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8 Killed, 18 Trash Cans Set Afire In Iran

Some reports from Iran’s Press TV starting in reverse chronological order with this:


In Iran, extent of unrest damage determined

Mon, 28 Dec 2009

One day after clashes erupted between anti-government protestors and security forces in the Iranian capital, Tehran’s Firefighting Organization talks of the extent of the damage.

Speaking to the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Monday, Head of the Public Relations office of Tehran’s Safety Services and Firefighting Organization Behrouz Tashakkor said 838 firefighters were dispatched to various locations in Tehran on Ashura.

"Nine residential buildings, 9 vehicles, 7 shops, 2 banks and 3 power stations were set on fire [by anti-government protestors], " Tashakkor said.

The Iranian official added that "18 garbage bins" were also set on fire.

Protestors took to some central and downtown streets in Tehran on Sunday, hijacking the Ashura ceremonies, during which people commemorate the 7th century death of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) grandson, Imam Hussein (PBUH).

The protesters reportedly chanted slogans against top Iranian government officials. Iranian police forces used tear gas to disperse protestors.

Eight people were confirmed dead during the unrest.

Among those killed on Sunday was Seyyed Ali Mousavi, the nephew of Mir-Hossein Mousavi. Police described his death as "suspicious," saying that investigations into the incident were underway.

Confirming the deaths, Iran’s deputy police chief Ahmad-Reza Radan said the force did not use violence against protesters, denying any involvement in the killings.

And this:

Iranian commander calls protests disgraceful

Mon, 28 Dec 2009

A senior Iranian commander has condemned sporadic anti-government protests in the Iranian capital of Tehran as "disgraceful" and "reproachable."

Protestors on Tuesday took to some central and downtown streets during ceremonies commemorating the 7th century martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) grandson, Imam Hussein (PBUH), known as Ashura.

Brigadier-General Masoud Jazayeri, the deputy commander of Iran’s armed forces, on Monday defined the "actions of a group of hooligans on such days of mourning" as another "low act" incomparable to anything seen before.

He described the "small group of vandals" as marginal compared to "millions of real Ashura mourners."

Jazayeri also called on the judiciary to effectively deal with "the unbelievers and apostates" who had staged the riots in the capital.

At least eight people lost their lives during the Sunday riots which saw protesters chanting slogans against top Iranian government officials.

Confirming four of the deaths, Iran’s deputy police chief Ahmad-Reza Radan said one of the deceased fell from a bridge, two others were hit by cars while one other victim was shot dead by an unknown assailant.

Police identified the person who was shot dead by unknown assailants as Seyyed Ali Mousavi.

Police say the force was not involved in the killings, adding that the incidents are under investigation.

And this:

Eight killed in Iran protests

Mon, 28 Dec 2009

The death toll from Iran’s Sunday anti-government protests in Iran has reached to eight people, Press TV has learned.

An informed source told Press TV that eight people lost their lives during the Sunday unrest.

The Iranian capital on Sunday witnessed sporadic anti-government protests on the anniversary of the Shia Muslim Ashura religious event, with security forces clashing with protesters.

In Tehran, protestors took to some central and downtown streets on Sunday, hijacking the Ashura ceremonies, during which people commemorate the 7th century martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) grandson, Imam Hussein (PBUH).

Several banks, bus stops and a number of trash cans were set on fire during the protests.

The protesters reportedly chanted slogans against top Iranian government officials.

Iranian police forces used tear gas to disperse protestors and there were also reports that they fired shots into the air.

Police say the force was not involved in the killings, adding that the incidents are under investigation.

According to police, dozens of security forces, including Tehran’s police chief Commander Azizollah Rajabzadeh, have been injured.

Isn’t it ironic that there is more coverage in Iran’s state controlled media about these demonstrations than in our own state controlled media?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 28th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “8 Killed, 18 Trash Cans Set Afire In Iran”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    I learned my lesson regarding the MSM and Iran with the June 2009 election protests and should’ve learned it with the Tea Parties. Anything liberty-based at the grass roots level is going to be maligned as anti-peaceful, anti-lawful, and supported only by a small minority of radicals; while any chaotic and destructive protests by rent-a-mobs is lawful and in good democratic faith.

    Some Iranian opposition leaders think the worst thing the US or Israel could do right now is respond to Ahmadinejad’s provocative advances and risk galvanizing the opposition towards Khamenei/Ahmadi instead back against the West. I actually agree with this; if anything our silence is helping this situation ferment naturally, when our idiot leader or someone in his administration could easily spoil this early revolution by doing something like sending John Kerry, who served in Vietnam, to Tehran.

    The Iranians say that if the US really wants to help they can do one simple thing: STOP ELEVATING AHMADI BY TREATING HIM AS IF HE WERE THE COUNTRY’S LEGITIMATE LEADER! No more primetime American media interviews, no more rants at colleges, no more open invitations to come and tell us that it’s his divine mission to destroy the world.

    • Right of the People says:

      The only problem with sending Kerry or Jimmah over there is they would send them back. If they’d be willing to keep them, I’d pay for the airfare in a heartbeat.

    • tranquil.night says:

      One could only playfully hope that Mr. Kerry would get a taste of the true Iranian justice system were he to go there. I still think it’s a mistake and only stands to make things worse for the cause of freedom here and there. We’ve lost credibility in the Middle East over and over for abandoning our fights for deals with tyrants.

      On matters of tough questions like this I try and ask WWRD (What Would Reagan Do?) His whole strategy dealing with the Soviet Bloc was to alienate the leadership and stand with the people – no nuclear armaggedon (and that was with the missiles already pointing at us). Just sayin’, sure worked strategically back then.

      I think June was the biggest foreign policy blunder few people realize. If Twitter hadn’t made the protests so big, the story would’ve remained as marginal as these protests feel now (btw with PressTV arrest and death-tolls, multiply conservatively by 100). The opposition had better structure back then but got cracked down hard. We’ll see though, maybe since the international state complex abandoned them and things are still just getting worse they’ve decided that they’re going to try and do it themselves. Now I’m just nebulizing but yeah, God be with them.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “A senior Iranian commander has condemned sporadic anti-government protests in the Iranian capital of Tehran as “disgraceful” and “reproachable.” “

    Well that’s a relief because at “reprehensible” is when they spring into action and start murdering citizens.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Booger King Barry says that this act is appalling but it is also a State matter.

    “Have you “EVER” seen a bigger puss?


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