On Tuesday and Wednesday, Iranian Revolutionary Guard and security forces under the command of the Supreme Ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei brutally attacked protesters in Tehran and other parts of Iran. Reports indicated that militia members fired into crowds at will and used clubs and axes to bludgeon protesters. Thousands have been injured, with perhaps hundreds dead.
Gateway Pundit – Crackdown in Baharestan Square
ThreatsWatch.Org – Unimaginable Horror in Tehran Today (with CNN video):
An Iranian blogger (whose URL I will not publish) live blogging from Baharestan Square in central Tehran today captures but brief glimpses of the unimaginable horror that took place today … From the live blogger’s eyewitness account:
>More than 10.000 Bassij Milittias get position in Central Tehran, including Baharestan Sq.
>Army Helycopters flying over Baharestan and Vali Asr Sq.
>The streets, squares and around BAHARESTAN (Approx. South-eastern of Tehran) is swarming with military forces, civilian forces, the security motorists
>The croud have moved to the south of baharestan, the situation is bad, the shooting has started
>In Baharestan Sq. in the Police shooting, A girl is shot and the police is not allowing to let them help
>In Baharestan we saw militia with axe choping people like meat – blood everywhere – like butcher
The Anchoress – Massacre in Tehran? (a must-read extensive news roundup):
ABC correspondant Lara Setrakian twitters:
they are beating people severely. helicopters all over the city finding protesters & telling guards so they go attack
[from source], hearing from Iran: people are hoarding the injured in their homes because they’re afraid of going to hospitals
It is fair to say that no one expected the size and intensity of the protests that followed the rigged Presidential election a few weeks ago. The hardline clerics who rule Iran have resolved to crush the protests and certify the election results. But they cannot crush the spirit of the Iranian people, especially the women of Iran, who for the first time stood side-by-side with male protesters. The martyrdom of a vibrant young woman, Neda Agha-Soltan has united the people of Iran and the people of the world against the brutal Islamist dictatorship that has ruled the nation for thirty years.
Experts say that even though large-scale protests may subside, sit-ins, strikes, and more peaceful gatherings will continue, as the people defy the government and force it to delegitimize itself by using violence to crush peaceful protests. We can only hope and pray that the days of the oppressive, warmongering government of Iran are truly numbered.