Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Big Day

So the big day is here and the regime is apparently trying to prevent people from getting together but thousands have managed to start their rally. Total news blackout from Iran.

I am reading about some heavy clashes in Enghelab Sq, Tehran.

This blog has major updates from Tehran and seems to have accurate info. Reports of intense clashes have also appeared in twitter.com

So the tactic is to stop people, arrest them and block them from getting to assembly site. I'm reading about heavy clashes in Tehran.

Updated @ 9:35 am ET: There seems to be a bad case of news black out from inside of Iran. I can't access any of my contacts. I have heard confirmed reports of explosion/blast in Khomeini's grave. I'm hearing that the govt has shut down public transit system, possibly to prevent people from commuting to the assembly sites.

Updated at 10am: The blast in Khomeini's shrine could very well be the work of the regime. They have done this before. Every time they are desperate for public support, they resort to killing innocent people and blame it on their opponents.

Updated 10:25 am ET: Reports of street fighting in Tehran. The blogger says "Tehran protesters coming in waves, will go on till dark & beyond. This no longer rally but street fighting".

Video from Tehran via BBC. Check the volume of gunfire.

Updated at 11:15am ET: Reports of sporadic gunfire & low flying helicopter in Tehran's Keshavarz blvd north of Enghelab Sq.

Fresh video from Tehran showing people chanting amid chaos and confusion.

Updated at 2pm ET: Our man in Tehran has graphic videos - WARNING: GRAPHIC - Watching them made me very sad and angry today. So far, 4 individuals have been shot to death in Tehran.

Updated at 2:30pm ET: Pics from Tehran and more here

Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi interview with BBC Radio. It's time for unity.

Updated at 3:25pm: New videos and photos from Iran. The unrest is not limited to Tehran alone. Major cities in Iran are scenes of violence and unrest.

Fresh video from Tehran. This is an anti-regime revolution. Wish the Iranians good luck!

18 comments:

saggezard said...

Just heard a live report by a caller on VOA Persian from Tehran: major clashes and one said from Ferdowsi square "the guards are driving tankers with boiling water to spray the crowds"

Azadi square: huge mist of tear gas covers the square, major clashes, the riot police attacked and beat people and were beaten back severely by the crowd. Helicopters flying over the crowds.

Winston said...

thnx for the updates

Yikes said...

Unfortunately, it sounds like the regime is being fairly successful in keeping the crowds smaller, which puts the people in more danger.

azadi eshgheman said...

LOOK AT THIS!!!!!! VIDEO HOW THE ELECTIONS HAVE BEEN RIGGED!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6nPCO4i3PA

azadi eshgheman said...

From http://www.krsi.net radio sedaye iran i heard two people calling who got in touch with somebody in iran: plainclothes agents are chasing the crowd, people hiding them in private houses, agents breaking inside, arresting everybody, putting on fire houses, cars... a huge chaos

saggezard said...

Reports on BBC Persian, Tehran video images show earlier today large crowds of pedestrians walking towards the epicenter: Enghelab Square. BBC announcer asks a caller whether it is worth it for people to confront the regime! Most callers and emailers are turning their anger directly at supreme leader Khamenei for his threats yesterday.

Winston said...

Saggezard, I am certain this is a full blown revolt against the regime we are witnessing today.

Louise said...

Go read Michael Ledeen's article on Pajamas Media. Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi has translated a posting from a website owned by defected members of the Revolutionary Guard. The arm of oppression is fracturing. They are joining with the people. I'm linking to it on my blog in today's round-up.

saggezard said...

BBC Persian shows recent video of man soaked in blood being carried away by protesters on Tehran's Kargar Street.

Report from Tehran: Since 3PM all entrances and junctions around Enghelab square blocked by Basij, 4pm large crowds break through the blockades and make way to the square, clashes, shots fired, crowds take cover, one man bleeding was witnessed running away.

saggezard said...

BBC Persian caller Siamak says: The crowds are amazingly huge in central Tehran, people walking towards the epicenter by route of Sattarkhan and Tohid Square clashing with a very resistant Basij that is out of batons and is using cables and sticks to bet people but the crowd penetrates toward Enghelab Square.

FearlessDream said...

You can blow out a candle
But you can't blow out a fire
Once the flames begin to catch
The wind will blow it higher....

And the eyes of the world are
watching now....
watching now....

"Biko" (Peter Gabriel)

Anonymous said...

Formercorpsman

The future of Iran are in my thoughts everyday.

I just watched a daughter of Iran give up her soul.

Godspeed.

saggezard said...

Death to the Islamic republic.

BBC Persian: showed a video of a young man who had just been shot in the abdomen. A villager called from Gilan province and tells the announcer that he is protesting along with seventy other villagers, he further says Islamic republic is killing innocent people who question a clear fraud, then the regime calls itself pious and blame America for everything.

nicholasjacob said...

It's making me sad and angry too, Winston. And the fact that it took Obama SEVEN hours after the first bullets were fired to issue a statement makes me sick. He's deplorable.

FearlessDream said...

I just heard on CNN that some are now saying "Death to Khamenei!" Is this true?! I hope Khamenei falls hard on his arse in this new revolution.

Anonymous said...

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbdEf0QRsLM

saggezard said...

True, the demonstrators' anger is now directed towards Khamenei and the establishment. The crowds were very careful not to cross that dangerous line but the regime's brutal crackdown and his sermon yesterday was a turning point. In many of today's videos Down with Khamenei could be heard.