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To this point the most aggressive actions by protestors seem to be knocking over Basji motorcycles and setting them afire combined with Molotov cocktails thrown at (presumedly Basji) buildings.  Mostly the confrontation seems to be protesters sacrificing their bodies, if not their lives.  It would only take a small escalation for protesters to start carrying 1.5m x 2-3cm staffs, which would make Basji motorcycles in close quarters totally unviable.

A big indicator would also be confirmed reports of protesters, police and/or Revolutionary Guards using weapons against Basji in defense of protesters.  It is starting to look like the events leading up to the storming of the Bastille.  It is unclear if the current fire will have to burn itself out or if calmer heads can prevail.  Revolutions acquire a dynamic of their own which then seems to drive events by their own internal logic or dialectic.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 01:21:18 PM EST

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