13 dead in Tehran protests - extremely graphic videoJune 21st, 2009 - 4:46 pm ICT by John Le Fevre
Iranian state TV is broadcasting unconfirmed reports that at least 13 people that it has labeled as “terrorists” were killed and over 100 injured in clashes with security forces during protests on Saturday.
The reports also claim “rioters” set fire to two petrol stations and the Lolagar mosque, and attacked a military post.
Eyewitness reported police used batons, tear gas and water cannon in response to Saturday’s protests, as well as attacks on protesters by large groups of plain-clothed Basiji militia – religious paramilitaries who see themselves as the shock troops of the Islamic revolution.
Protesters reported the deaths of a number of protesters and an extremely graphic video clip was posted on the video sharing website (http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=bbdEf0QRsLM) showing a young Iranian woman dying from what appeared to be a gun shot wound.
Amateur video suggested clashes also erupted on Saturday in the southern city of Shiraz and violence was also reported in Isfahan, south of Tehran.
The continuing protests are in response to last weeks presidential elections which saw hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad returned for a second term with a claimed 63 percent of the vote.
The protests went ahead despite a direct demand from the country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to end them and accept President Ahmadinejad’s victory in the elections.
Iranian newspapers today carried details of a letter, allegedly sent to main opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi from Iran’s police chief, Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam, in which he warned that police would “decisively confront” any further unrest.
Foreign media in Iran are subject to heavy restrictions which have prevented reporters from leaving their offices to confirm many reports. However, a BBC reporter said he saw one man shot and others injured amid fighting, with streets littered with burning debris.
The cellular telephone network and internet are also being heavily censored, though Iranian protesters are still managing to get first-hand reports of the protests to the outside world using the microblogging platform Twitter.
BBC Correspondents throughout Tehran have reported that the nightly call by opposition protesters from the rooftops of Tehran of Allahu Akhbar - God is Great - seems to get louder and longer as the protest movement continues to gather support.
Other correspondents report the situation remains tense in the capital, with “thousands of men from every possible service: police, Revolutionary Guard, military police, the riot police in full riot gear, and the much-feared Basiji” on the streets.
It is not certain whether protesters will again take to the streets on Sunday in pursuit of their demands for fresh elections and electoral reform.
Iran Protest Video
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