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'At least 19 killed by gov't forces in Iran clashes Saturday'
Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/20/2009 | Sabina Amidi

Posted on 06/20/2009 6:21:58 PM PDT by mojito

CNN on Saturday night reported that at least 19 people had died as a result of gunfire from government forces during the demonstrations in Teheran, Shiraz and Isfehan. The news network based the report on eyewitness accounts of medical officials in Teheran's hospitals.

CNN also quoted unconfirmed reports that put the actual death toll at 150.

A week of massive street protests over the results of Iran's presidential elections escalated into open defiance of the entire regime on Saturday, when thousands took to the streets of Teheran chanting "Death to the Dictatorship."

Ignoring the Friday warning by Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to call off the protests and accept the official contention that incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the June 12 elections, Reformist opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi insistently renewed his demand that the vote be annulled, and indicated that he was prepared for "martyrdom" should he lose his life as a consequence of his and his supporters' defiance.

....It was not clear if police were firing live ammunition, although voices audible in video footage from Teheran claimed live bullets were being fired. There were reports of several dozen casualties, and the video clips showed several protesters who appeared to be badly hurt. "They are killing my brothers," one man is heard crying in footage apparently filmed in Teheran on Saturday.

Latest reports shortly before press time said protesters had set fire to a gas station in the capital.

(Excerpt) Read more at jpost.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: deathtoll; elections; iran; iranviolence2009; studentmovement
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To: mojito

When will Europe and the UN allow us to get involved?


21 posted on 06/20/2009 6:57:22 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: Shady
Yep! This is not just some students like in 96(?) it is the whole populace
22 posted on 06/20/2009 6:59:53 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: longhorn too

All the more reason why we should support them if not in action or deed then certainly by word.


23 posted on 06/20/2009 7:02:18 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: mojito
Obama sighed, people died.

24 posted on 06/20/2009 7:10:18 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: mojito
Likely scenario--

Protesters get tired of militia and police killing demonstrators and throw Molotov cocktails into police stations in middle of night. They track militia members to homes and drag them out after hours and make example of them.

Whenever anyone kills a fellow countryman at the government's behest there will be hell to pay....

25 posted on 06/20/2009 7:10:25 PM PDT by freebilly
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To: mojito
Her name was Neda, which in Persian means divine message or voice. Search the bold text and you will see her look into the camera in one last pleading defiant act.

At 19:05 June 20th, Place: Karekar Ave., at the corner crossing Khosravi St. and Salehi st.

A young woman who was standing aside with her father watching the protests was shot by a basij member hiding on the rooftop of a civilian house. He had clear shot at the girl and could not miss her. However, he aimed straight her heart. I am a doctor, so I rushed to try to save her. But the impact of the gunshot was so fierce that the bullet had blasted inside the victim’s chest, and she died in less than 2 minutes.

The protests were going on about 1 kilometers away in the main street and some of the protesting crowd were running from tear gass used among them, towards Salehi St.

May God hear my prayers for the soul of Neda, the divine message. May He give her peace and the freedom that she died seeking. May He also bless the ones who bring the light of truth to my eyes, so that those who seek darkness fail.


26 posted on 06/20/2009 7:10:37 PM PDT by frithguild (Can I drill your head now?)
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To: mojito

News from Iran from this twitterer, tweeter? http://twitter.com/jenafern


27 posted on 06/20/2009 7:24:39 PM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann in 2012. With Liz Cheney as Secretary of State.)
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To: Ev Reeman

“The more the Iranian government cracks down, the more power they put in the hands of the dissident factions..”

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The Iranian government has not even begun to crack down on the dissidents.


28 posted on 06/20/2009 7:37:16 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Could this be the test that Joe Biden said would occur?

If it is, he has already FAILED it!

29 posted on 06/20/2009 7:37:36 PM PDT by boatbums (Pro-woman, pro-child, pro-life!)
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To: mojito

Where is the UN? Where is Jimmy Carter? Where are all the human rights groups? This is disgusting.


30 posted on 06/20/2009 7:39:39 PM PDT by oldvike
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To: Lizavetta
So where’s the Johnny-on-the-spot United Nations?

Oh gawd, you want to inflict them on the Iranians too?

31 posted on 06/20/2009 7:42:49 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|"AlsoSprachTelethustra"-NonValueAdded|Lk21:36|FireTheLiar)
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To: Milly
I think he might get an F on this test..

Another F?

32 posted on 06/20/2009 7:43:48 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|"AlsoSprachTelethustra"-NonValueAdded|Lk21:36|FireTheLiar)
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To: longhorn too

‘You know I feel kind of embarrassed that I may TALK a good game of dissent but those people are sacrificing their lives for freedom.’

I know. I feel the same way. I sometimes wish I was there. I don’t exactly know what I’d do if I WAS there, but sitting here watching video clips and reading coverage of the events just doesn’t seem good enough. Maybe I’d feel a little better if we had an American president instead of a Kenyan national who’s taking his orders from some of the worst dregs on the planet. An American president would speak on behalf of us and on behalf of all freedom-loving citizens of the world. This douchebag doesn’t know what to do.


33 posted on 06/20/2009 7:53:28 PM PDT by joejm65
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To: oldvike

Amen to that.

My bet is you will not hear a peep from any of the entities you listed.

And even if you do, it will be such a muted watered down statement, it will make you sick to your stomach.


34 posted on 06/20/2009 7:55:03 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: longhorn too
You know I feel kind of embarrassed that I may TALK a good game of dissent but those people are sacrificing their lives for freedom.

Don't we all.

The Iranian people are standing up, unarmed, to a brutal dictatorship, and giving their lives for their freedom. They are facing up to odds that we Americans will never have to face in our own internal struggles to come.

I hope we remember them well, and do them (and our ancestors) proud this coming 9/12 in DC.

35 posted on 06/20/2009 8:15:36 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: mojito

The irony of Ahmadinejad now being in president of a country being torn apart by rioting students is stunning considering he was one of those “students” responsible for taking Americans hostage for 444 days. Wondering if he thinks student activists are such a great thing at this point?


36 posted on 06/20/2009 8:15:51 PM PDT by Jackson57
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To: oldvike
Where is the UN? Where is Jimmy Carter? Where are all the human rights groups? This is disgusting.

They are all complete and utter cowards. Even from the safety of thousands of miles distance, they sit mute.

The left has only the "courage" to attack the good - never the truly evil.

37 posted on 06/20/2009 8:19:05 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

That is because the left IS evil and the further left you are the more evil you are.


38 posted on 06/20/2009 8:35:04 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: Ev Reeman
That is because the left IS evil and the further left you are the more evil you are.

Oh yes, the hard-core leftists are most definitely evil, but your rank and file moonbat liberals are who I'm referring to.

They don't have the stones to look real, blood-dripping evil in the face, and spit in its eye.

They save all of their vitriol and hatred for safe targets, like conservatives and patriots, who want nothing more than the freedom and liberty promised to every American by the Founders.

39 posted on 06/20/2009 8:53:20 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: vladimir998

was CNN showing the twitter names on their reportings? leading to arrests? there was a tweet for CNN to stop doing this, wasn’t sure if it’s true?


40 posted on 06/20/2009 9:10:23 PM PDT by blueplum
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