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4th November - Massive Iranian Protests: (Updates)

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posted on Nov, 3 2009 @ 11:34 PM
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It's around 9am now in Tehran.

This link will have regular updates and information on these protests:
Live blog - Anniversary of seizure of US embassy - November 4 - [ADDED LINK]

Updates for 4th Nov. Protests

Meeting points and routes for November 4 protests


The following are meeting points and demonstration routes announced by various local chapters of the Green Movement for November 4. They are not final and only represent the latest information gleaned from various sources. They are subject to change and will be updated as more information comes in. The Iranian regime is waiting until the last possible moment, Tuesday evening, to announce all official meeting points and routes. The opposition has announced it will be present on the same official routes.

However, the slogans that the opposition will employ appear to have been finalized: 'Obama, Obama, ya ba ouna, ya ba ma.' (Obama, Obama, you're either with them, or with us.) 'Na shahrghi, na gharbi, dolateh sabzeh melli.' (Neither eastern, nor western, a national green government.) 'Russiyeh faribkar, dast az sareh ma bardar.' (Deceitful Russia, leave us alone)

Tehran
Official route:
Tehran University Mosque, along Taleghani Street, to the former American Embassy compound on the corner of Taleghani Street and South Moffateh Street, south of 7th Tir (Hafteh Tir) Square.

Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mohammad Khatami will march along Taleghani Street, according to Radio Farda.

Green routes:
10 AM
7th Tir Square, down South Mofatteh Street to the former American embassy compound on the corner of Taleghani Street.
Mehdi Karroubi has announced that he will be at 7th Tir Square (Hafteh Tir) at 10:30 AM

10 AM
Amir Kabir University, along Sommayeh Street, up South Moffateh Street, to the former American embassy compound on the corner of Taleghani Street.


The routes and times for the other major cities are also at this link. It's expected to begin in around 1 hr!

Also lots of videos from the past few days showing preparation for these protests: Video roundup:

[edit on 4-11-2009 by john124]




posted on Nov, 3 2009 @ 11:41 PM
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President Obama on Tuesday evening released the following statement on Iran


"Thirty years ago today, the American Embassy in Tehran was seized. The 444 days that began on November 4, 1979 deeply affected the lives of courageous Americans who were unjustly held hostage, and we owe these Americans and their families our gratitude for their extraordinary service and sacrifice.

This event helped set the United States and Iran on a path of sustained suspicion, mistrust, and confrontation. I have made it clear that the United States of America wants to move beyond this past, and seeks a relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran based upon mutual interests and mutual respect. We do not interfere in Iran’s internal affairs. We have condemned terrorist attacks against Iran. We have recognized Iran’s international right to peaceful nuclear power. We have demonstrated our willingness to take confidence-building steps along with others in the international community. We have accepted a proposal by the International Atomic Energy Agency to meet Iran’s request for assistance in meeting the medical needs of its people. We have made clear that if Iran lives up to the obligations that every nation has, it will have a path to a more prosperous and productive relationship with the international community.

Iran must choose. We have heard for thirty years what the Iranian government is against; the question, now, is what kind of future it is for. The American people have great respect for the people of Iran and their rich history. The world continues to bear witness to their powerful calls for justice, and their courageous pursuit of universal rights. It is time for the Iranian government to decide whether it wants to focus on the past, or whether it will make the choices that will open the door to greater opportunity, prosperity, and justice for its people."



posted on Nov, 3 2009 @ 11:42 PM
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Iran 'must choose' its future path: Obama


WASHINGTON (AFP) – Iran "must choose" whether to open the door to opportunity and prosperity, President Barack Obama said Wednesday in a statement marking 30 years since the storming of the US embassy in Tehran.



posted on Nov, 4 2009 @ 01:50 AM
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UPDATES!!!

Live blog - Anniversary of seizure of US embassy - November 4


11:15 AM Tehran time - 7:45 AM GMT

Tehran
Side streets near 7th Tir are being used as temporary holding areas. Protesters are arrested, blindfolded, and taken off on motorcycles, one plainclothesman driving, one behind the detainee. They are taken to the side streets near 7th Tir Square. Al-Javad mosque is being used as an HQ and holding area by security forces.

Shots fired into the air in Iranshahr Street, per caller on ePersian Radio. Large green banner held by protesters at the end of Karim Khan Zand Street. They are faced with a line of security forces.

Shiraz
Large crowds on Zand Street. Security forces are showing restraint.


11:05 AM Tehran time - 7:35 AM GMT

Tehran
Caller on ePersian Radio: Karroubi is moving down Ghoddousi, I think, towards Hafteh Tir Square with a very large number of supporters. Security forces are very savagely beating people in Hafteh Tir.


