11:17 pm: Jane spoke to my friend with family in Iran - she can't call her family on their cells - everything has been shut down.
10:52 pm There has surely been a terrible blackout, as the most reliable Iranians on twitter, whom I have been following for days, have gone dark for almost 10 hours now. I fear the worst. So many bloggers and journalists have been arrested in Iran, it is difficult to get information. So if you are in Iran and have news, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOYCOTT NOKIA: Iran's Web Spying
And Intel just went partners with Nokia - bad move.
And check this report from Australia's ABC News, "Blood Everywhere' in Fresh Iran Crackdown":
6:52pm: Butcher of the press and torturer of Tehran to "interrogate" and head prosecutions of protesters. This is a nightmare:
The Iranian regime has appointed one of its most feared prosecutors to interrogate reformists arrested during demonstrations, prompting fears of a brutal crackdown against dissent.
Relatives of several detained protesters have confirmed that the interrogation of prisoners is now being headed by Saaed Mortazavi, a figure known in Iran as "the butcher of the press". He gained notoriety for his role in the death of a Canadian-Iranian photographer who was tortured, beaten and raped during her detention in 2003.
"The leading role of Saeed Mortazavi in the crackdown in Tehran should set off alarm bells for anyone familiar with his record," said Sarah Leah Whitson, the Middle East and North Africa director of Human Rights Watch.
Thugs were setting fire on trees of the streets of ShahrakGharb from which AllahAkbar was shouted.
Tonight in Shahrak-e-Gharb while people were chanting from rooftops, plain cloths put trees on fire.
Reports: 1 shot dead and more than 20 injured at Baharestan SQ. (not conf.)
CNN once again....and FOX is MIA. Two women who witnessed the protests and violence:
6:25 pm: Andy McCarthy's stunning indictment:
As the Iranian government’s murderous repression of the
Iranian people continues, critics right and left agitate over the deafening
silence of an American president who, as a candidate, derided the Bush
administration’s ambitious democracy promotion as too timid. They speculate as
to why Barack Obama won’t speak out: Why won’t he condemn the mullahs? Is he
daft enough to believe he can charm the regime into abandoning its nuclear
ambitions? Does the self-described realist so prize stability that he thinks
it’s worth abandoning the cause of freedom — and the best chance in 30 years of
dislodging an implacable American enemy?
In truth, it’s worse than that. Even as the mullahs are terrorizing the Iranian people, the Obama administration is negotiating with an Iranian-backed terrorist organization and abandoning the American proscription against exchanging terrorist prisoners for hostages kidnapped by terrorists. Worse still, Obama has already released a terrorist responsible for the brutal murders of five American soldiers in exchange for the remains of two deceased British hostages.
5:33pm Sullivan over at The Atlantic has this: A reader writes:
I just talked to my brother in Tehran. It's awful.
He couldn't go to Baharestan himself, but was very worried for his friends who had gone. Also, he was saying that the state-run TV is broadcasting pictures of people who have been participating in the protests and asking viewers to give information on them. They have also apparently taken pictures in the demonstrations, matched them with the national ID card database and are now rounding people up in the dead of night.
Martial law and police state indeed.
5:28 PM: And who wrote on this genius traitor's hand?
3;49: Obama shamed: "WH Rescinds July 4 Invites To Iranians". No hotdogs or halal for those Iranian diplos. Was it perhaps because the Iranians had already RSVPed NO?
"What a disgrace that this man is leader of the free world; and at such a point in history. If he had put America stoutly behind the protesters and championed them against the regime, by now they might have toppled it." - Melanie Phillips
3:18: FOX finally is running some Iran coverage -- all day they have ignored it. Shep (!) is talking to some Iranian tool saying that the streets were quiet today.
Ten minutes ago Shep (!) was expressing such outrage at the Governor who admitted an affair today ("he lied! He lied to so many people!"). Shep keeps copping out to "we can't verify these reports from twitter"; "don't know if the youtubes are staged"... huh? ....as if. What does one need, a journalism degree? Gimme a friggin break. Get a clue, FOX. I cannot believe how FOX dropped the ball on one of the most historically important stories of this young century.
