Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Iran Regime Cracks Down Hard On Protesters

It started with confirmed reports:
Security forces wielding clubs and firing weapons beat back demonstrators who flocked to a Tehran square Wednesday to continue protests, with one witness saying security forces beat people like “animals.”

At least two trusted sources described wild and violent conditions at a part of Tehran where protesters had planned to demonstrate.

“They were waiting for us,” the source said. “They all have guns and riot uniforms. It was like a mouse trap.”

“I see many people with broken arms, legs, heads — blood everywhere — pepper gas like war,” the source said.
Gateway Pundit, who is also has extensive coverage of the protests in Iran, links to Iranian blogger Saeed Valadbaygi--who is liveblogging the protests in Baharestan.

Ed Morrissey has a video from CNN with a description of what is happening.

Also check out liveblogging at The Lede

David Hazony writes:
It was only a few days ago when the popular uprising was waxing, that I could say with a straight face that Western leaders might be doing the right thing in showing restraint. The concern was then about discrediting the revolution inside Iran by seeming to confirm the accusation that it was a U.S. conspiracy.

Well, it’s certainly starting to look like I was wrong. Convinced that the protesters did not have the world on their side, the Mullahs have now unleashed total violence and horror on their own people. Fewer and fewer reports are escaping the hell, and the silencing of our sources inside Iran, one by one, suggests something far worse than the few dozen dead and few hundred arrested that the official news agencies are reporting.

Is it too late for massive Western pressure to make a difference? Is there any chance of it now? [emphasis added]

What is needed now is more than just an improved selection of emotive words.

More at Memeorandum

Crossposted at Soccer Dad

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