Blood continues to flow in Iran

Quote for the day:

Before this, everyone was saying the Iranian people are not ready for democracy, but we see now the Iranian people will die for democracy.

— Mohsen Makhmalbaf, a prominent Iranian filmmaker who is serving as a spokesman in the West for opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, speaking to the Washington Times.

From an interview with a student in Iran:

LN: How are the Basij trying to suppress the unrest?

Behnaz: They are beating demonstrators in a brutal fashion. They’re hitting people with heavy staves, to the head and to the stomach. Some people have been beaten to death. They have no reservations about attacking children and old people. There’s talk of a pregnant woman having been shot; she then gave birth on the street. Here in Isfahan, one person was first beaten and then thrown from a roof. I was at his funeral today [24 June]. His family can’t talk about the circumstances of his death with anyone; they’ve been threatened. I’m convinced that many more such cases will surface over time.

suppression of peaceful demonstrations in Iran

Tweets, via Andrew Sullivan:

• Govt. cracked down HARD today [referring to Wednesday — yesterday]. With force, arrests and pr campaign. Only very determined will protest tomorrow.

• Hearing indications today’s #iranelection protests are on, despite yesterday’s crackdown

• Clashes at Enghelab SQ, Spreading to Azadi St, People Pushed Back Anti-Riots Police at Jamalzade Junc. (not Conf[irmed])

More tweets, from today’s demonstrations:

• I see many ppl with broken arms/legs/heads – blood everywhere – pepper gas like war…

• saw 7/8 militia beating one woman with baton on ground – she had no defense nothing -… so many ppl arrested – young & old – they take ppl away

• just in from Baharestan Sq – situation today is terrible – they beat the ppls like animals

The number of deaths is unknown, since the Government of Iran is actively suppressing information:

Several independent sources in Tehran hospitals and clinical centres have counted the dead from Saturday at over 150; yes more than 150. Doctors have been silenced from speaking about it. In fact when less than a week before (16 June) the doctors and nurses of Rasul Hospital in west Tehran witnessed 8 killed and 28 wounded from the day’s demonstration, in their hospital, they came out on the street to inform people.

But on Bloody Saturday, the situation was totally different after Khamenei’s command to slaughter demonstrators. […] Security forces went to all the hospitals to which people themselves had brought the bodies, to gather all the wounded and dead; when paramilitary and military forces gathered the bodies, they sent them directly to military hospitals; they transmitted these bodies to their own centres too.

[…] Now, we have reports that when families went to collect the bodies of their relatives, security forces have urged them to sign appeals against Mir Hossein Mousavi and named him as responsible for the deaths of their relatives.

Utterly indifferent to human suffering:

Upon learning of his son’s death, the elder Mr. Alipour was told the family had to pay an equivalent of $3,000 as a “bullet fee”—a fee for the bullet used by security forces—before taking the body back, relatives said.

What to do with injured loved ones?

people are hoarding the injured in their homes because they’re afraid of going to hospitals

And an eyewitness account from one hospital:

I am a medical student. There was chaos at the trauma section in one of our main hospitals. Although by decree, all riot-related injuries were supposed to be sent to military hospitals, all other hospitals were filled to the rim. Last night, nine people died at our hospital and another 28 had gunshot wounds. All hospital employees were crying till dawn. They (government) removed the dead bodies on back of trucks, before we were even able to get their names or other information. […]

This morning the faculty and the students protested by gathering at the lobby of the hospital where they were confronted by plain cloths anti-riot militia, who in turn closed off the hospital and imprisoned the staff. […]

What can anyone say in face of all these atrocities? What can you say to the family of the 13 year-old boy who died from gunshots and whose dead body then disappeared?

injured man, defiant woman

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jack
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 11:58:36

    How many things are we not hearing about. How many maimed or murdered by the regime are unable to communicate with the outside world.


  2. snaars
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 17:50:29

    It’s puzzling, that so many Iranians don’t seem to understand that Ahmadinejad won by an unprecedented, overwhelming, landslide victory ….


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