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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
It's getting bloody.

It may very well get bloodier over the next 48 hours.

1 posted on 06/20/2009 6:21:58 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

So where’s the Johnny-on-the-spot United Nations?


2 posted on 06/20/2009 6:23:30 PM PDT by Lizavetta (Politicians: When they're not lying, they're stealing.)
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To: Lizavetta

Has Obama had anything to say about events in Iran since the election?

Could this be the test that Joe Biden said would occur? Remember Joe said some events would test this new president.


3 posted on 06/20/2009 6:25:57 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: mojito

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

Poor people. They just want to be free.

At least CNN is finally doing some real reporting!


4 posted on 06/20/2009 6:27:22 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

The TOTUS’ milquetoast statement released today:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2275936/posts

He never met a fence he couldn’t straddle.


5 posted on 06/20/2009 6:28:48 PM PDT by mojito
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To: vladimir998

“Poor people. They just want to be free.”

Too bad they aren’t armed...


6 posted on 06/20/2009 6:31:15 PM PDT by jessduntno (July 4th, 2009. Washington DC. Gadsden Flags. Be There.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I think he might get an F on this test..


7 posted on 06/20/2009 6:32:35 PM PDT by Milly (An Aggie Grama .)
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To: vladimir998
I just want to be free too.

The difference is, unlike the Iranians, I have firearms.

I'm waiting for the Ayatollah Obama and his Congressional Jihadists to send their Goons to take them away from me.

Screw Twitter when you have Smith and Wesson on your side.

8 posted on 06/20/2009 6:32:49 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (One Man's Messiah is another Man's Fuhrer...)
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To: Lizavetta

“”So where’s the Johnny-on-the-spot United Nations?””

OR that great peacemaker Jimmy Carter...I heard he was in the area smoothing the way for more terrorism. Can’t we keep him from reentering the US?


9 posted on 06/20/2009 6:37:06 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: vladimir998

FNC has has had saturated reporting on this all day! I bet Obambi is just seathing about that! If this keeps going - OB’s and ABC’s love affair on Wed. night will be overshadowed!


10 posted on 06/20/2009 6:39:47 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: mojito

http://www.livestream.com/persianq?origin=embedplayer


11 posted on 06/20/2009 6:41:15 PM PDT by Ladycalif (Free - Ramos and Compean)
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To: Red_Devil 232

The more the Iranian government cracks down, the more power they put in the hands of the dissident factions that are rioting throughout Iran not just in the capital. To the Iranian people, I say, good for you. Show the world that you can do this. The power is in your hands. Now is the time to use it. God bless you all who fight for liberty, justice and freedom.


12 posted on 06/20/2009 6:43:00 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: Red_Devil 232

Heh-heh-heh. Sweet revenge!


13 posted on 06/20/2009 6:43:07 PM PDT by Palladin (David Letterman is a dirty old man.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

The more the Iranian government cracks down, the more power they put in the hands of the dissident factions that are rioting throughout Iran not just in the capital. To the Iranian people, I say, good for you. Show the world that you can do this. The power is in your hands. Now is the time to use it. God bless you all who fight for liberty, justice and freedom.


14 posted on 06/20/2009 6:43:08 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: mojito

As our media continues to run rough shot over reality:

Young Iranian dissident, Amir Fakhravar, formerly jailed protestor in Iran. Says protests are about freedom, are against the supreme leader (they have no particular love for Mousavi).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzNr5alD_TQ


15 posted on 06/20/2009 6:44:00 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Red_Devil 232

It should be overshadowed. The fact that our illustrious Dear Leader only FINALLY spoke out today really shows what a gutless POS he really is.

Disgusted.


16 posted on 06/20/2009 6:45:06 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: Ev Reeman
The best thing I have heard today is that the Iran military just could be on the side of these brave Citizens! The Government forces causing the deaths and trying to suppress this revolt are said to be Arabic speaking and not from Iran.
17 posted on 06/20/2009 6:49:54 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: mojito
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.
18 posted on 06/20/2009 6:50:20 PM PDT by longhorn too
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To: Dilbert San Diego

So far he is hiding under his blankee.


