Iran after the elections: 24 June 2009 - part 2

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hi - if you're here due to a Twitter update, check the bottom of the post.

I'll be updating this post throughout the day as events warrant.

I was out this evening and just got back; it's now almost 9 pm in Tehran and it looks like today was a mess. It was also a day that showed that the protests are nowhere near subsiding. Here's a video of protesters rushing the police.

Another video here of chants of death to the dictator (marg bar diktator) and some gunshots, but luckily they seem to have just been fired into the air. This is from Tehran.

A lot of the clashes today (many are saying it was more of a massacre) are said to have occurred in Baharestan Square (میدان بهارستان), which is in the centre of the city next to the Parliament building. Bahar means Spring (the season) and -estan is a suffix to mean "place of". Golestan (gol = flower) is a flower bed for example.

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Heh, some are miffed at Nico Pitney from the Huffington Post being picked to answer a question, even though he's one of only a few people (Andrew Sullivan is another) that have been on this since the day after the election happened. The question taken directly from an Iranian was far superior to many of the others that had more to do with White House gotcha politics than the situation in Iran itself.

The least surprising news of the day - looks like a lot of people who have been captured are being forced to confess to violent acts and being coerced by Western media on state television. That tactic is as old as human history itself.


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