See TehranLive.org for more excellent photos from the protests, today.
Via Anonymous Iran:
” Pouya, Sadegh (names)”
“Hi- Where are you” “Beat them”
“Enghelab Ave. – Vali Asr Ave….Go there and beat them”
“These Foreigners have gone there to demonstrate, beat them silly, tear them apart, push them toward north, there more Basiji there to beat them”
“Very fast, don’t waste time”
“Jalil (name) go to Enghelab Ave. fast and beat them up”
“Listen, beat and tear them apart, break their legs, god would like that”
“Mohammad – Sadegh – Jalil (Names)”
“Go to east side, about 350 people are gathering there, beat them hard, tear the bodies apart, all of them, send them all to Kahrizak,(the famous prison which beat, turture and rape many prisoners in north of Teharn)”
“Hello Ahmad(name) I can’t hear you, yes yes, good news I hope”
“You go ahead and tear them apart, I will take the blame, don’t worry, do it right now”
“There are 8 to 10 old ladies there, beat them up and clean them up”
“From Enghelab Ave. downward, send small group there”
“Emad – Sadegh (names), do them real fast, beat them and wait for my order there”
“Emad 2, Emad 2 (name) where are you?…They have attacked the fire department (People) , they have burnt their fire cars, get there fast and stop them, you all wait there and be alarm, wait for my order”
Audio of radio transmission at Anonymous Iran.
One of their victims:
Homylafayette Iran News In English reports:
Demonstrators had expected that the regime would refrain from using excessive force because of the peaceful nature of the holy month of Moharram. But footage and photos coming out of Iran indicate that the opposite occurred and that security forces resorted to violence that had been unseen since the deadly protests of this summer.
Seyed Ali Habibi Mousavi (nephew of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi) is reportedly among the dead.
More videos from today’s protests, at Tehran Bureau.
From the looks of the pictures I’ve seen, and the video below…the Basij themselves were in danger of being torn apart by enraged protesters:
People have cornered these security forces. People ask them ‘why do you do this to your people?’ and the riot guards ask for forgiveness, ‘Bebakhshid’ they can be heard to say. ‘You are Yazid’s – …
Here, protesters attack an anti-riot van:
Is the Iranian government teetering on the brink?
Doug Ross thinks so.
The Obama administration finally issued a statement condemning the regime’s violence. Business Week reports:
The Obama administration today “strongly” condemned a crackdown by Iranian security forces on protesters in Tehran that left at least five people dead.
The deaths and more than 300 arrests were reported in a police statement carried by the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency. One of the people killed was the 35-year-old nephew of Mir Hossein Mousavi, a former prime minister and the main challenger in the disputed June 12 presidential election, Mousavi’s Kaleme.org Web site reported. The New York Times reported at least five more deaths in other cities.
“We strongly condemn the violent and unjust suppression of civilians in Iran seeking to exercise their universal rights,” National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer said in a statement. “Governing through fear and violence is never just.”
Obama surfaced briefly in Hawaii, (seen above) but has not yet had anything to say about the ongoing revolt in Iran, which Charles Krauthammer finds “unforgivable”.
Nile Gardiner, writing for the UK Telegraph, concurs:
Now once again huge street protests have flared up on the streets of Tehran and a number of other major cities, with several protesters shot dead this weekend by the security forces and Revolutionary Guards, reportedly including the nephew of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, and dozens seriously injured. And again there is deafening silence from the Commander-in-Chief as well as his Secretary of State. And where is the president? On vacation in Hawaii, no doubt recuperating from his exertions driving forward the monstrous health care reform bill against the overwhelming will of the American public and without a shred of bipartisan support.
This is not however a time for fence-sitting by the leader of the free world. The president should be leading international condemnation of the suppression of pro-democracy protesters, and calling on the Iranian dictatorship to free the thousands of political dissidents held in its torture chambers. Just as Ronald Reagan confronted the evils of Soviet Communism, Barack Obama should support the aspirations of the Iranian people to be free. The United States has a major role to play in inspiring and advancing freedom in Iran, and the president should make it clear that the American people are on the side of those brave Iranians who are laying down their lives for liberty in the face of tyranny