11:00 AM Tehran time - 7:30 AM GMT

Tehran
Caller on Radio Farda: Subway trains were not stopping at Hafteh Tir subway station. Passengers got off at Mofatteh St station, to go south from there. Passengers loudly chanted as they climbed the stairs to leave the station, but once outside they were confronted with very heavy security. However, crowd grew consistently and began moving south towards Hafteh Tir Sq. (In the background: Sounds of security officer shouting at protesters to leave.)


10:50 AM Tehran time - 7:20 AM GMT

Tehran
Karim Khan Zand Street, close to Hafteh Tir Square: Tear gas shot at people. Protesters attacked a group of a dozen Basijis, according to caller on ePersian Radio.

Security forces are beating protesters moving from Tehran University towards 7th Tir Square, according to Mowjeh Sabzeh Azadi.


10:40 AM Tehran time - 7:10 AM GMT

Tehran
South of Hafteh Tir Square: Ten to 15 individuals arrested, according to a caller on ePersian Radio. She said that a woman was being beaten and security forces took away the mobile phone of an individual filming the incident.
But another caller on ePersian said that the police was not exercising any violence towards the opposition protesters.
Security forces initially surrounded Tehran University to block students inside, but the students broke through the cordon about an hour ago.


10:30 AM Tehran time - 7:00 AM GMT

Tehran
Tear gas fired in Hafteh Tir Square.
Students amassed at the entrance of Tehran University chanted 'Death to the dictator' and have started making their way towards official cortege moving from Tehran University Mosque along Taleghani Street, according to Mowjeh Sabzeh Azadi.
On ePersian Radio: Official chant-master shouts 'Death to America' through his loudspeaker, but crowd responds 'Death to Russia!'



posted on Nov, 4 2009 @ 01:52 AM
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Remember last time? Israel nearly bombed Iran...

Will they ``waste`` another opportunity?

Will Iran blame those protests on the west again and drop from the talks?

Will the CIA go in again and help the protests?

Will the lamestream medias in the west go full propaganda on Iran's butt?

Interesting days ahead.



posted on Nov, 4 2009 @ 07:19 AM
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Video of Iranian's stamping of Khamenei posters!!



HAHA!!!



posted on Nov, 4 2009 @ 07:20 AM
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12:10 PM Tehran time - 8:40 AM GMT

Shiraz
The crowd of protesters is growing by the minute in Daneshjou Square, per Mowjeh Sabzeh Azadi's reporter on the ground.


12:05 PM Tehran time - 8:35 AM GMT

Tehran
Caller on ePersian Radio: Paint is being sprayed on protesters. Hafteh Tir Square and all incoming streets are teeming with people. It's beautiful to see this. Karroubi was beaten and perhaps arrested.

Caller says he personally saw Karroubi beaten on Modarres and that he was perhaps arrested.



11:55 AM Tehran time - 8:25 AM GMT

Tehran
Protesters have been arrested in Ferdowsi Square, according to Mowjeh Sabzeh Azadi's reporter on the ground.


11:45 AM Tehran time - 8:15 AM GMT

Tehran
Caller on ePersian radio: I've taken shelter in someone's home near 25 Shahrivar Square. Security forces savagely assaulted protesters. Massive crowds on Vali Asr Square. Karroubi had to be taken away in his car by his bodyguards after attack by plainclothesmen. The official regime ceremonies have ended. Despite use of tear gas and disproportionate violence by security forces, protesters managed to defend themselves against security forces and also beat up Basijis.

Security forces are using parking lots of private buildings as holding areas.


11:40 AM Tehran time - 8:10 AM GMT

Tehran
New protest front is building up on Vali Asr Street. Takhteh Tavous Street has been completely closed off, according to caller on ePersian Radio.

Isfahan
Protest at Isfahan University, according to Al Arabiya.



11:30 AM Tehran time - 8:00 AM GMT

Tehran
Caller on ePersian radio: Crowd being dispersed on Taleghani Street.

Security forces opened fire on protesters on Hafteh Tir Square, according to Mowjeh Sabzeh Azadi's reporter on the ground. People are taking shelter in homes near 7th Tir Square and Karim Khan Zand Street.


