BLOOD BATH: Iran Gov Forces Thwart Mass Rally


FACEBOOK: Basij shots to death a young woman in Tehran’s Saturday June 20th protests At 19:05 June 20th Place: Karekar Ave., at the corner crossing Khosravi St. and Salehi st. A young woman who was standing aside with her father watching the protests was shot by a basij member hiding on the rooftop of a civilian house. He had clear shot at the girl and could not miss her. However, he aimed straight her heart. I am a doctor, so I rushed to try to save her. But the impact of the gunshot was so fierce that the bullet had blasted inside the victim’s chest, and she died in less than 2 minutes. The protests were going on about 1 kilometers away in the main street and some of the protesting crowd were running from tear gass used among them, towards Salehi St. The film is shot by my friend who was standing beside me. Please let the world know. MORE

CNN: Unconfirmed reports put the death toll as high as 150 on the seventh day of post-election protests. Sources at one Tehran hospital confirmed 19 deaths Saturday. MORE

NEW YORK TIMES: The violence unfolded on a day of extraordinary tension across Iran, as opposition protesters swore to continue pressing their claims of a stolen election against Iran’s embattled and increasingly impatient clerical leadership. Iran’s divisions played out on the streets. Regular security forces stood back and urged protesters to go home and avoid bloodshed, while the feared pro-government militia, the Basij, beat protesters with clubs and, witnesses said, electric prods. In some places, the protesters pushed back, rushing the militia in teams of hundreds: At least three Basijis were pitched from their motorcycles, which were then set on fire. The protesters included many women, who even berated as “cowards” men who fled the basijis. There appeared to be tens of thousands of protesters in Tehran, far fewer than the mass demonstrations earlier this week, possibly because of intimidation. A BBC journalist at Revolution Square reported seeing one person shot by security forces. MORE

BBC: Basically, the security forces have really tried hard to pre-empt this demonstration. They set up a big presence there before the demonstration was due to start. What seems to be going on is a concerted government attempt, a much more organised crackdown than we’ve seen since the election. They’ve got a strategy, or least a tactic, for dealing with these demonstrations. They have massed themselves today. They are in these running battles with the protesters but at the very least they seem to have prevented the mass of protesters from coming together and for the moment those government forces seem to have the upper hand. MORE

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