3:15 pm: No Iranian diplomats accepted Obama's July 4 invites: US. This would be funny, if it weren't so tragic and sad.
US State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said Wednesday he does not believe that one single Iranian diplomat has accepted invitations to July 4 events at US embassies worldwide
3:07 pm Just uploaded. This is the worst that I have seen.** GRAPHIC! **
American Power had this video
The Rhetorican adds this:
This overtures from the administration to the Iranian regime put Obama’s apathy towards the Iranian protesters in perspective. Seems Obama was playing it cool towards the uprising in the hope he could still score a date with the regime, like a wary suitor waiting for a cue from a skeptical beloved.
2:48pm: So I guess this crushing massacre is what Obama has been waiting for. He has been holding back, hoping people desperate to be free would just go away so he could bow before the mullahs while the kicked dirt in his (our) face.
Anyone see Obama yukking it up on TV?
The left as a whole is looking away. How do these savages sleep at night? And how did they take hold of the American soul?
Obama has already distributed $300 million American taxpayer dollars of the $900 million promised to the jihad in Gaza. 300 million dollars and he talks of "Palestinian" suffering. Hamas is in Iran cracking heads and he is funding these cannibals. He is a degenerate.
2:07 PM: Neda Soltan's family 'forced out of home' by Iranian authorities.
Parents of young woman shot dead near protests are banned from mourning and funeral is cancelled, neighbours say
The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of Neda Agha Soltan out of their Tehran home after shocking images of her death were circulated around the world.
Neighbours said that her family no longer lives in the four-floor apartment building on Meshkini Street, in eastern Tehran, having been forced to move since she was killed. The police did not hand the body back to her family, her funeral was cancelled, she was buried without letting her family know and the government banned mourning ceremonies at mosques, the neighbours said.
"We just know that they [the family] were forced to leave their flat,"
Iran condemns UN chief for 'meddling'.
Iran lashed out at UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday over remarks the foreign ministry said smacked of "meddling" in its affairs, the state broadcaster reported.
Indigo Red: "A gruesome observation: The sniper victims are being shot in the high upper torso just below the neck so as to increase visible bloodflow. The trachea and esophagus are smashed, the vein and artery burst causing maximal blood flow from the nose and mouth. Death is not immediate and is more akin to drowning as blood is inhaled into the lungs. These sniper shots are meant to be as gruesome, frightening, and graphic as possible; it is intimidation and emotional torture, as well as cold blooded murder".
1:33 pm: The Guardian has this account from a medical student inside Iran.
I only want to speak about what I have witnessed. I am a medical student. There was chaos at the trauma section in one of our main hospitals. Although by decree, all riot-related injuries were supposed to be sent to military hospitals, all other hospitals were filled to the rim. Last night, nine people died at our hospital and another 28 had gunshot wounds. All hospital employees were crying till dawn. They (government) removed the dead bodies on back of trucks, before we were even able to get their names or other information. What can you even say to the people who don't even respect the dead. No one was allowed to speak to the wounded or get any information from them. This morning the faculty and the students protested by gathering at the lobby of the hospital where they were confronted by plain cloths anti-riot militia, who in turn closed off the hospital and imprisoned the staff.
The extent of injuries are so grave, that despite being one of the most staffed emergency rooms, they've asked everyone to stay and help--I'm sure it will even be worst tonight. What can anyone say in face of all these atrocities? What can you say to the family of the 13 year-old boy who died from gunshots and whose dead body then disappeared? This issue is not about cheating (election) anymore. This is not about stealing votes anymore. The issue is about a vast injustice inflected on the people. They've put a baton in the hand of every 13-14 year old to smash the faces of "the bunches who are less than dirt" (government is calling the people who are uprising dried-up torn and weeds). This is what sickens me from dealing with these issues. And from those who shut their eyes and close their ears and claim the riots are in opposition of the government and presidency!! No! The people's complaint is against the egregious injustices committed against the people.
