It's been reported that the riots in Tehran began with as many as 20,000 people and it is now growing by the hour. Police and security forces are directed to shoot at rioters. Regime's own militias (basijis) are out in force trying to suppress the people. Heavy clashes have been reported in downtown Tehran in front of the ministry of Interior. video from Tehran.
I'll keep you posted as things develop in Iran. photos, more photos
I just tried to call a friend in Iran. All cell phone services are shut down. Major news websites are blocked and regular land-line phones are really hard to access from this corner of the world. But from what I could hear the riots are unprecedented. The regime has been brutal in its crack down of protesters. I am doing the reporting on Twitter.com. It reaches more people at the same time. Follow me there if you like.
Updated: The news out of Tehran and other major cities is so overwhelming and shocking that I don't think it can be properly reported on my small blog. Explosions heard in and around Kouye-Daneshgah of Tehran (scene of 1998 bloody protests). Here are some pictures
Updated 2: The demonstrations have spread to major university campuses in Isfahan, Mashad, Babol and else where.
Updated 3: Brother of ex-president Khatami is detained. Many important reformist figures are arrested.
Updated 4: al-AP reports heavy street fighting taking place in Tehran.
Updated 5: Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, the son of the Shah, calls for an end to the regime in his newest statement.
Updated at 9:45 pm ET: Regime is now cutting off electricity to parts of Tehran. It claims the cut off is due to grid repair. It's believed that security forces are preparing for a massive attack on opposition groups in the morning/daylight. I'll keep you posted