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kyrah: Riots in Tabriz, Mashad, Isfahan, Ahwaz - government using violence [confirmed]

Most of the information I'm seeing is based out of Tehran.  But there are continual reports of widespread shooting, rioting, and protests in all the major cities.

Apparently the basij are behind most of it with some support from the Revolutionary Guard.  (?)  

There are continual reports the military is refusing to get involved in the repression and the police are not reliable, i.e., some are going against the regime.  There are also unconfirmed reports some police have 'turned' and joined the protests.
 

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 01:03:49 PM EST
Shariz, too, which is way out in SW Iran.

Tabriz is up in NE Iran, near Armenia, if I'm not mistaken.

So much for that "It's just the rich kids in Tehran" bullshit.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 01:06:37 PM EST
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Sorry, that's Shiraz, not Shariz.  Down near the Persian Gulf.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 01:08:01 PM EST
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Once Persepolis...

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 01:34:44 PM EST
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Starting to get reports outside of Tehran:

Lady_Hawke41: RT @ChrisTwitery: RT from Iran: Demonstrators Pushing back security forces in Shiraz with stones and batons. Massive fires.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 01:22:58 PM EST
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Rioting seems confirmed in all the major cities.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 01:23:42 PM EST
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note that tehran is rather rigidly segregated - to simplify: the further up north (which is also up in a geographic sense, as it is on the slope of a big mountain), the richer the neighborhood (and, thanks to the altitude, the nicer the climate).

So it does matter if things are happening in the North or the South of Tehran.

The embassies are in the North.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 01:34:27 PM EST
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Yes, but my point is that the news is largely coming from South and West Tehran, not North.  The only stuff from the North is coming from the University and a few neighborhoods just a bit up from Central Tehran, and those are very scattered.

And with cities all over the country, from the border with northern Iraq down to the Persian Gulf, seeing uprisings, it seems a little silly for the talking heads to try to treat this as a group on rich kids in North Tehran.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 01:45:15 PM EST
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In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 01:31:33 PM EST
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Re: Unreliable military

sioushie: RT from Iran: friend arrested at check point. Thrown into a truck, beaten, but a Sebah soldier secretly let the arrested go

Sebah = Revolutionary Guard

The RG are supposed to be loyal supporters of Ahmadinejad and - I hope Chris will correct me here as needed - one of the main players in the coup-by-fake-election.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 04:26:58 PM EST
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