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Iran: Police Did Not Shoot Protesters

From Iran’s Press TV:

Police ‘did not shoot’ street protestors

Mon, 22 Jun 2009

Iranian security officials say they did not open fire on protestors during the post-election violence that killed over a dozen people in the country.

Tehran Police Chief Azizallah Rajabzadeh said Monday that his department had no role in the shoot-out that has become the focus of most media outlets in the West.

“Policemen are not authorized to use weapons against people,” said Rajabzadeh. “They are tained to only use anti-riot tools to keep the people out of harms way,” said Rajabzadeh.

Saturday saw some of the worst violence since the election after, according to officilas, some ‘terrorist elements’ infiltrated the rallies.

The insurgents set fire to a mosque, two gas stations and a military post in Western Tehran, leaving13 people dead and 22 wounded.

Supporters of defeated candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi have staged a torrent of rallies to protest the outcome of the June 12 elections — which saw incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad win by a landslide.

The rallies, which have been staged in defiance of a governmental warning, have provoked unprecedented mayhem in the country’s capital over the past nine days.

Nevertheless, security officials managed to restore security in the main streets of Tehran, which had been a scene of heavy clashes.

Rajabzadeh said that Tehran was in peace on Sunday. “We received no reports of riots or any skirmishes today,” said the Iranian Police Chief.

He added that at least 457 people have been identified and arrested for provoking civil unrest.

The arrests come only a day after security officials discovered that the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) had helped intensify the violence.

Founded in the 1960s, MKO is a Marxist guerilla group, which masterminded a slew of terrorist operations in Iran.

And if it wasn’t the ‘Marxist terrorists,’ it was the ‘armed vandals.’

Also from Press TV:

Armed vandals ‘killed civilians’ in Tehran

Mon, 22 Jun 2009

Tehran’s prosecutor general’s office has said that some armed saboteurs opened fire on civilians and killed people in post-election violence in Tehran.

"A number of Tehrani citizens were shot dead by unknown vandals Saturday night," said the office on Monday.

It said security forces have arrested an armed man involved in Saturday’s riots but rejected reports over the arrest of an armed man whose photo was released by some news agencies.

"Iran’s security and intelligence officials are currently probing into the identity of the individual whose photo was published and broadcast by news agencies," it added.

This is while the situation in Tehran is back to normal for the second consecutive day on Monday. On Saturday, ‘terrorist elements’-who had infiltrated the rallies –created the most violent day of protests by setting fire on a mosque and two gas stations as well as killing a number of people.

Despite warnings by Iranian police, protesters staged illegal rallies in Tehran for several days to cry foul over what they call ‘vote-rigging’ in Iran’s presidential election.

Supporters of the defeated candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi have held illegal street protests in Tehran and some other cities since the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on June 12.

Presidential contenders Mir-Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi reject the result as fraudulent and demand a re-run.

On Saturday, acting Police Chief Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Radan warned against any illegal gatherings, saying police would firmly deal with any illegal rallies from now on and those who plan such activities would be prosecuted.

Who are we to believe? The Iranian officials or our lying eyes?

However, it is a refreshing change for the Mullahs to blame Marxists instead of the US and Israel.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 22nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Iran: Police Did Not Shoot Protesters”

  1. MinnesotaRush says:

    “Police ‘did not shoot’ street protestors” and o-blah-blah did NOT go for ice cream with his daughters OR play golf with Bullshit Biden! So there!

    They really do think we’re stupid. (maybe at their peril)

  2. beautyofreason says:

    They really must think the world is stupid. Iran lies all the time about Western countries and downplays the vicious Iranian record on human rights. All I can hope is that the idealists in the white house recognize that the regime likes to lie, lie, lie – and it is doing so with the nuclear program.

    We’ve seen videos of teenagers sniped (including an unarmed girl walking with her father), basij shooting into unarmed crowds, helicopters dropping lye, guards busting into houses, terrorizing dorms, and eyewitness claims that over 100 people were killed. And still Iran tries to lie.

  3. canary says:

    pretty woman shot and killed seen around the world identified as Neda Solton hailed a martyr in Iran.
    All mosques were given a direct order from the government barring them from holding any memorial services for Neda, and her family was threatened with grave consequences if anyone gathered to mourn her,

    Much of the attention and blame for Neda’s apparent murder is now being focused on Iran’s leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose threatening speech Friday preceded the violent protests Saturday at which apparently Neda lost her life.

    Protesters have reportedly been attempting to gather in public Monday to remember Neda but have been broken up by the government.

    Now reformist presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, one of the leaders of the democratic protests in Tehran, has called for a Thursday night memorial service for all protesters who have been killed to be held at the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,

    Whether or not there is a violent crackdown at Thursday night’s memorial, the Islamic underpinnings of the regime are more and more being called into question by Iranians, said Salehi, particularly after the ban on mourning Neda, which contradicts Islamic law, he said.

    “Not only is that not right, but according to Islamic tradition it is immoral and improper, so they are essentially breaking one of their own laws out of fear.”

    FOX News’ Melissa Tabatabai contributed to this report.

    Also, young Iranian people interviewed by Fox said they were disapointed in Obama. One Iranian begged for the U.S. to help them, over and over again. Guess they don’t get Obama a new breed. An American couple interviewed by Fox, said at one point, people weren’t even protesting, when the militant police started beating and shooting. They said that before this happened the Iranian people were modern, and liked Americans. I guess they don’t understand the new president.

    • caligirl9 says:

      Get in line. I expect there will be plenty more people “disappointed” in TOTUS.
      I am not. I expected this.
      But not quite so bad so fast …

  4. neocon mom says:

    “An American couple interviewed by Fox, said at one point, people weren’t even protesting, when the militant police started beating and shooting. They said that before this happened the Iranian people were modern, and liked Americans. I guess they don’t understand the new president.”

    I flipped to Campbell Brown on CNN last night while watching O’Reilly and she had one of the Daily Show fake news reporters on her show talking about his recent trip to Iran. He revealed that the Iranians are just like the Americans (shocking!). This is a talking point I often see repeated by the left to morally equivocate our countries, in order to justify allowing their “peaceful” nuclear power ambitions to go forth. The left is not comfortable with the U.S. being a superpower–just like many educated folks on the left as a body are publicly ashamed of wealth and power, Bamster is ashamed of properly wielding the U.S. as a superpower.
    The funny thing is that they aren’t asking us to do much other than publicly acknowledge their struggle and condemn those in power who are oppressing them, why wouldn’t we want to shine the light of truth on what’s going on over there? But Bamster says we need to be afraid of the truth because of the way the bad guys will pervert our message. That will never change.

    The truth sets us free.

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