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Originally posted by mrmonsoon
This is "supposedly confirmed by BBC, but I don't have that link.
Now, here is the conspiracy spin...
Are as many people protesting as claimed???
We have discover mover Iranian photoshopping of the crowds.
Could this be a ploy by Iran's religious dictator for life????
His ploy to root out people who are sick of dictators???
Allow a little protesting to get the "trouble-makers" out so they can be arrested/beaten/killed????
I am sure any real opposition must hide and not speak publicly, for fear of death.
A smart trick to get them out of hiding and secure his dictatorship for life???
Radio Free Europe
The Basij (Persian for mobilization) is a large and omnipresent paramilitary organization with multifaceted roles, and which acts as the eyes and ears of the Islamic regime. It is present in schools, universities, state and private institutions, factories, and even among tribes.
The Basij was formed by order of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in November 1979 and was intended to function as the nucleus of what the founder of the Islamic republic called "the army of 20 million" with the aim of defending the Islamic regime against both domestic and foreign threats