The Green Brief #23 (July 09)

Discussion in 'Green Brief' started by NiteOwl, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. NiteOwl Member

    I'm NiteOwl AKA Josh Shahryar - on twitter - and I've been immersed in tweets from Iran for the past several hours. I have tried to be extremely careful in choosing my tweet sources. What I have compiled below is what I can confirm through my reliable twitter sources. Remember, this is all from tweets. (My work is released under Creative Commons (CC). So use it freely and post it wherever you wish to.)

    These are the important happenings that I can positively confirm from Thursday, July 9 .

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    Protests / Unrest

    1. As anticipated, there were protests today in almost every corner of Iran. In total, tens of thousands took to the streets across the country. Protesters were brutalized, arrested and shot at. Tear gas was extensively used. Detailed recap follows.

    2. Tehran - Even before the protests started, security forces had gathered in Enghelab Square, Jamalzadeh Square and other parts of the city. It appeared as if helicopters were flying around in almost every block of the city. Their presence was continuous over Enghelab Square, Laleh Park, Azadi Blvd, and Azadi Square. An IRG (Islamic Revolutionary Guard) Unit, also known as Sepahe Pasdaran in Farsi, was stationed in front of the Ministry of Interior. All shops were closed on Azadi Blvd to prevent possible damage.

    3. By 5 PM, people started to gather en masse at Vanak Square, Enghelab Square, Valiasr Square, Ferdowsi Square, as well as other parts in Tehran. Hundreds gathered at Tehran and Polytechnic University. People were joined by their wives, fathers, mothers and children. Contrary to most reports, many elderly people were also reported to have joined the protests. At times, pedestrians would join protesters in order to increase their numbers – making it more difficult for security forces to attack.

    4. Protesters chanted “Mir Hossein, Ya Hossein!” and “Death to the Dictator.” Strangely enough, some slogans were directed at Mojtaba Khamenei – the son of Ayatollah Khamenei. Mojtaba Khamenei has allegedly taken control of the Basiji and is heavily involved in the government’s attempt at brutally suppressing the protests. “Mojtaba Bemiri, Rahbari Ro Nabini” – Mojtaba may you die and never become the leader – was heard being chanted in many neighborhoods (I personally viewed some authentic videos).

    5. Estimating how many people actually gathered in Tehran is almost impossible. What can be safely asserted, from eyewitness accounts and examination of videos, is that the numbers were more than 35,000 - that's including all the protesters and some pedestrians who joined them. Again, this number is only an estimate. All over the country - including Tehran -, the number of protesters was reported to be probably upwards of 70,000. On a side note, there were confirmed reports of people protesting in front of the Chinese Embassy in Tehran.

    6. The police and the Basiji did not back away today. Clashes were reported in Tehran at Valiasr Square, Enghelab Square, Vanak Square, Karegar Shomali Street, Tehran University, and other parts of the city. Police shot at people in Azadi and Enghelab squares. People were seen being hit by bullets and falling to the ground. So far, at least one fatality has been confirmed in today’s scuffles.

    7. Tear gas was used at Vanak Square, Enghelab Square, Tehran University and in other areas. Tear gas was most heavily used in front of Tehran University where hundreds of protesters had gathered. Protesters were shot at with rubber bullets as well. Tear gas was hurled at buses – an attempt to stop protesters from getting to and from other protest sites.

    8. We have confirmed reports that plainclothesmen attacked dorms inside of Amir Kabir University. Partially confirmed reports also indicate attacks on Polytechnic University’s. Unconfirmed reports suggest security forces shot at people from helicopters. Heavy clashes were reported on Tajrish and Shariati Streets as well.

    9. Fires were ablaze around the city. The metro station at Mirdamad was set on fire. Basijis were seen breaking window shops and attacking people indiscriminately. There were reports of people going on the offense and retaliating against the Basiji - in an attempt to stop them from damaging property and arresting other protesters.

    10. Mousavi was supposed to join mourning families at a mosque today in Tehran. So far, no reports of his presence have emerged. Rafsanjani’s daughter was also expected to join the protests – no confirmation of her attendance has been obtained.

    11. As previously mentioned, only one death can be confirmed at this point. Videos of people brutally beaten have been circulating on the internet – most of them confirmed. Today’s protests have seen an increase number of women heartlessly beaten. As the security forces chased crowds, women were often the ones falling behind, and thus, were mercilessly beaten with batons (Personally saw the video of woman with a broken leg being carried away by other protesters).