19 posted on 06/20/2009 6:52:50 PM PDT by Shady (The Fairness Doctrine is ANYTHING but fair!!!!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

The next 96 hours are going to be very interesting.


20 posted on 06/20/2009 6:54:12 PM PDT by Shady (The Fairness Doctrine is ANYTHING but fair!!!!)
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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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To: mojito

The freedom fight is on.


41 posted on 06/20/2009 9:20:19 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: mojito

” I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” Patrick Henry


42 posted on 06/20/2009 9:24:18 PM PDT by 386wt (Clinging to my clunker here in Ruralville...)
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To: mojito
Unbelievably brave going unarmed up against Iran's rulers and military. Don't see how this can end well for them.

I don't think they are destined to overcome the Ayatollah’s regime. If they do, things may cool down between Iran and Israel and I don't think that will be how it plays out.

Will be interesting to see how the Obamination tries to deal with Iran in the future. How can you legitimately talk with a gov’t that is killing their own people? How will he manage to blame this one on the US?

43 posted on 06/21/2009 5:01:13 AM PDT by Max_850
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To: mojito

I would bet there are many more dead than that. They go to hospitals and any wounded are rounded up and carted off. They have hauled off hundreds, if not thousands, since these protests began. No telling how many of those were killed out of sight of any cameras and cell phones.


44 posted on 06/21/2009 5:14:08 AM PDT by calex59
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Yep, Bozo said he wasn’t going to meddle then, under pressure from congress, he said, well it might not be all that good but, what the hey, and then he referenced his Cairo speech, whatever the hell that has to do with it, and right after a report, and video, of a girl being shot to death on camera was circulated, he took his daughters on yet another outing into public causing traffic jams, needless expense and many gooey reports from the MSM.


45 posted on 06/21/2009 5:17:03 AM PDT by calex59
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To: Red_Devil 232
The best thing I have heard today is that the Iran military just could be on the side of these brave Citizens! The Government forces causing the deaths and trying to suppress this revolt are said to be Arabic speaking and not from Iran.

Ok, here is how it breaks down as far as I can tell: You have three armed organizations in Iran. 1:)The Basij(sp?), they are a gov. militia, used to keep the population under control most of the tims, kind of like a secret police, most of them wear civilian clothes and live in special barracks, they are the ones doing most of the shooting. It is rumored that they are not strong enough to control the large mobs so they brought in members of Hezbollah to help them. 2.)The army, this is the regular armed forces, supposedly they refuse to shoot at citizens, that doesn't mean they support the gov, that means they won't kill their own people. This is very good.3:)The Revolutionary Guard, I believe they are similar to the old Republican Guard of Iraq. I Know at least 16 of them were arrested for actually taking part in the protest. Where the org as a whole stands I don't know.

Most of our news agencies are too busy reporting on the Bozo's jaunt for ice cream to bring us any real news outside of showing violent videos so it is hard to get any info on all these military units. I do know that the military(which one I don't know) was dropping acid laced liquid onto crowds Saturday, among other things.

46 posted on 06/21/2009 5:25:30 AM PDT by calex59
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To: calex59

Thanks for that info!


47 posted on 06/21/2009 5:44:52 AM 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: mojito

Its not about elections anymore ....its about FREEDOM vs ISLAM

They need to Shut down the Airport and the set fire to that big asssed refinery ASAP


48 posted on 06/21/2009 6:54:06 AM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: Travis McGee

If they could light that refinery on fire that would be nice.

Remember when the Iraqi pilots all flew their shiite to Iran

Time to return the favor. And on their way out they could bomb the Tehran Airport. That would send a message. Might make those Palistinians and other foreigners start for home.


49 posted on 06/21/2009 7:27:26 AM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: Red_Devil 232

If the results listed in the editorial are true (nutjob came in a distant 3rd with 5m votes), then it very well could be true.


50 posted on 06/21/2009 7:29:18 AM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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