Lalezar Sq is same as Baharestan - unbelievable - ppls murdered everywhere
CALL HILARY CLINTON (202)647-529 plans to execute over 450 protesters arrested. This is murder!
We are being murdered like mice in a lion's den!!! BUT WE STILL FIGHT!!! The world just watches
The Guardian has an interview with one of the riot police:
Newspaper Roozonline has an interview (in Persian) with one of the young plainclothes militiamen who have been beating protesters.
UPDATE: Robert says the man is paid 2m rial per day, which would be about £1220 for ten days of work. A hefty fee, even by UK standards. A reader writes: "You can imagine what that kind of money means to a villager from Khorasan".
The Guardian's Robert Tait sends this synopsis:
The man, who has come from a small town in the eastern province of Khorasan and has never been in Tehran before, says he is being paid 2m rial (£122) to assault protestors with a heavy wooden stave. He says the money is the main incentive as it will enable him to get married and may even enable him to afford more than one wife. Leadership of the volunteers has been provided by a man known only as "Hajji", who has instructed his men to "beat the counter-revolutionaries so hard that they won't be able to stand up". The volunteers, most of them from far-flung provinces such as Khuzestan, Arak and Mazandaran, are being kept in hostel accommodation, reportedly in east Tehran. Other volunteers, he says, have been brought from Lebanon, where the Iranian regime has strong allies in the Hezbollah movement. They are said to be more highly-paid than their Iranian counterparts and are put up in hotels. The last piece of information seems to confirm the suspicion of many Iranians that foreign security personnel are being used to suppress the demonstrators. For all his talk of the legal process, this interview provides a key insight into where Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, believes the true source of his legitimacy rests.
12:45pm Listen to a student's eyewitness account of the massacre:
WHITE HOUSE: Iranian officials still invited to July 4th parties. (Impeachable?)
11:52: LIVE FEED HERE: Iranians are reporting massacres, people being thrown off bridges. In one place they say there are 150 dead ................
Tweet: they pull away the dead into trucks - like factory - no human can do this - we beg Allah for save us
Nothing on FOX news. WTF is wrong with everyone?
11:22 am: Different tweets all describing unspeakable horror:
in Baharestan we saw militia with axe chopping ppl like meat - blood everywhere - like butcher
HOPE! CHANGE! What a stunning indictment of the Obama presidency. He will never outrun this. It's a slaughterhouse. I fear we will lose our best source of information --
rumour they are tracking high use of phone lines to find internet users - must move from here now
phone line was cut and we lost internet -getting more difficult to log into net
Iranian snipers is taking out protesters june 24 2009
saw 7/8 militia beating one woman with baton on ground - she had no defense nothing - sure that she is dead
they were waiting for us - they all have guns and riot uniforms - it was like a mouse trap - ppl being shot like animals
I see many ppl with broken arms/legs/heads - blood everywhere - pepper gas like war
just in from Baharestan Sq - situation today is terrible - they beat the ppls like animals
all shops was closed - nowhere to go - they follow ppls with helicopters - smoke and fire is everywhere
ppl run into alleys and militia standing there waiting - from 2 sides they attack ppl in middle of alleys
so many ppl arrested - young & old - they take ppl away -- we lose our group
Paulo Coelho, the Brazilian writer and friend of the doctor who rushed to Neda Soltan's side, has identified the doctor and published an email exchange with him.
One email says:
I am now in Tehran. The video of Neda's murder was taken by my friend, and you can recognise me in the video. I was the doctor who tried to save her and failed. She died in my arms. I am writing with tears in my eyes. Please don't mention my name. I'll contact you with more details soon.
Coelho explained why he was planning to reveal Arash's name. "I may leak your name to the press, in order to protect you - visibility is the only protection at this point," he said.
Arash has now fled Iran.