    12. At the end of the day in Tehran, people took to the roofs again and started chanting ‘Allah o Akbar’ and ‘Death to the Dictator’. There were reports of Basijis shooting at people on rooftops in some parts of Tehran. Only partial confirmation could be obtained for this.

    13. Apart from Tehran, large protests were fully confirmed in Ahvaz, Mashhad, Rasht, Isfahan, Tabriz, Sari, Hamadan, Babol, Kerman, Dezfol and Shiraz. Reports from Shiraz indicate that the protest there was probably the largest. Isfahan was a close second in terms of the number of people on the streets.

    14. Reports of clashes in Isfahan where protests took place from 6 PM – 10 PM are confirmed. Tear gas was heavily used. In Dezfol, about two thousand people took to streets and reports of clashes are confirmed. Partially confirmed reports in Mashhad show that clerics had yet again joined the protesters.


    15. Iranian Nobel peace laureate, Shirin Ebadi, wrote an open letter to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that has been published online. Ebadi request the removal of a ban placed on the operation of the Defenders for Human Rights Center – which she chairs -, and an end to the security and political pressures on civil, political and human rights activists by governmental bodies and officials in his administration.

    Government / International

    16. Reports coming from Tehran suggest that senior Ayatollahs that have supported the government are increasingly becoming disillusioned about Khamenei’s leadership because of his son’s heavy involvement in the post-election events. Partially confirmed reports from Tehran suggest that the head of the Judiciary has halted all death sentences until further notice.

    17. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has urged Israel not to attack Iran’s nuclear installations. Iran's ambassador to Iraq said Thursday that five Iranian diplomats held by US forces in Iraq for more than two years had been handed over to the Iraqi government.

    18. The European High Court has affirmed the ban against Iran’s National Bank in Europe. The court decided that Iran’s government was acting against international laws by continuing to work on its nuclear program, thus, the earlier decision by the EU to ban the bank should continue to take effect.

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  2. NiteOwl Member

    Arrested / Released / Killed

    19. At least 30 people were arrested from in front of Tehran University; several others from Valiasr Square. Several protesters were seen being beaten and dragged away. Security forces were said to have used ambulances to move arrestees away so people would let them pass through.

    20. There are reports that some young Iranians had their passports confiscated at the airport immigration before entering Iranian soil. Mehsa Amrabadi was finally able to call her family after three weeks of being in detention. She is several months pregnant and her husband has been arrested too. She’s being held at Evin Prison. Sayeed Laylaz was also able to call his family, after being in detention for several days now.

    20. Abbas Hakimzadeh, another reformist politician, and Kaveh Muzaffari, a reporter, were both released today. It has been reported the UN’s human rights body has requested the Iranian government to let them enter the country and investigate human rights violations after the election.

    Media / Communications

    21. In Tehran, the Telephone Directory Service was out, SMS was cut off again, cell phones weren’t working in several parts of the city and even land-lines were also cut off in some parts. Most Iranian televisions ignored protests almost completely. Some later showed limited footage. Press TV again claimed that the UK was unquestionably behind the unrest in Iran.

    *A hearty thanks to Sahar joon for helping me out with proof-reading and very valuable tips. Also, a BIG THANKS to all the translators who're spending their precious time on getting this to as many people as possible.

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  3. ARC Member

    Thank you, much appreciated.
  4. skollie-IRAN Member

    Thanks again, Night Owl. You do a great job with these reports.
  5. yea good job..
  6. Typo breif / brief

    Great work as usual -- I look for your Green Brief every night.

    You mistyped it as "breif" (should be brief) in the tag
  7. watsongs2012 Member

    Niteowl, thank you again, your work is essential to the Sea of Green. Peace.
  8. FintanDunne Member

    9th July Full Report


    [SIZE="3"]9th July Full Report HERE:[/SIZE]
    Fintan Dunne News: Iran 9th July Protests

    Up to 25,000 took to the streets in Tehran in the largest
    protests seen since the first post-election demonstrations.

    Prof Scott Lucas joins Fintan Dunne to discuss the political
    fallout against the background of developments which took
    place during the last week in Iran.

    Audio with Special Guest Prof. Scott Lucas at the same link:

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  9. Ray Murphy Member

    Thanks Niteowl and crew.

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  10. Space Walk Member

    Freedom is here soon

    Thank you for a detailed information share.

