15 June 2009

Iranian government fires on protestors

The BBC reports that shots have been fired at a rally in Iran where hundreds of thousands of people were demonstrating against last week's presidential election results. One protestor is reported to have been killed while numerous reports indicates that many others have been wounded

The BBC's Jon Leyne, in Tehran, says Monday's rally was the biggest demonstration in the Islamic republic's 30-year history and described it as a "political earthquake. The government had outlawed any protest following two days of unrest, with the interior ministry warning that "any disrupter of public security would be dealt with according to the law".

"There has been sporadic shooting out there... I can see people running here," Reuters quoted a reporter of Iran's Press TV as saying from Tehran's Azadi Square. "A number of people who are armed, I don't know exactly who they are, but they have started to fire on people causing havoc in Azadi Square." A photographer at the scene told news agencies that security forces had killed one protester and seriously wounded several others.

He said the shooting began when the crowd attacked a compound used by the Basij a religious militia linked to the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard.

So it begins. I shudder to think how it will end, how many will die.


Frank Partisan said...

If the election was fair, votes would still be counted.

The revolutionary process has started.

Note the quiet response from the US and other imperialist powers. The people in the streets scare the heck out of them.

jams o donnell said...

Agreed Ren, the vote would not have been called for some time if fair.

I am not sure that this is the start of a revolutionary process. There is a lot of anger and the state will murder more protestors but it is not a given that it will reach a critical mass.

Actually I think the West's muted response if the best approach they could ahve taken at this stage.

James Higham said...

Where do you see this thing going, Jams?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Yes, it is terrible and like you, I fear this is only the beginning.

jams o donnell said...

I don't know James. The result has unleashed a lot of anger. The leadership seems to be offering concession (a recount) but I would predict a lot more violence

I fear so Welshcakes. I would not wish to speculate on the end expcet to say more blood will be spilled