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Violence on the streets of Tehran as police beat back protesters
Guardian, UK ^ | June 20, 2009

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 ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: iran; iranviolence2009; islam; mullahs; violence

1 posted on 06/20/2009 10:40:13 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

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.


2 posted on 06/20/2009 10:42:08 AM PDT by stboz
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To: La Lydia
RUNNING BATTLES IN TEHRAN (with pics)

URGENT: HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT IRANIAN PROTESTORS RIGHT NOW...ON TWITTER

AMERICANS SUPPORTING IRAN LIBERTY

3 posted on 06/20/2009 10:44:49 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: La Lydia
Six latest reports from twitter people, some on scene, others passing along info:

# 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?

4 posted on 06/20/2009 10:46:18 AM PDT by Republic (Jedem das Seinesc)
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To: Republic

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.


5 posted on 06/20/2009 10:48:14 AM PDT by La Lydia (.)
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To: La Lydia

I guess Obama is going to see which side is winning before he takes sides.


6 posted on 06/20/2009 10:49:20 AM PDT by zipper
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From Twitter:

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.

7 posted on 06/20/2009 10:50:06 AM PDT by Republic (Jedem das Seinesc)
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To: La Lydia

How many?


8 posted on 06/20/2009 10:51:01 AM PDT by Republic (Jedem das Seinesc)
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To: zipper
...C’mon, he has to get his invitations out to the Mullahs to join the fourth of July BBQs. Damn those protesters for getting in the way of his BBQs. First they get in the way of our Pres Friday prayers, now they ruin his weekend and god help them if they ruin the BBQs.
9 posted on 06/20/2009 10:51:47 AM PDT by never4get (We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid)
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To: La Lydia
Khamenei attacked opponents at home but also lambasted Iran's enemies abroad in hardline remarks that bode ill for any opening to the US, where Barack Obama is seeking talks to tackle worries over Iran's nuclear ambitions. We will need to talk to them about this election too, I gather.
10 posted on 06/20/2009 10:52:27 AM PDT by frithguild (Can I drill your head now?)
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To: Republic
You can help crash Iranian government websites here. Most of them are already gone. Heh.

http://91.199.0.11/

11 posted on 06/20/2009 10:54:20 AM PDT by La Lydia (.)
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To: La Lydia

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.


12 posted on 06/20/2009 10:54:22 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Republic

We have a buildinbg there for an ebassy but IIRC it has been locked since 1980.


13 posted on 06/20/2009 10:55:48 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: chris_bdba

opppssss building for embassy


14 posted on 06/20/2009 10:56:15 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Republic

No idea. Looks like lots. There are many, many Iranians in the DC area, refugees from the regime.


15 posted on 06/20/2009 10:57:27 AM PDT by La Lydia (.)
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To: La Lydia
Ahmadinejad is probably looking for a more supporting and safe place for his seat of government. He's leaning toward Morningside Heights, home of Columbia University, which is very friendly.
16 posted on 06/20/2009 11:00:14 AM PDT by immadashell
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To: La Lydia
I’m sensing the excitement to render the Middle East into a sea of glass has waned for some.

17 posted on 06/20/2009 11:00:38 AM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: chris_bdba

I have no photoshop. If I did, I could. Anybody with Photoshop could.


18 posted on 06/20/2009 11:01:18 AM PDT by La Lydia (.)
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To: I see my hands

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.


19 posted on 06/20/2009 11:02:53 AM PDT by La Lydia (.)
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To: La Lydia
New tweet report:

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.

20 posted on 06/20/2009 11:07:23 AM PDT by Republic (Jedem das Seinesc)
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To: chris_bdba

AH-thanks for the info...they should OPEN it (probably no one is there) to accept the wounded and get them off the streets.


21 posted on 06/20/2009 11:09:01 AM PDT by Republic (Jedem das Seinesc)
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To: immadashell
Isn't that JUST ABOUT THE TRUTH!

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!)

22 posted on 06/20/2009 11:10:50 AM PDT by Republic (Jedem das Seinesc)
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To: Republic

>Their loud voices calling only for God is filled with fear, hatred, and hope.<

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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.


23 posted on 06/20/2009 11:19:48 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: stboz

A few?
The whole lot deserve a beat down.


24 posted on 06/20/2009 11:20:36 AM PDT by Joe Boucher
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To: chris_bdba

25 posted on 06/20/2009 11:23:51 AM PDT by TravisBickle (Are you talkin' to me?)
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To: TravisBickle

Thank-you!


26 posted on 06/20/2009 12:18:32 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: 353FMG
Iranians didn't celebrate 911. They held candlelight vigils instead.

Those people in the streets of Iran are the best allies that Americans could have.

27 posted on 06/20/2009 12:35:22 PM PDT by Blue State Insurgent (OY IRAN)
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To: 353FMG

Will these same voices shout “death to the infidels” when this mess is over?

No

You're thinking of Saudis and Palestinians and Arabs in general. Many Iranians actually sympathized with the US after 9/11.
28 posted on 06/20/2009 2:30:18 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat (I'm learning Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashtu, and Russian so someday you won't have to)
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To: 353FMG

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.


29 posted on 06/20/2009 2:54:10 PM PDT by b4its2late (I love defenseless animals, especially in a good gravy.)
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