    Do you feel the wind of change? Aaah what a sweet breeze it is.
  11. Nichol Member

    thanks again for your window on Iran

    Is my impression from this brief correct: that murderous repression of the protests is not quite as bad as before? Or is that just wishful thinking?
  12. More like it's the same as usual.
  13. Visionary Member

    Ugh...that's horrible.
    Although I don't remember seeing that on video
    (which I suppose I should be grateful for)

    Wow...that seems like big news.
    Any idea what effect it will have?
    Or is it not that important?

    Thanks so much for the updates!
  14. EdWanD Member

    Thanks once more.To all of you
  15. Thanks for all this valuable information. Your work is appreciated.

    I continue to post news links on Iran at Iran News to help people stay informed.

  16. Many thanks

    Thank you for keeping this in the hearts and minds of the world. Iran remains in my prayers.
  17. Wonder why they haven't been using rubber bullets the whole time.
  18. Great

    Great job yet again NiteOwl!!
  19. NiteOwl Member

    The protests were big. But not quite as huge as before. That's nothing to be disheartened by. This was not a protest sanctioned by the political parties or the leaders. People just wanted to come out and commemorate the repression during the student uprisings ten years ago.

    I think size might be a factor. But you cannot neglect the fact that the security forces have been really worn down. It's not easy to run around the streets trying to control so many people hell bent on not being caught. Let's wait for an official protest.
  20. You are the voice of Irains, keep up the great work, so the world knows what those bastards are doing. They will be punished. Thank you.
  21. sp4rrowh4wk Member

    thank you, NiteOwl
  22. Many thanks for keeping us updated, NiteOwl. God bless and protect all those against tyranny no matter where it rears its ugly head!
  23. yanezg Member

    Thanks for working so hard to keep us updated.

    I posted a Tweet for you to DM so I could find out about translating for you but I never heard back.

    My Brasilian friends had said they would help....but I don't know if they are still interested.
  24. JohnDoe Moderator

    Rubber bullets

    Because that would show a tiny measure of restraint on the part of the dictatorship. (Although having said that, rubber bullets can still cause very serious damage & death, and many have called for them to be banned.)

    An excellent brief again Niteowl.

    The sheer resilience of the Iranian people and determination to keep going and keep getting information out, has been amazing and their constantly changing strategy to confuse the regime has been inspiring. (Smaller groups moving all over the place)

    I remember hearing a couple of weeks ago that Tehranis felt the reason there were so many Basiji in Tehran was because other cities weren't protesting, and so people could be brought into Tehran to wield their batons there. Well it would seem from this report that that's not possible any more!:p

    I wait with baited breath to see what happens next! I have no idea what the next phase is. The expression 'a week's a long time in politics', seems woefully inadequate here. It seems to me that a day is long time in this battle for freedom. And every day takes the estranged dictatorship further and further away from not only those who oppose them, but also from their supporters! The sheer speed this is moving at is incredible - the election was only 4 weeks ago!
    (Can it really be only 4 weeks since we started to hear of mass demonstrations in Iran?)

    Amamadman & Khamenidiot seem to be scoring own goals with step they take.

    I may not know what the next step is, but this I am sure of, after yesterday you brave Iranians are one step (or maybe more:)) closer to victory.

    Iran malleh man ast!!!!! (Iran belongs to me!)

    Zindabad Persia!
  25. Paleene Member

    "Amamadman & Khamenidiot" You're improving :)))
    Apart from showing support and compassion you really help to find a hole of relief in this troublede times.Thanks!

    And as always thanks to NiteOwl for his invaluable work!
  26. Thank you for your work, NiteOwl

    It is very much appreciated.
  27. Thank you for keeping our eyes seeing what's going on outside our little news-filtered bubble.
  28. video

    Hi NiteOwl, thanks again for these valuable accounts. Would it compromise your sources if you linked to the videos you mention? I follow the twitter stream, but did not see the ones you mention. I think you will make a stronger and more visible statement by linking to them. It would add to credibility towards journalists and media (principle of proof), if they can see it with their own eyes and this will increase your chances of being quoted and in general get media to cover the events. The world's interest is based on the outrage of the violation of human rights that is going on. And I would speculate that this could also be the reason why "only" rubber bullits were used. They know they cannot afford another Neda film going around the world.
  29. TsuDhoNimh Member

    I saw several tweets saying the same - the basij were slow, sullen, and seemed worn out. Also, they were reportedly bussed in early and kept standing on guard for a long time, and have been short of sleep for a month.

