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7:36 pm: Iranian police clash with protesters in fresh unrest
Worst outbreak of street violence since post-election protests (hat tip Jane)
Mirdamad Street (hat tip Rut via Revolution Road)
12:12 PM: Roozbeh Farahanipour returns to Iran. Under Farahanipour's leadership, the Marze Por Gohar Party led the pro-democracy movement in July, 1999. The Iranian journalist, democracy activist was a former political prisoner in Iran. The Ministry of Intelligence declared the Marze Por Gohar an "illegal Party," and called Farahanipour "one of the leaders of the unrest", he was subsequently arrested and tortured.
Check out the interview with Farahanipour here.
Roozbeh Farahanipour, 37, was jailed for several months in 1999 for his role in the protests and was tortured extensively. But that hasn’t deterred him from going to back to his homeland.
“These are momentous times,” he told Newsmax shortly before leaving the U.S. for his secret journey to Iran. “After 10 years, I am fulfilling my dream.”
The postelection protests of the past several weeks “have already succeeded in crippling half of the regime,” he said. “They can no longer work together, no longer trust each other. Our job is to help cripple the other half as well.”
If Farahanipour can successfully elude Iran’s secret police, Thursday’s protests will be the first time that a political figure who has gone into exile has ever returned to lead a demonstration against the Islamic regime.
Farahanipour, who founded the Marze Por Gohar (Glorious Frontiers Party) in 1998, wants to see a secular, democratic government emerge from the current turmoil in Iran.
“This Thursday is my demonstration,” he said. “It is not Mousavi’s event. It is the 10th anniversary of the 1999 student uprising.”
Farahanipour says the time for any pretense of reforming the regime is over. “People are shouting, ‘Death to the Dictator,'” he said. “The regime lost all international credibility. Only 15 countries have sent messages of congratulations to Ahmadinejad after the elections. The first to support him were Hamas and Hezbollah.”
Now is not the time to reassure the regime, but to confront it, he believes.
Already, regime intelligence agents been on the lookout for Farahanipour, and scoured the area near Busheir, where Iran’s nuclear power plant is located, when rumors circulated that he was in the vicinity earlier this week.
11:40: Twitter: heavy clashes all over tehran, protests all over Iran. sisters and brothers fighting for freedom. the revolution ain't over!
Hundreds of young men and women chanted "death to the dictator" and fled baton-wielding police in the capital Thursday as opposition activists sought to revive street protests despite authorities' vows to "smash" any new marches. (more here)
Tehran: clashes in Azadi, Enqelab, Vanq, Jomhouri, Valiasr - Nothing on the networks on the thousands who have taken to the streets.
Today is the Anniversary of the 1999 Iran Protest; the brave take to the streets.
Tweeting: Chants are more radical this time: "Death to Khamenei"
11:31 am: Shoot outs started in various places in Mashad & Tehran.
Multiple reports of protesters being attacked in different locations throughout Tehran.
Shootings reported. "Tweets passing around that there are heavy clashes near Azadi Square.. Word is out that 3 people have been shot by security forces."
Tweets from Iran.
People are being arrested brutally in Enghelab, and tear gass is used in Vanak // Enghelab square being packed with people coming from side streets // Clashes infront of Tehran Universi and VankSq. unconf. // very heavy Basiji presence. Almost all have handguns.
One girl harshly arrested as she was dragged on the ground and thrown into a van... many others arrested
Apparently HUGE turnout, Basij desperately trying to block enghelab
6:29pm in Tehran right now, Reports of Moussavi showing might pop up as he had stated he would attend earlier