11:20 AM Tehran time - 7:50 AM GMT

Tehran
Mehdi Karroubi has arrived at 7th Tir Square, according to Iran Press News.



posted on Nov, 4 2009 @ 07:21 AM
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12:12 AM Tehran time - 8:42 AM GMT

Tehran

First footage arriving from Hafteh Tir Square. Protesters chant 'Death to the dictator!' as they are harassed by security forces. 'Don't go into the side streets,' shouts one man.





posted on Nov, 4 2009 @ 07:22 AM
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12:20 PM Tehran time - 8:50 AM GMT

Tehran
Security forces launch mass attack on protesters. Footage taken from pedestrian bridge in Karim Khan Zand Street, near 7th Tir Square.





posted on Nov, 4 2009 @ 07:23 AM
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12:30 PM Tehran time - 9:00 AM GMT

Tehran

The number of protesters is growing at the entrance of Tehran University. Large crowds building at Enghelab (Revolution) Square and Amirabad (Kargar Shomali) Street, according to Mowjeh Sabzeh Azadi.

12:30 PM Tehran time - 9:00 AM GMT

Tehran
People take shelter in a private home near Roosevelt Street.




posted on Nov, 4 2009 @ 07:23 AM
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1:30 PM Tehran time - 10:00 AM GMT

Tehran
Caller on ePersian radio: I'm on Vali Asr Street. The security forces are beating people like animals, but the protesters are not backing down, especially the women. You should see how the women are raising a riot.

Female caller on ePersian radio: I was injured in demonstrations this morning, but I'm going out again in a few minutes.

Photo purportedly of today's protests in Tehran.

1:20 PM Tehran time - 9:50 AM GMT

News outlets in Sweden and France are allegedly only showing footage of the official ceremonies today with regime supporters chanting 'Death to America' and 'Death to Israel.'

Tehran
Caller to ePersian radio: Clashes are extremely violent on Vali Asr Street. Security forces and plainclothesmen are pitted against protesters who are defending themselves. Protesters are not afraid anymore.


1:15 PM Tehran time - 9:45 AM GMT

Shiraz
Over two dozen arrests so far. Protests are dispersed between two squares in the city, Alam and Pardis. Security forces and plainclothesmen savagely attacked protesters.

Tehran
Caller to ePersian radio: My sister was assaulted by plainclothesmen in Hafteh Tir Square. She came back home and rested, but now she's gone out again to protest.


1:00 PM Tehran time - 9:30 AM GMT

Tehran
Mohammad Taghi Karroubi, Mehdi Karroubi's son, spoke to Radio Farda: Mehdi Karroubi was present in Hafteh Tir Square. Police forces directly shot tear gas at him and his supporters. One of his bodyguards was injured on the head. Two other bodyguards were also wounded. Karroubi's face was slightly burned by the gas. He was not arrested. Karroubi and his family do not fear any outcome and are ready for the worst. The regime warned us that a suicide attack might take place against Karroubi and that he should not attend the rally. We declare that the regime will be held responsible for any assassination attempt against Karroubi.


12:45 PM Tehran time - 9:15 AM GMT

Tehran
Mehdi Karroubi was beaten by regime goons, but he was rescued by his bodyguards and taken away in his personal car, according to Mowjeh Sabzeh Azadi.

Caller on ePersian radio: (In tears) Please help the people of Iran. My sister was in Hafteh Tir Square and was beaten by the security forces. She's at home now and not well. My sister is pious and wears a chador. She saw plainclothesmen throw youngsters to the ground and jump on their legs to break them.


[edit on 4-11-2009 by john124]



posted on Nov, 4 2009 @ 07:24 AM
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1:40 PM Tehran time - 10:10 AM GMT

Tehran
More footage purportedly from today. 'The Russian embassy is the real den of spies' in reference to the Islamic regime's habit of calling the US embassy a den of spies.





'The Russian embassy is the real den of spies' followed by the student protest anthem 'Yareh Dabestaniyeh Man' (My old schoolfriend)





posted on Nov, 4 2009 @ 07:26 AM
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1:45 PM Tehran time - 10:15 AM GMT

Tehran
Footage purportedly of earlier today, next to Hafteh Tir Square. Demonstrators are charged by riot police.





2:00 PM Tehran time - 10:30 AM GMT

Translation of an article in Tagheer, the news site of Mehdi Karroubi's Etemad Melli Party:
Thousands of Iranians who had convened in Hafteh Tir Square and intended to march to the former American embassy were savagely attacked by plainclothesmen and the special forces of the Revolutionary Guards.
Plainclothesmen and the special forces of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) assaulted the defenseless people of Iran with batons, tear gas, pepper gas, and shots fired into the air.
According to witnesses, IRGC forces on foot and on motorcycles targeted the heads and faces of people who had only gathered to denounce domestic and foreign tyranny.
In other parts of the city, including Motahari Street, Shahid Beheshti Street, Karim Khan Zand Street, Mofatteh Street, Azadi Square, the corner of Taleghani and Palestine streets, Nejat Elahi Street, and GHaem Magham Farahani Street, the people of Iran are currently chanting against tyranny and dictatorship.
Although the state media have employed all their efforts to belittle the grandeur of the green nation of Iran, eyewitnesses understood the massive presence of green supporters of democracy against the club-wielding forces of dictatorship.

