Skip to comments.Violence on the streets of Tehran as police beat back protesters
Posted on 06/20/2009 10:40:10 AM PDT by La Lydia
Iranian riot police beat protesters and fired tear gas as violence erupted in Tehran today when thousands of members of the opposition movement took to the streets in open defiance of the country's supreme leader....
The crackdown on supporters of the reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi confirmed fears that authorities would carry out their threat to suppress protests in the aftermath of the disputed presidential election...
Eyewitnesses in Revolution Square reported around 20,000 riot police, made up of Basiji militiamen and soldiers, and armed with rifles, tear gas and water cannons, far outnumbering the hardcore of around 3,000 opposition members who turned out today. The Iranian interior ministry today reitirated the warning issued by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at Friday prayers that Mousavi would "be held responsible for the consequences of any illegal gatherings". In a statement on its website, the ministry accused the 67-year-old former prime minister of supporting protests that "have lead to the disruption of security and public order"...
With severe reporting restrictions imposed by the Iranian authorities, the limited footage that has been made available on the internet today showed chaos on the streets, with helicopters flying overhead and dozens of injured protesters taken to hospital.
Some protesters appeared to be fighting back, setting fire to militia members' motorcycles in streets near Freedom Square, witnesses said.
Tehran University was cordoned off by police and militia while students inside the university chanted "death to the dictator!" witnesses said...
The key question now for many Iranians surrounds Mousavi's next move. He has become the figurehead of the opposition movement, but appears to have backed down from open confrontation with the regime in the past two days.
(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...
I hope the protestors can learn how to pick off the police a few at a time. That might change the police’s appetite a bit.
# spiritof_sirius [.IRAN CRISIS REPORT.]
# Rjusbg1twit_green_normal KRyanJames RT ASAP! British Embassy 198, Ferdowsi Avenue Tehran 11316-91144 Taking Wounded! #iranelection #Mousavi #GR88 #Tehran #Iran less than 10 seconds ago from TweetDeck
# 4804_1075742695610_1287495886_30202486_6347144_s_normal sTavasoli my Iranian sister was shot http://bit.ly/vU5G3 #Obama #CNNfail #IranElection less than 10 seconds ago from web
# Green-peace-sign_normal lakarune Oh god RT Loads of video of shooting victims in Tehran is coming up http://bit.ly/8BkBb (discretion advised) #iranelection less than 10 seconds ago from web
# Green_7896_n559995197_5809246_2003_normal paleopaul1971 BIG demonstration in progress at the White House.
Is this true...is there really a big demonstration going on at the WH?
Yes, there was video, and they’re live on CNN now. They apparently they are in Lafayette Park. Also, protestors in LA and, I think, Kansas City. I’m sure New York will have some too.
I guess Obama is going to see which side is winning before he takes sides.
amenehjoon @cnnbrk #iranElection RT (from Iran): CONFIRMED: Tir 3rd NATIONWIDE STRIKE IN IRAN. IRANIANS WiLL STAY HOME TO SHUT DOWN THE ECONOMY less
GOOD! I hope this is accurate! Sounds like all the embassies are helping the injured now since the hospitals have been compromised, do we have an embassy there, do you know? Cause seems as if everyone is listed except America.
This is completely off topic but can someone take one of the purple finger photos of the Iraqi election and change the color to green? I’d love to have an image like that to use as support for what is going on in Iran and have no photoshop skills.
We have a buildinbg there for an ebassy but IIRC it has been locked since 1980.
opppssss building for embassy
No idea. Looks like lots. There are many, many Iranians in the DC area, refugees from the regime.
I have no photoshop. If I did, I could. Anybody with Photoshop could.
One of the Tweets from Tehran says, “I don’t need nukes, I need freedom.” That said, there are still some places that would benefit from the Sea of Glass effect.
TehranBureau WHOLE city is shaking with very loud screams from rooftops. Their loud voices calling only for God is filled with fear, hatred, and hope.
May God Bless these people with great love and support.
AH-thanks for the info...they should OPEN it (probably no one is there) to accept the wounded and get them off the streets.
Perhaps he is considering staying at the WH as well, since uhbama is so set on not meddling (until and IF, of course, the people succeed! What a worm he is!)
>Their loud voices calling only for God is filled with fear, hatred, and hope.<
Will these same voices shout “death to the infidels” when this mess is over?
Sorry for my insensitivity — 9/11 is still fresh in my mind. I also remember ME students on American college campusses shouting with glee after the towers were down.
The whole lot deserve a beat down.
Those people in the streets of Iran are the best allies that Americans could have.
I believe the Iranian people want a country with a constitution like ours. If they get it, let’s hope it doesn’t get trampled like ours is currently getting trampled. This is also a telling example of how an unarmed population can be brutalized by government thugs. Our 2nd amendment is as important as our first. We can’t allow the lunatics on the left take it away from our citizens.