July 9: street battles

July 9: street battles
: Update: Hoder is blogging the events in Iran on his English-language weblog.

: AFP says at IranMania:

Journalists also received written instructions not to cover any illegal gatherings — even though there was no immediate sign of any….

In a bid to ease tensions, the conservative judiciary has released a number of detained students, but at the same time made it clear that any further unrest — branded as the work of arch-enemy the United States — will not be tolerated.

Some of the students detained in the 1999 unrest — in which at least one student was killed and hundreds were injured or arrested — are still in jail.

: Sky News reports:

Police have faught running battles in Iran’s capital between hardline Islamic vigilantes and pro-democracy youths.

The three-sided running street fights took place near the capital’s Tehran University.

A witness said police had fired tear gas at groups of youths near the campus and also fought fist fights with plainclothes Islamic militiamen to prevent them from engaging in further running battles.

: Tehran Online, a blog, reports hearing explosions.

  • ken

    Just returned from the NYC demonstration. Very small turnout, almost all Iranians. Kind of caused me to have a blogfit, but I’m glad I went all the same. Thanks for staying on top of this.

  • button

    Blogger from tehran online says his blog is being blocked by filters right now. Didn’t he prepare with software to get through the filters? There are ways to penetrate the filters. I hope hoder or someone can give them the info about this.

  • KMK

    2 more links..
    Student Heroes Take On Mullahs
    Khatami under pressure from brother over arrests

  • KMK

    This is the reason for the explosions…

  • Ken,
    Your post was excellent. I’m disappointed that the demonstration here in NYC was so sparsely attended. I thought about leaving work to go to it, now I wish I had. But the “blogfit” you describe was a nicely written piece I think. I hope you get a lot of links.

  • KMK

    – UN human rights official to visit Iran

  • button

    Jeff, it has started now and is being reported. Google Tehran protests. It’s on the news media now. All hell is breaking loose. It’s 5:07 pm here in NJ. as I write this.