    Also a couple of reports of city police (?) cautiously flashing the V sign and letting protesters pass.
  30. TsuDhoNimh Member

    Visionary -
    That freezes some assets, and makes it harder for the upper ranks to move money out of Iran.

    My speculation is that Ahmamadman has let corruption get such a foothold - if not himself, his cronies - that one look at the books by a new administration and they will all swing from the gallows at Evin.
  31. JohnDoe Moderator

    Green what a catching colour!!!!!!

    [QUOTE Also a couple of reports of city police (?) cautiously flashing the V sign and letting protesters pass.[/QUOTE]

    Every time I read something like this, I get soooooo excited - I want to dance.

    Come on police - you have seen how brave the people are, can you dare get braver and really protect the people.

    Oh just thought of something so ironic. What colour of shirts did the police in that picture of the protesters helping the injured police officer wear?


    Ok that's it! It's another sign! It's time for the police to join the green revolution:cool:
  32. Visionary Member

    Hmm, nice. Now if the international community can keep isolating them diplomatically and the protesters can confuse the heck out of them and wear their thugs down physically and mentally....
  33. Size of protest doesn't matter. The fact that it is happening against government orders and the presence of police and basij signifies that the government is not in control of the people. This is what any government fears most of all.
  34. "The counter-script for establishing or restoring pro-democratic conditions consists of more mass protest; the appearance and display of resistance symbols; the emergence of enough spokespeople throughout society that all of them cannot be arrested at once; overt civil and covert disobedience, at every level of society, that brings the economy to a halt; withdrawal of support by lawyers and judges for the regime’s decisions; international sanctions tied to human rights and clean elections; the refusal – tricky but not unattainable – of many soldiers and police to fire at unarmed citizens; and, finally, when the rule of law is reestablished, serious prosecutions of the defeated regime’s ringleaders."

    Project Syndicate
  35. JohnDoe Moderator

    Thanks for the compliment;)

    Sometimes I get frustrated that I can't do more, but I guess we all have a part of play, some have bigger parts than others, but if all we can be is like a grain of sand in the regime's shoe then that's good. The important thing is that we do whatever we can - no matter how small and insignificant it is!
  36. Srpska Member

    The protest at the PRC Embassy is probably connected with the whole East Turkestan business.

    Reading that stuff about people being DRAGGED AWAY by Basijis chills my blood - and I'm usually a fairly jaded, cynical bastard. Something about the image it creates really does alarm me. So why the hell don't the protesters take their kitchen knives with them? Or screwdrivers, or even pens - anything pointy you can stab with? That way they'd have a last resort in defence, even if they don't intend to actually attack. At least they might be able to free themselves (or others) if the Basiji get hold of them. The average household is full of potential weapons.
  37. MerlinTKD Member

    I would imagine that they don't want any comparison between themselves, and their oppressors. They don't want violent rioting, they want (preferably) peaceful protests. The pressure on the goverment should be intellectual and spiritual (and perhaps financial), not physical.

    NiteOwl (and the rest of you involved!), thank you again for all your work! I've once again quoted and linked the Brief on Facebook.
  38. Srpska Member

    Oh, I couldn't agree more. I'm certainly not calling for a massacre of the Basij, although God knows they richly deserve it.

    What I'm saying is that, given that the protesters know very well that they are going to be threatened with, and exposed to, violence - and that if captured by the enemy they will be tortured and probably raped - why don't they take some means of self-defence with them just in case, as an emergency measure?
  39. Pet_de_Lune Member

    Shame on Europeans.

    How come the European media, specifically the french ones, are so quiet and silent about the major issues the ppl from Iran are now trying to solve ? Shame on us Frenchies. We do not deserve our comfortable democracy anymore. :mad:

    Hope the path, toward You ppl in Iran's freedom, will clear soon.
    Vivent les libertes, de penser, de parler, de voter, de contester.....
    Thanks a lot NiteOwl & al
  40. Srpska Member

    Because (1) it's an old story, (2) it has genuinely died down at least partly and (3) there are other things to report that the population find more interesting. Also (4) the rioting in East Turkestan has basically been just like the initial Iranian protests only much more violent, so has stolen the limelight.

    And (5) some paedophile died in America so the world had to stop.

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