Posts Tagged ‘Police’
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
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.”
The linked pictures are reportedly from the the streets of Tehran. Many riot police and plainclothes police can be seen.
There are reports that Enghelab Square is fi;;ed with police and plainclothes police and that many many people are getting arrested.
This is a video of Iranian demonstators embracing the police. It is in Persian with English subtitles. This is a huge event if the police are no longer attacking the Iranian people.
There are reports from ABC in an article written by Robert Fisk that 500 Iranian Special Forces broke up clashes between pro-Ahmadinejad forces and pro-Mousavi demonstrators. The special forces usually take the side of Ahmadinejad’s Basij militia, but today were seen keeping the Basij militia away from Mousavi supporters. Whether this is representative of all Iranian military from now or the actions of an individual group remain to be seen, though the ABC article goes on to say, ‘quite a lot of policeman are beginning to smile towards the demonstrators of Mr Mousavi’.
While many Mousavi supporters have expressed that this is expected, many are still hesitant to take the account offered in the ABC article at face value without further verification. There has been much deception by the Iranian government and heavy infilitration by the Ministry of Defense. Some are wary of false reports that will lure Mousavi reporters into a false sense of security.
Link to news article by ABC’s Robert Fisk