20 Jun

Iran, The World is Watching, June 20th

4:04 PM ET — Freeway overtaken by battle with the basij. Reported to be from today, near Azadi Square. It’s a bit difficult to tell what’s happening here but it seems that the basij are the smaller crowd on the right hand side, being confronted by the much larger crowd of demonstrators.

3:20 PM ET — Accounts from the ground. From a reader in Iran who I’ve been corresponding with for the last several days:

Just got home…haven’t read you’re blog yet but if there’s a lot of stories about violence I’m sure they’re all true. I don’t know where to start, I’d taken my camera but had the sence to take out the memory card this came in hany as I was serched twice (by Basij) before getting stuck in the middle of hell. If I’d been caught with pictures it would mean jail time and a possible a charge of spying (as I’m a Canadian citizen). Eventually I dropped of the camera at the house of a friend without being able to take any pictures as it would make me a definate target…The chants of death to Khamenei are true…I witnessed peoples fear of the Basij dissapear, an 80 year old chadori woman with rocks in her hands calling for the exacution of khamenei and all Basij…A group of Basij were surrounded and forced in to a building, the front was blocked with garbage and set on fire, They (basij) opened fire on the crowd with what I assume were blanks, the crowed disspersed for a moment the came back with a fury…thats when the molotov cocktails came out. When I moved on the building was on fire…an hour later when I passed by again there wasn’t much of a building left. There was full blown war…there was a young man who had taken all of a basij’s things including their teargas rifle. We were finnaly able to get out on the back of motorcycle…the ride home took 25 minutes,for 15 minutes of it we were passing intermitently though Basij and protesters fires placed to displace the teargas… might I add the 3 hours that we walked through fire we didn’t see one shop or car that had been damaged by protesters…however I just recievedword for the one who was kind enough to keep my camera and other belongings that the Basij had gone into her street and destoryed cars…thats all I can get out for now hope some of it may be useful…I’m pissed I was unable to get pictures.


The world is watching. The people fight back against the Basiji.


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