Friday, March 04, 2011

Tuesday's Protests

Been so busy, I have not been able to write about the protests which took place on Tuesday across several Iranian cities. Here is a summary translation of how a friend on the ground described the events on Tuesday:

The movement in spreading. Government has been able to localize its censorship and can cut Internet, telephone and communication of different parts of the city separately (in Tehran at least). Islam Shahr uprising shows that the movement is spreading everywhere. Ayatollah Dastgheib's showdown with Ayatollah Khamenei shows that a growing (however slow) number of religious leaders are breaking away from the system. The regime is increasing the brutality. I heard gun shots but did not see anyone with gunshot wound. Yesterday evening was extremely cold and rainy and dark so it was hard to keep up with the visual aspect of the events. The guards are becoming extremely ruthless and they are bringing some new forces which look very strange. I mean we already know how a ruthless bastard Islamic radical guard looks and the way their eyes look at you as if there is nothing behind their eyes except an empty black void, but these people were mixed with the rest of the police and normal anti-riot police (that are just doing their job); now there are more of these "psychopath looking weirdos" and some of them don't even speak Persian.

On the negative side, it is inevitable that the peaceful movement will turn violent in the days to come. The regime is leaving no other option for the people.

Footages from Tuesday protests:

Nawab Street Protests:
[Independence, Freedom, an Iranian Republic]

Forsat Street: [Death to the Dictator]

Arrests and tear gas used in Mashad

Anti Riot Guards on Bikes in Shiraz


Juniper in the Desert said...


in the vanguard said...

Nothing new in Iran since this post?
It's probably the only revolution in the Middle East that really wants democracy. All the revolutions for "democracy", despite the wants of an intelligent minority, will never see the light of day. Iran's, however, has a precedent, and hopefully, a good ending.