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Rumor, mis-information, and regime propaganda mills are working flat out.

Repeated Twitters:

1.  The Army/National Guard are sending tanks/infantry units/helicopters/airplanes/battleships into Tehran.  

Analysis:  Up to now:  FALSE.  Reliable¹ Iranian Twitters are claiming these are being broadcast by regime supporters to spread panic and despondency among the Greens.

  1.  Journalists arrested.  CONFIRMED.  At least 30 journalists have been arrested in the past two days.

  2.  Basiji (militia) breaking into homes.  CONFIRMED.  The most likely scenario is they are arresting "high profile" protesters and activists of the "Reform" -- see footnote one -- politicians.  

  3.  Mousavi and wife arrested.  FALSE.  

  4.  Rafsanjani relatives arrested overnight.  CONFIRMED.  Apparently only the daughter remains in custody, perhaps because she was giving public speeches in support of the Greens.

  5.  Army supporting Rafsanjani/Greens/Regime.  UNCONFIRMED.  The Army, so far, seems to be sitting this one out.

  6.  Mousavi calls for General Strike.  UNCONFIRMED.  

  7.  Iranian State media calling protesters "terrorists."  CONFIRMED

  8.  Protests continue in the cities of Saqz, Marivan, Kermanshah, and Sanandaj as well as Tehran.  CONFIRMED.  "Sounds of Gunfire" in those cities and "heavy clashes between basiji and protesters" UNCONFIRMED.  

  9.  Tehran police claiming they did NOT shoot Neda - the 16 year old woman Drew posted about yesterday - and they have the bullet that killed her and are investigating.  UNCONFIRMED (But highly likely)

¹  I don't know what that means either.  Sounds good tho' -- don't it?  ;-)

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Jun 21st, 2009 at 01:31:48 PM EST

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