Turmoil in Tehran

Another Day, Another Crackdown

Another violent day in Iran: The Associated Press reports that "Protesters clashed with riot police again today around Iran’s parliament, as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneisaid the country won’t annul the results of last week’s disputed presidential election." The AP adds that gunshots were fired into the air, but reports elsewhere report significantly more violence. Andrew Sullivan's The Daily Dish quotes a dramatic phone-call broadcast on CNN of a protester describing the horrific scene. "All of a sudden some 500 people with clubs came out of [undecipherable] mosque and they started beating everyone. They tried to beat everyone on [undecipherable] bridge and throwing them off of the bridge," the woman said. The Lede backs up this story, saying that several Iranian bloggers have reported hearing gunshots at the rally. One tweet picked up by the Huffington Post and Andrew Sullivan is the most disturbing of all, "In Baharestan we saw militia with axe choping ppl like meat - blood everywhere - like butcher . . . Fighting in Vanak Sq, Tajrish sq, Azadi Sq - now . ."