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Iran Police Fire Tear Gas At Protesters

From a conflicted Reuters:

Iran police fire teargas at protest marchers—witness

February 14, 2011

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian security forces fired tear gas to scatter thousands of people marching on a Tehran square in a banned rally Monday inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, a witness said.

"There are thousands of people marching … not chanting slogans … Security forces fired tear gas to disperse them near Imam Hossein square," said the witness.

Apparently this tear gas was not made in the US, or that would have been in the headline and the lead paragraph. But God help these protesters. Since we know the Obama administration won’t.

The march was a test of strength for the reformist opposition, which had not taken to the streets since December 2009, when eight people were killed.

This is untrue. There were Iranian protest demonstrations in 2010. Reuters may not have bothered to report them, but they happened.

But Iranian security forces are still unlikely to hesitate to use any means to stop protests.

Large numbers of police and security forces wearing riot gear were stationed around the main squares of the capital and traveling in pairs on motorbikes around the city.

There were minor clashes at some points across the sprawling capital city of some 12 million people, witnesses said. Mobile telephone connections were down in the area of the protests

Surely that was just a coincidence.

The demonstrators marched down Enghelab and Azadi (Freedom) streets, leading to Azadi Square, a traditional rallying point for protests in central Tehran dominated by a huge white marble arch. Hundreds of marchers also gathered in the cities of Isfahan and Shiraz, witnesses said.

But security forces surrounded the houses of opposition leaders Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi preventing them and Mousavi’s wife, Zahra Rahnavard from joining the march, their websites said

Mousavi and Karroubi took advantage of official Iranian backing for the huge street protests in Egypt and Tunisia to call their own demonstrations in solidarity, but authorities refused their request…

But why should they demonstrate? As the New York Times says, the Iranians have already had their democratic revolution – back in 1979.

And apparently they only get one to a customer.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 14th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Iran Police Fire Tear Gas At Protesters”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Gee, unrest begets further unrest in the middle (fingered) east. Who’d’a thunk it? Yemen, Egypt, Iran, Then Gawd-awfully in Libya chimes in….the Palestinians (Oh where is that bastion of peace and brotherhood Air-A-Fat?)

  2. tranquil.night says:

    Where are those revolutionaries over at CNN? Don’t they want to finish what they’ve helped start, or are the Egyptians the only one’s worthy of their freedom?

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    Guaran-darned-teed that Omama will not demand an orderly transition in Iran.

  4. Mithrandir says:

    Just like the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791. It’s OK to rebel against government and high taxes, but not against the new government and high taxes.

    Revolution is a joke; it just replaces a terrible government with a slightly less terrible one.

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