2:20 PM Tehran time - 10:50 AM GMT

Tehran
Protesters build fire against the effects of pepper gas.





posted on Nov, 4 2009 @ 07:28 AM
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2:30 PM Tehran time - 11:00 AM GMT

Various sources claim that security forces are resorting to even greater savagery than in the most violent days of the post-election crackdown.

Tehran
Habibollah Peyman, founder of the Combatant Muslims Movement and a leader of the Council of Nationalist Religious Forces, and his wife were so badly beaten by security forces that his head was broken during demonstrations today, per Mowjeh Sabzeh Azadi.

Al Arabiya reports that Basij forces have surrounded the home of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi.



2:50 PM Tehran time - 11:20 AM GMT

Tehran
One of Mehdi Karroubi's bodyguards has been taken to the hospital, according to Mowjeh Sabzeh Azadi.

Caller to ePersian radio: I'm on Azadi. This is hand-to-hand combat. We're at war with a filthy regime. Why don't our clerics say anything? The kids have decided to stay on the streets all day and tonight. Please tell people to bring water and food to the protesters.



3:00 PM Tehran time - 11:30 AM GMT

Isfahan
Roads leading to Isfahan University are blocked by the police in an attempt to stop several groups of protesters from joining each other. Chants of 'Death to dictator' can be heard.

Zahedan
Several thousand green supporters gathered in Azadi Square. Several thousand students are also protesting in Sistan University.

Tehran
Clashes are reported on Ghaem Magham Farahani Street, where large numbers of protesters are responding to attacks of the security forces with rocks.

Street battles are also taking place on Vozara and Takhteh Tavous streets, according to several radio callers.

Protesters taunt riot police farther up the street. 'For Mousavi, raise your hands!'





Revolutionary Guards special forces on motorcycles prepare to charge down an avenue.





posted on Nov, 4 2009 @ 07:30 AM
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3:15 PM Tehran time - 11:45 AM GMT

Tehran
Purportedly earlier today, Keshavarz Boulevard, north of Tehran University. 'Khamenei is a murderer, his leadership has been canceled!'




3:30 PM Tehran time - 12:00 PM GMT

News channel France 24 is broadly reporting on the protests in Tehran today.

Tehran
Caller on ePersian radio: I'm a 60-year-old woman, almost 60. I joined the demonstration early today and moved towards 7th Tir Square. There were so many protesters. They must have bought security forces from around Iran and they were merciless. I've gone to all the demonstrations and I've never seen such violence. We started chanting and they chased us down a dead end. We were all crushed together and the anti-riot forces shot something like 5 tear gas canisters into the alley. I thought my time was over and I would suffocate. Then the anti-riot forces came into the alley started beating us with their batons. I was hit on the waist and the mouth. Protesters were all over the city today. They would get beaten in one place, then they'd go to another crossroads and start chanting again. This regime must go! It pained me to see the young people struck like that. I'm going to rest, then I'll go out again, because the protests are going to pick up again at 4 PM.

3:40 PM Tehran time - 12:10 PM GMT

Tehran
Purportedly from earlier today, Karroubi arrives in one of the side streets leading to 7th Tir Square.







Radio caller says that many friends have told him they will join protests once they leave their offices at the end of the work day.




posted on Nov, 4 2009 @ 07:31 AM
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Way to stay on the scene! These people are certainly very brave and are fed up with the Mullah iron fist. It's going to get bloody over there. God help them.



posted on Nov, 4 2009 @ 07:44 AM
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5:00 PM Tehran time - 1:30 PM GMT

Tehran
Radio Farda reports that opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi is in state of house arrest. Mousavi had planned to attend today's rally in Tehran, but his house was surrounded by motorcycle-riding security forces this morning and he was prevented from leaving the premises.

Police brutality in a video that was purportedly filmed today in Tehran.





posted on Nov, 4 2009 @ 07:45 AM
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'We don't want an atom bomb!'




[edit on 4-11-2009 by john124]



posted on Nov, 4 2009 @ 07:50 AM
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Some tweets suggest today is the bloodiest so far! Street-fighting everywhere!

More people coming out on the streets after getting home from work, and people refusing to move!

[edit on 4-11-2009 by john124]



posted on Nov, 4 2009 @ 07:56 AM
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I especallyt liked this part

The contrasts in the latest protest wave were stark: people chanting "Death to America" outside the former embassy while opposition marchers nearby cried "Death to the Dictator."


You can only blame other's for your failings for so long before that dog just wont bark anymore...

Looks like these protesters know who's really to blame for their woes,




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