Freedom Protesters Clash With Regime Thugs On Revolution Day in Iran (Videos) …Update: Opposition Leaders Attacked
Protesters Shout “Death to Dictators” and Hurl Rocks at Basij Guard Members:
Via Iran Press News
Protesters rip down a large poster of Ayatollah Khamenei in the street:
Planet Iran is liveblogging the protests in Iran today.
Today is the 31st anniversary of the killer regime in Iran. For the occasion democracy protesters took to the streets and pelted regime guards with rocks.
Reuters reported on the protests:
Iranian opposition websites said security forces clashed with protesters as huge crowds flocked to central Tehran on Thursday to mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution.
State television showed live footage of hundreds of thousands of people, some carrying Iranian flags and pictures of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, walking to Azadi (freedom) Square in central Tehran.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the vast crowd of government supporters in the square that Iran had produced its first batch of higher-grade atomic fuel, a development sure to add to Western concern about its nuclear ambitions.
An opposition website, Iran’s Green Voice, said security forces fired shots and teargas at supporters of opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi staging a rally in central Tehran.
Democracy protesters destroy Khamenei signs in the street:
UPDATE: The Iranian opposition leaders came under attack today.
The Age reported:
Iranian opposition leaders Mohammad Khatami and Mehdi Karroubi came under attack and their supporters clashed with police as vast crowds massed in Tehran on Thursday to mark the 1979 Islamic revolution.
The opposition’s ability to mount protests despite a massive security force deployment is seen as highly symbolic given the anniversary’s historic significance.
The elite Revolutionary Guards and police had warned they would crack down heavily on any protests which, since they first erupted last June, have threatened the very pillars of the Islamic regime and split the senior clergy.
Opposition website Rahesabz and witnesses said the clashes took place at Sadeghieh square, about a kilometre (mile) from where Iranians had gathered from early morning at Azadi (Freedom) Square, to mark the toppling of the US-based shah 31 years ago.
The website said the cars of the two leaders came under attack by police and plainclothes security men but neither was hurt. It added that police had fired teargas at crowds of opposition supporters at Sadeghieh square.