Josh Shahryar AKA NiteOwl - iran_translator on twitter:
Although most sources had confirmed that there was going to be a
strike Tuesday in Tehran, the city had only partially closed down its
shops. Throughout the day reports kept arriving that Mousavi had not
ordered the strike, however, most people continued urging protesters to
comply with the strike. It seemed that there was a complete lack of
coordination between the movement and its leader. This is the first
time it has happened, however, and seems to be a direct result of
government’s tireless efforts at trying to jam communications between
protesters and their leaders.
There were sporadic reports of a more successful strike in parts of the Kurdish-inhabited areas of northwestern Iran. In Kurdistan province, the cities of Sanadanj and Seqqez were reported to have had half their shops closed. There were also reports from Mahabad in Western Azerbaijan province to the north of Kurdistan province. That city is also inhabited by Kurds. The main stream media has not confirmed these reports; however, sources were pretty uniform about the veracity of them. There have been unrests in Mashhad and Tabriz as well, but no solid news came out for us to investigate further.
People in Tehran, though, acted in different ways to continue to
defy the authorities. There were anti-government posters stuck on
walls, anti-government slogans adorned parts of the walls of the city
and waves of small rallies broke out in various parts of the city. Car
headlights were turned on in the city at dark to commemorate those
killed in the protests and chants of Allah o Akbar continued to ring
loudly at night. Among these chants, there were also chants of “Death
to the Dictator” and surprisingly enough, some people also chanted
“Death of Khamenei” – although the last one was only reported in
The city of Tehran was literally crawling with Basijis and police. There were roadblocks everywhere and the streets were heavily patrolled by the security forces. Most sources complained that going outside was dangerous for anyone – even if the person wasn’t a protester as security forces continued to beat up anyone they could get their hands on.
There were reports of clashes in northern, western and eastern Tehran between small numbers of protesters and the security forces, though; no news of any casualties reached us. Shots were fired late at night as well, but still no word of casualties today. People had started small fires on the streets that were continuously being put down by the security forces.
Arrests continue to take place throughout the day. Journalists from Kalemeh newspaper were picked up and there were unconfirmed reports of the arrest of at least 2 journalists affiliated with the foreign media, however, the latter claim could not be independently verified. One of these is a Greek reporter with the Washington Times. The government has now announced the creation of a special court in order to investigate and decide the cases of people who have been so far arrested by the government.
The Iranian government continued to blame the West for Iran’s current state of affairs. As a direct result of this, Iran expelled to British diplomats in protest, resulting in the expulsion of two Iranian diplomats by the British government. There are reports of the EU mulling over imposing sanctions against Iran. Shirin Ebadi – the Nobel Peace Prize laureate from Iran – has asked the world to only impose political and not economic sanctions on Iran.
State media in Iran are continuing to denounce protesters as thugs, hooligans and terrorists. It has been reported that Keyhan Daily’s tomorrow’s edition is going to call for Mousavi’s arrest. Reports were also published and broadcasted about Mohsen Rezaee – on of the four candidates during the election – has taken back all his complaints against the elections. Khamenei has extended the period for registering complaints against the elections for five more days. The deadline was Wednesday, before.
Throughout the day, there were reports of Mousavi organizing a fresh rally as well as Karoubi calling on people to stage rallies in different locations. Both leaders were said to have wanted rallies late afternoon on Thursday. Yet, the reports were often so conflicted that for now, the place and time of the protests cannot be verified. As before, it seems they are trying to confuse the government into keeping less armed personnel around the protest area by not letting them know where it’s actually at. So far, reliable sources have mostly agreed upon a rally at Baharestan Square in the late afternoon.
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The government in Iran is still increasing internet filtering and throttling in an attempt to silence their people. Anonymous info shows that many in Iran are looking for proxy and Tor information in Tehran and all around the country. Please donate your bandwidth to help bring down the Iran Curtain. Here are links on how to help and get help on this:
Obama should be apologizing. Wouldn't it be nice if Obama offered to cover the cost of the "bullet fees" being charged to families of slain protesters?
Iranians take on the Basijs chanting "Death to the dictator"
Please check previous extensive Iranian revolutionary coverage here: Iran: The Revolution