Video, More Reports of Violence Emerge

Check out our earlier coverage for more on violence being reported today.

Witnesses are giving more details about security forces forcibly breaking up a demonstration at the parliament building, according to The Post's Thomas Erdbrink and William Branigin, who write that regular police, riot police and members of a special force known as the "Robocops" for their full body armor and special equipment converged on Baharestan Square to prevent a demonstration from taking shape.

In one confrontation between protesters and Basij members, a middle-aged woman wearing a light-blue headscarf and a black coat angrily refused orders to leave. "I'm going to stay here and see how many people you kill today," she told the Basij. A plainclothes agent emerged from the crowd, swore at the woman and took out a pair of handcuffs to arrest her. Other people tried to stop the agent, but Basij members rushed them and beat them with clubs, the witness said.

In addition to protesters, bystanders were caught up in the violence:


At a corner of Republic Street, a main center for printing shops, a young engaged couple fled into an alley to escape a charge by club-wielding security forces. "Why are they attacking me?" the frightened woman cried. "I only came here to print my wedding cards!"

A new video purporting to be footage from a rally today in Tehran is making the rounds on YouTube. The footage shows a chaotic and violent scene: black smoke billows from a fire burning in the street as a large crowd gathers. In a subsequent clip, an injured, possibly deceased, man is carried by his hands and feet through the streets. Words in Farsi scrolling across the screen (roughly translated by The Post's Tara Bahrampour) refer to "martyrs" killed by the pro-government Basij militia. As with other amateur videos emerging on YouTube from Iran, the footage is unedited and graphic, and The Post cannot vouch for its authenticity.

If you or someone you know is inside Iran and can give us more details on the scene at the protests, contact us in the comments section below or on Twitter using the hashtag #insideTehran.


--Liz Heron

June 24, 2009; 2:49 PM ET  | Category:  world
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If you want to stop the violence, then stop showing it WAPO! This is evil what you are doing. Evil.

Posted by: lockmallup | June 24, 2009 8:04 PM

No, censorship is evil, telling the truth about Islamist Nazi killing civilians is definitely not evil.

Posted by: emeel | June 24, 2009 8:33 PM

lockmallup, exactly how is the WAPO responsible for violence in Iran? You seem to want to shoot the messenger!

Posted by: RealChoices | June 24, 2009 8:35 PM

WAY TO GO WAPO!!!

Keep the unedited images coming!

You are embracing the future by reporting what the people send you via digital technology, as much as the various governments of the world use you to distribute their filtered propaganda.

The brave Iranian people are about to defeat the fundamentalist criminals in their midst and the world should be on their side in every possible way.

Showing the truth from the street is a good start.

Posted by: onestring | June 24, 2009 8:50 PM

I'm a long way from supporting Iran but I find it disturbing you have not one (1) interview with any supporters of Ahmandinajab. Even if he lost the way the opposition says, there should be a few voters, maybe outside Teheran. This is like some march to war, only we know we can't war now we are tied down and so this is the way it will proceed until Isreal bunker buster nuke the most earth quake prone area on the planet. Please, please, just a lettle balance just to calm the situation maybe.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | June 25, 2009 12:23 PM

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