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.
June 24, 2009; 2:49 PM ET
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