Wednesday, June 24, 2009

It's Happening Again

These are some of the latest tweets from one of my sources actually on the ground in Tehran (although some of them are hours old but these are not merely retweeted but the source):
all shops was closed - nowhere to go - they follow ppls with helicopters - smoke and fire is everywhere

in Baharestan we saw militia with axe choping ppl like meat - blood everywhere - like butcher - Allah Akbar

they catch ppl with mobile - so many killed today - so many injured - Allah Akbar - they take one of us

Lalezar Sq is same as Baharestan - unbelevable - ppls murdered everywhere

they pull away the dead into trucks - like factory - no human can do this - we beg Allah for save us

Everybody is under arrest & cant move - Mousavi - Karroubi even rumour Khatami is in house guard

we must go - dont know when we can get internet - they take 1 of us, they will torture and get names - now we must move fast -

It seems to be even worse than it was on Saturday. What the hell is going on? Mousavi had asked the protesters to be more lowkey. What could've possibly have started this massacre?

A partial answer is from this Iranian blogger named Nite Owl who's been tirelessly translating reliable dispatches through twitter from Farsi into English. The opposition movement that's backing Mousavi seems earnest but disorganized. This is what he has to say:
Although most sources had confirmed that there was going to be a strike today in Tehran, the city had only partially closed down its shops. Throughout the day reports kept arriving that Mousavi had not ordered the strike, however, most people continued urging protesters to comply with the strike. It seemed that there was a complete lack of coordination between the movement and its leader. This is the first time it has happened, however, and seems to be a direct result of government’s tireless efforts at trying to jam communications between protesters and their leaders.

This isn't at all surprising since Mousavi hasn't been seen since Thursday (although there's no truth as yet to the rumor that he's been placed under house arrest) and he hasn't any chance of even having a proxy speak on his behalf.

But the source of the violence is almost surely in retaliation for the partial strike called for by Mousavi and if my Iranian source on the ground is any indication, people are literally getting cut to pieces and their bodies stacked and carted away like cord wood. He continues:
The city of Tehran was literally crawling with Basijis and police. There were roadblocks everywhere and the streets were heavily patrolled by the security forces. Most sources complained that going outside was dangerous for anyone – even if the person wasn’t a protester as security forces continued to beat up anyone they could get their hands on.

Yet I haven't heard any declaration of martial law coming out of Tehran or anywhere in Iran, as if they were trolling and looking for people to kill and beat. Nite Owl again (and I've been hearing abominable stories such as this for days now):
There was also sickening news of security forces asking the families of protesters who’d been killed for large sums of money – typically between 3-5 thousand dollars - as a “bullet fee” if they wanted the bodies of their dead relatives back. At least two cases were confirmed by our reliable sources, but it seems to have not picked up with MSM yet. Also, relatives of protesters went today to Evin prison to see if they could get information about the ones arrested recently. They were turned away without a chance to verify whether their relatives were in custody.

I've heard of the $3000 bullet fee. I didn't know they were asking for as much as $5000. This doesn't seem to make any sense.

Mr. President, this is no longer an internal, Iranian matter. Since Saturday at least, this is a human rights emergency and we need to get involved now.


At June 24, 2009 at 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This will happen in the United States when people start to resist the dictator Obama. He will call up his National Defense Corp which will be made up of black panthers, acorn and others willing to beat and kill Americans that resist like the brave Iranians are doing now.

At June 24, 2009 at 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous, that is so wrong, in so many ways, on so many different levels, i can't even begin to respond. except to remind you it was GW Bush who referred to our Constitution as a, quote, Goddamned piece of paper, unquote. if anyone is/was verging on dictatorship here it was Bush. know what you're talking about.

At June 24, 2009 at 7:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More importantly, this isn't about Americans. This is about Iran, and the people of Iran. Don't capitalize on their predicament to spread your own propaganda... Komenei is doing plenty of that.

At June 24, 2009 at 7:12 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

All the same, it can't be argued that Obama has maintained Bush's era of extreme militarization and hasn't even acknowledged that Infragard even exists.

The more I hear about that man, the less I trust him.

But to the first Anon, you're still a fool. It won;t be Black Panthers or Acorn who'll be beating down your door. It'll be Obama's own basiji paid for by your tax dollars.

At June 24, 2009 at 7:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, i'm still surprised the Bushies never got around to rounding me up. i guarantee you i was on some list or other, just not near the top, thank god.

At June 24, 2009 at 8:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a fake story!!

Today (Wed 24th), there was a demo of appx. 200 people who were moved on my the Iranian police without incident. Who comes out with these stories for god's sake?!

At June 24, 2009 at 8:05 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Uh, the people on the ground in Tehran, the dude with the axe wound in his chest. You know, people like that.


At June 24, 2009 at 8:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a joke. Check you sources next time please before announcing something that didn't happen.

Muhamed, Iran

At June 24, 2009 at 8:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The dude in the photo was from last week, and god bless him1

At June 24, 2009 at 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

U guyz funny!
who cares about america? Iran is beeing murdered....and ya`ll start talkin about Obama and disguide the whole topic!


At June 24, 2009 at 9:18 PM, Blogger PK said...

Freakin' Americans... Thousands being killed in Iran and all some can whine about is Obama.

At June 24, 2009 at 9:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, Bush did not call the Constitution any such thing. Please stop spreading these silly stories.

On topic, the barbarity of this regime is astonishing and sickening. What, if anything, can be done to support these people in a meaningful way?

Laurie K

At June 24, 2009 at 9:32 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Yeah, Laurie, because we all know Bush's unabiding reverence for the fucking Constitution. I'm amazed the man didn't have strips of it hanging in the Oval Office bathroom.


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