Posts Tagged ‘basij’
There are unconfirmed reports that in areas of Tehran police began firing on Basij militia. Currently these claims cannot be confirmed.
There are also reports that women have become the main target of the Basij. Women have taken a large part in the protests following the June 12th election, which opposition figures and protesters are calling illegitimate.
There are also reports of increased violence around Enghelab Square, as well as many other places.
There are confirmed reports that many embassies are being blocked by Basij and Police. There are unconfirmed reports that ALL Embassies are blocked. Lists of Embassies and their status can be confirmed here: http://bit.ly/PVPkx
This just came in as a comment on my post. I cannot confirm yet, but it sounds like something they would do.
“I called the swiss-US embassy. Basij and army are around it , it’s now impossible to enter. Iranian army repelled the swiss embassy guards who tried to make 20 people enter.”
If you can confirm please do.
There are confirmed reports that Mosuavi is giving a speech on Jeyhoon Street in Tehran. This comes amid reports that there are great quantities of people at the rally, but they are split into many groups by police, Basij, and IRG. Reports say he said, “I am ready for Martyrdom.”
There are reports from Iran that the Basij are all over Iran and have set up roadblocks on most streets. There is reportedly no sign of the Army or Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG) though.
Supreme Leader Khamenei has promised to use the Army and IRG to suppress any further protests, but Mousavi, Karoubi, and Khatami are all going to attend a massive rally today (Saturday) at 4PM. It remains to be seen what the government response is. If it is violent, as promised, one can only imagine what the international response will be.
Khamenei Blames Activists for Tehran University Death- Supreme Leader blames the Iranian activists for the deaths of Basij members and students
he New York Times reports that the Basij say (through the Publican Relations of Ansar Hezbollah) that the number of their attacks will increase and begin occuring during the day as well. This could be the start of a more brutal crackdown.
The world can only hope is not the case. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/19/world/middleeast/19basij.html?_r=2&hp