News translations curtesy of Spenta on Activistchat:
Zagros has its 18 Tir Breaking News page up:
Reports are coming in about large groups of people and students gathering in the streets of Tehran and other cities. In Tehran, many have gathered outside Terhan university and are preparing to form a protest.
In front of Hosseyneeyeh Ershad a student gathering has taken place which has come under attack from the regime's forces.
There are reports of riots and clashes in South of Tehran (the poorest districts)
The city of Esfehan has witnessed the gatherings of thousands
18 Tir News From Iran:
A report from Tehran around 9 o'clock Tehran time: The crowds are increasing every second. at 7:40 there is is a helicopter flying over Enghelab avenue. Anti riot police are ready at Enghelab police station at southern Kargar street (kalantareeyeh enghelab dar Kargar e Jonoobi) and at the anti drug headqaurters on Enghelab street (setad mavad e mokhadar dar kheeyababn e enghelab).
The Al Alam news agency affiliated with the regime arrived at enghelab street at around 8.30. There are many plainclothes vigilantes around, last year they were patrolling the streets with the police. There is very heavy traffic on enghelab, Meydan e ferdowsi and Peech e Shemran.
News coming in from European countries are reporting large gatherings in different European cities for 18 Tir, and there are more planned demosntrations in the US and Canada. In London there was a large gathering outside of the IRI embassy. In Guttenberg in Sweden 600 Iranians and non-Iranians participated in the 18 Tir gatherings called on by Iranian students. In Washington DC Iranians gathered in front of the US Congress. In Cologne, Amsterdam, Franskfurt, Stockholm, Denmark and many other major European cities there were demonstrations which are still in progress as of this writing.
A Report about the Demonstrations in front of the EU in Brussels: on Wednsday July 7th, there was a demonstration in front of the EU headquarters called by the Iran Defense of Democracy and Republic Group at 2 pm with Iranians residing in Brussels. Since a week prior to this demosntration, political groups, members of the Brussels govt. and Parliament, EU, university professors, human rights groups and other NGOs and other political personalities had been invited to attend, some of whom spoke at this gathering. After announcing the events for the day, Angelica Beyer official spokesperson for the German Green Party in the EU parliament spoke in English, she said" Today we enter the 5th year after the attacks against students in their dorms in Tehran university on July 9th, 1999, and this is why we have gathered here today. Out of those students many are in prison and one is dead. We have gathered here to support the Iranian people's demands for freedom and democracy. In recent years many have been killed in Iran. Despite assurances from Iran to the EU in regards to a moratorium on stonings, this act is still committed. My party is announcing its grave concerns about the Human Rights Crisis in Iran. "
According to the latest news, students and other young people have gathered near Gisha bridge and around Tehran University. The regime's forces who are fully equipped and have mini busses have surrounded them. Several political activists such as Shiva Nazri and Akram Eghbali of the Tara Women's Society have been arrested near Keshavaraz Boulevard.
"Machine Guns on the Streets"
Latest News on 18 Tir from Peykeiran in Persian:
Neveesan Weblog: On 18 Tir (July 8 ) We will show that the nation of Iran is still alive
Students of Tehran's Pedagogy university had a ceremony for 18 Tir on wednsday. During this ceremony they showed a film of the student uprising and the savage attacks of the regime's thugs against the students. The students of the Pedagogy university in Tehran also put on an art exhibit of pictures from the 18 Tir Student Uprising. One of the regime's spies with the name of "Eshraghi", with the protection of the regime's Herasat agents attacked the students. While chanting slogans agianst the US and the UK, he shouted "We are followers of Khamenei". The regime's Herasat agents tore down the pictures at the art exhibit, and gathered up the pamphlets and other items.
Neveesan Weblog posted a bulletin titled "18 Tir Is Our Day, it is the Day of Freedom" and asked all Iranians to participate in the anti regime demonstrations today for 18 Tir to prove that the nation of Iran is still alive. On 18 Tir we will prove that we do not give in to fear, intimidation, oppression, or terror. On 18 Tir we will prove that we are still here, and we will stay and not allow the collaborators of oppression drag the nation of Iran into more ignorance and oppressive dictatorship.
Esfehan Students announced today, Thursday, in commemoration of 18 Tir there will be a protest gathering in front of Esfehan university. According to reports from this city, the regime's repressive forces such as Revoltuionary Guards, Basij, military, and Intelligence agents have been stationed throughout the city, especially at Darvazeh Shiraz to prevent any gathering.
Teheran:The regime's forces who are mostly equipped with automatic assault rifles and machine guns have setup posts throughout the city, stopping and searching cars. On Vali Asr avenue there are 4 such posts for inspecting cars, On Shariati street there are 3 posts and people are reporting that this situation is unprecendanted. There are reports that the regime's agents are videotaping everyone and their car interiors.These same reports state that the regime out of its fear of demonstrations, started to deploy massive forces last night throughout Tehran such as the Enghelab Square. At instersections such as Kargar and Keshavaraz Boulevard they have setup supposed traffic stations which are full of the regime's Intelligence agenets and plainclothes vigilantes. Tehren also reports that the Basij are stationed at the Jamalazadeh Basij Headquarters.
According to reports from Tehran on 13 and 15 Tir, (July 3rd and 5th) thousands of flyers were distributed on Vali Asr avenue, Tajrish square, Shariati street, and Keshavarz Boulevard. In addition on Pasdar Square, Navab Chahr Rah, Azadi Sqaure, Satar Khan, Towhid Square, Ferdowsi Square, Imam Hussein Square, Enghelab Avenue and many other locations there have been extensive promotional activities for 18 Tir. These activities are taking place at at time when the regime has employed its greated repressive measures ever.
A newspaper bleonging to Khamenei attacked the Student Uprising of 18 Tir and wrote: these anti revolutionary groups have come about to create chaos in the regime, and have sweetalked the students to come to the streets while their hooligans light the fuse. They were trying to create the kind of chaos that could finish the regime in a few days.
I keep thinking of what people in Venezuela did:
- national strike
- demonstrations that lasted weeks
- *large* getherings, on the order of a million people
In Serbia it finally took a huge gathering to storm the Parliament and oust Milosevic, though it was years building to that point (and we'd softened the regime up a lot). Just my $0.02, but I think that it's important to deny the mullahs the expected sigh of relief when 19 Tir rolls around and the streets are quiet again. A month-long national strike, for instance, would really push the regime toward the edge.
With a gathering the order of a Times Square New Year's gathering (~ 1,000,000 people) I'd have to guess that the demonstrators could do pretty much whatever they wanted...