Internet connection is extremely slow these days... Yahoo messenger, MSN, text messaging, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and all reformist and networking Web sites are filtered. (I just got to briefly log in to Facebook last night with a "filtershekan.")
There are rallies every day... organized by word of mouth from one event to the other, and then by phone calls, and strangers just telling you to show up as they pass you by or as you are waiting behind red lights. Yesterday, it was supposed to be from Enghelab to Azadi, but it literally started at Emam Hossein Sq. (Fooziyeh) and spread all the way to Ekabatan. The number of protesters should be estimated in the millions. They were from every layer of society.
Southern Teheranis, Northern rich kids, Chaadoris, Ghertis, Hizbullahi, young, old, kids, etc. A huge sample of the Iranian nation, with all its diversity, was there, determined to make a change. They feel betrayed and insulted.
The radio and TV warned people all day long not to attend, as the rally didn't have the "permission from the Ministry of Interior" and warned of serious consequences if it took place, but no one cared.
Everybody went. The Yegaan vijeh (anti-riot police) first tried to intimidate people as they were gathering, but the immensity of the crowd then made them back up and hide in a nearby police station.
Today, the rally is supposed to be at Meydoon Vali Asr. There are words that the next one will be in front of Sedaa o Sima (National TV station).
Yesterday the rally was calm and peaceful until the crowd started to disperse at the end. Then the Lebaas shakhsi (armed thugs without uniform) and some anti-riot units showed up with more confidence. They started a fire in one corner of Azadi to attract and entrap the most enthusiastic of protesters, then started firing tear gas and shooting.
I didn't see it myself, but I heard that a man was shot in the eye.
Chants were all either conducted against Ahmadinejad or in support of Mousavi. Nothing more "sensitive" than that. It's what I call "smart protest." People are extremely vigilant about what to say... Some chants were a little more "personal" and a bit more offensive to Ahmadinejad.
Mousavi, [former president Muhammad] Khatami, [his brother] Muhammad Reza Khatami, [Teheran Mayor Gholamhossein] Karbaschi, Masjed Jamei, [former vice president Muhammad Ali] Abtahi, [reformist Mahdi] Karoubi all showed up. I missed Mousavi's speech, but Abtahi was just a few meters away from where we were. People cheered them a lot.
Apart from rallies, people cry "Allahu Akbar" every night around 9 p.m. from rooftops and cars (well, it is supposed to be 9 p.m., but Iranians are always late. So they really start around 9:30). There are also sporadic riots and tire-burning in town. Night riots are much more violent. Sa'adat Abad, Shahran, Yousef Abad are some of the hottest corners. Universities are really tense, too. Police and thugs have already stormed dorms a couple of times and seriously wounded students.
As for casualties, all we hear is rumors. I can't confirm any... One thing that I can tell with certainty is that people are really determined. They all say there is no stop to this until they get results...
Girls are extremely active in all these rallies (a little less in night riots where patches of young men are more visible). They courageously charge anti-riot police, chant slogans in front of them, lead the crowd, etc., but they are equally beaten too. The police seem to have no limit in the use of force. They are disproportionately violent. They don't use fire weapons, but they don't go easy on you with their clubs. They literally beat up protesters to death if they don't get rescued by fellow protesters or somehow break away and run.
The level of brutality is exceptional, but it is amazing to see how people stand up to them. I heard from many witnesses that thugs were brought by bus from smaller cities to assist police in the crackdown...
I estimate that more people will show up for today's rally compared to yesterday.
The word is that everyone should wear black with green bracelets or scarfs. The good thing about Vali Asr square is that it is right in "downtown" Teheran. It would be such a show of force by people. The national TV can't just keep ignoring it. (Not one single word of yesterday's rally was reported last night, except a really short footage showing Mir Hossein standing on his car to talk to his "supporters" that "contest" the results. The camera didn't zoom out one bit to show the immensity of the crowd...).
Pray for protesters and for the country. Your support means a lot, as people happily tell each other how Iranians abroad are gathering around embassies to support them. Internet sites are filtered here, so please inform people inside of events and rallies by e-mail if you hear of any. I testify with confidence that this is the most authentic, grassroots and beautiful movement from the people, by the people and for the people. No outside force, no money, no conspiracy is involved.
It's all about people telling each other where to gather next time, pledge to show up and keep their promise. There is a spirit of fraternity, determination, resistance, courage, solidarity and generosity that no words can describe. I thank God to have seen this in my lifetime, and I wouldn't trade it for the world.
A Mousavi supporter is beaten by men with rubber batons. In the days after the election results were announced in favor of Ahmadinejad, brigades of men, some armed with hoses, clubs, truncheons and sticks appeared in Tehran's streets, fighting with opposition supporters. (hat tip Rut)
The police officers in this frame appear to be doing nothing to stop the militia members.
(Known collectively as Basijis, the brigades consist of officially recognized
groups like Ansar Hezbollah, whose members undergo formal training, to smaller
groups controlled by local clerics. The word Basij in Persian roughly translates
as mass mobilization) TIME magazine
This photograph, posted on Twitter, was taken the day after the militias raged through the student dormitories.
Suicide bomber attacks Khomeini shrine in Iran Washington Post
In an act fraught with symbolic significance, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the mausoleum of the father of Iran's Islamic revolution, ...
A great mass of protesters jammed the avenue, but they used so much tear gas on us.” (Tehran bureau)
The NY Times here:
Also reportedly shot on Saturday: this video shows what the person who uploaded it to YouTube says is the “street war” in Tehran today; this clip shows what one Iranian blogger says is demonstrators facing off against Basij militia members in Tehran; this clip was reportedly filmed by worried family members of someone out on the streets as members of the Basij militia attacked opposition supporters in Tehran this evening.
This dramatic video is said to show riot police beating protesters at the university in the city of Shiraz:
UPDATE:Iran be damned ..... Obama motorcades for ice cream ........... he makes Marie Antoinette look austere. (hat tip Katherine)