Amid Iran Crackdown, Online Chatter Indicates Protests Will Resume
A day after 25 Iranian journalists and two foreign reporters were detained in Iran, as The Post's Tara Bahrampour reports, news from Iran is continuing to leak out via the Internet through Iranians turned professional observers.
Tuesday in Iran appeared quiet in contrast to the massive protests on Saturday by those who oppose disputed presidential election winner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The BBC, which has been relying on e-mails and other material sent in by viewers to keep track of the situation in Iran, has a selection of comments from Iranians across the country reporting "streets full of security forces to prevent protests against the disputed presidential election results."
Susan, a 24-year-old student in Tehran, says, "Security forces are placed strategically around Tehran to prevent people gathering. There have been no organized demonstrations since Saturday."
Hossein, in Esfahan, wrote via e-mail, "I think young people are more fearless now because they hadn't seen any street fights or resistance against the government before. Now they know what it's like, they are getting used to it."
In a blog post making the Twitter rounds today called "Why We Protest", blogger "NiteOwl" compiled information from those he considers reliable Tweeters inside Iran who said that Tehran was "literally crawling with Basijis and police" yesterday.
The BBC also posted two amateur videos that appear to show police crackdowns on Tuesday, one in which a man is being herded and beaten by police, and another in which police seem to kick protesters on the street.
Despite yesterday's relative quiet, The New York Times' The Lede Blog is reporting that according to Iranian blogger and journalist Omid Habibinia, an opposition rally is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tehran time (8 a.m. in Washington) in front of the Parliament building and five other locations.
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