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From the little I´ve read (and I might be totally wrong) the majority of Basiji militia aren´t that well trained. Military / police training seemed to be less important than religious "training" to ensure their loyalty.
Their main weapon in the past seemed to be intimidation.

An organized group (with some leadership) and knowledge of the location probably could easily infiltrate around them and attack them from all sides. Not even needing overwhelming numbers.
The only thing going for them right now seems to be that the protesters are more or less leaderless.

by Detlef (Detlef1961_at_yahoo_dot_de) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 05:12:47 PM EST
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isn't that the nature of protest, the lack of leadership.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 05:39:59 PM EST
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