Iran Police Disperse Tens Of Thousands Of Tehran Protesters With Teargas As Rioting Spreads: Follow Events In Real Time

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Blink and you will miss the latest revolution. Algeria riots yesterday, Bahrain earlier today, and Iran now. Per AP: "Clashes between Iranian police and tens of thousands of protesters wrecked central Tehran on Monday as security forces beat and fired tear gas at opposition supporters hoping to evoke Egypt's recent popular uprising. The opposition called for a demonstration Monday in solidarity with Egypt's  popular revolt that a few days earlier forced the president there to resign after nearly 30 years in office. The rally is the first major show of strength for Iran's cowed opposition in more than a year. Police used tear gas against the protesters in central Tehran's Enghelab, or Revolution, square and in Imam Hossein square, as well as in other nearby main streets. Demonstrators responded by setting garbage cans on fire to protect themselves from the stinging white clouds." And a quick refresher in Geopolitics 101: Iran has lots of oil...and, supposedly,  nukes (assuming Norton anti-virus has a Stuxnet patch).

A quick clip of the rapidly deteriorating situation in Tehran, where protesters are chanting 'Death to Khamenei.'

More from AP:

Security forces on motorcycles could also be seen chasing protesters through the streets, according to eyewitnesses.

The semiofficial Fars news agency called protesters "hypocrites, monarchists, ruffians and seditionists," and ridiculed them for not chanting any slogans about Egypt has they had originally promised.

Fars, which is linked to the Revolutionary Guard, Iran's most powerful military force, said an unspecified number of protesters were arrested and handed over to police and security officials. It didn't elaborate.

Opposition website reported that similar rallies took place in the central city of Isfahan and Shiraz in the south. Security forces used force to disperse them as well.

And with Al Jazeera not following the Iran events (yet), readers can track developments in Iran at the following blog: Dissected News. Some of the more recent updates:

17:51 GMT – 9:21 PM Tehran Time

Dissected News has just received
an exclusive audio message from a source in Iran that has been reliable
in the past. We have no way of verifying the following eyewitness
account, reportedly recorded today. (English transcript of audio

While breathless: I was in the
street I went into an alley find an open door and jumped in.They shot a
lot in the air and shot tear gas canisters but they also shot some by
live ammunition I saw that myself.

All of sudden about 40 suppressive forces
beat one person. An old man, 80 years old was badly beaten. I received
about 10 to 12 baton strokes in my leg too so I could not run any more.

Many of our sisters and brothers were arrested. My eyes are still burning.

These next 3 quick updates come from Enduring America:

1719 GMT: Kurdish, civil rights activist Susan Mohammadkhani Ghiasvand has been arrested.

1715 GMT:
Kalemeh reports that the residences of former President Mohammad
Khatami and former Vice President Abdollah Nouri are “under siege”.

1705 GMT: BBC Persian is reporting clashes in Vanak Square in north Tehran.

16:54 GMT – 8:24 PM Tehran

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this morning. This is highly unusual, as they are professionally hosted.
First of all, we apologize for the inconvenience. Secondly, our hosting
company is launching an investigation – stay tuned.

CNN’s Reza Sayah is reporting that tens
of thousands of peaceful protesters are marching towards Azadi Square.
All reports indicate that these are the biggest protests in over a year,
and the situation is very chaotic and dangerous on the ground in

Tehran Bureau (Josh Shahryar) has this report:

7:55 p.m.
Imam Hossein Square in Tehran is currently the scene of clashes between
protesters and security forces. And we can confirm that a protest took
place today in the city of Rasht, on the Caspian Sea coast. To this
point, that makes five cities where we can confirm protests have
happened: Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Kermanshah, and Rasht.

IGV is reporting that security forces have attacked crowds near Enghelab Square.

Kaleme is carrying a picture of Mousavi’s house, with a police van blocking off the street.

Enduring America is also reporting confirmation of clashes in Shiraz.

15:28 GMT: 7:32 PM Tehran

Most of the last hour has been spent
pouring through misinformation. A video reportedly showing a massive
protest today was circulated. Protesters could be heard mentioning Ben
Ali. The video, however, was taken on June 15, 2009. It is difficult to
sort through all the noise to get a good read on the size and scope of
the protests. Information is pouring in fast, but we’re doing our best
to filter it for accuracy.

Luckily, we have our first confirmed
video of the day. Mehdi Saharkhiz has uploaded this video showing
protesters march towards Enghelab Square. At the end of the video, they
turn and run as tear gas is fired into the crowd.

HRANA is reporting that 1 person was killed, 2 injured, and at least 250 were detained in today’s protests so far. This has yet to be confirmed.

The BBC, who has a reporter on the ground, is reporting that tear gas has been fired
as protesters attempted to rally. They also stated that Mousavi is
still under house arrest. The situation on the ground was described as
“total chaos.”

1416 GMT:

According to Mardomak (trusted in the past) security forces are using tear gas to disperse crowds in Enghelab Square Enghelab Avenue. Rahana is also reporting that security has blocked Taleqani Ave and other cross sections and people in cars are honking in protest.

Also, reports are coming in from other cities, including a report from Radio Farda that thousands have gathered to protest in Isfahan and Kermanshah.

There are many reports of clashes and
protests. All over Tehran, but we will wait to report them until we have
confirmation of details.

1343 GMT:

According to Reza Sayah,
there have been violent clashes in fron of Tehran University, where
some protesters have been taken away on motorcycle. There are also many
protesters clashing with security forces at Iman Hossein Square, where
people are chanting “Death to the Dictator, Death to Khamenei.”

From all accounts, the protesters have been peacefully marching, but security forces are trying to disperse them.

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Pants McPants's picture

<Insert obligatory pro-US military retard comment about invasion and WMD here>

Batty Koda's picture

Don't be such a killjoy, this has nothing to do with the US military or CIA. This is genuine, grassroots opposition to brutal dictators! The US isn't even interested in Iran!

Besides, Ahmadinejad is a nut! He's got nukes and must be stopped!!

We can only hope these freedom fighters overthow his tyrannical regime and welcome our own friendly overlords the IMF.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

I can't believe they called people ruffians.  Those are fighting words.

william the bastard's picture


Iran Tehran 14 feb 2011 Basijis going towards protestors UNITY4IRAN

Iran - Tehran 14 Feb 2011- A protester lifting picture of Martyrs UNITY4IRAN

Iran tehran 14 Feb 2011 Death to dictator UNITY4IRAN

Iran 14 Feb 2011 Tehran, near Enghelab Sq Free political prisoner UNITY4IRAN
ZerOhead's picture


Looks like the real deal right now. Expect the CIA to be manouvering for a color coded entry point.

Unlike Egypt this little box of sand sits atop a sea of 10W30.

And I have yet to see a battery operated Chinese jet fighter!

ZerOhead's picture

There is precious little that has escaped my eye when it comes to the matter of avionic propulsion systems.

But that would be one. Yeeeouch!


born2bmild's picture

No nukes and they haven't invaded another country in 250 years, I wish the US could say both.

tmosley's picture

No nukes leaves you vulnerable to invasion.  The second part I agree with, however.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Whoops. Looks like commodities AND Middle East rioting are going parabolic.

To the moon Alice.

Police used tear gas against the protesters in central Tehran's Enghelab, or Revolution, square and in Imam Hossein square, as well as in other nearby main streets.

Thank God America doesn't have a "Revolution" square, just Sheep Highway and Passive Four Corners.

jus_lite_reading's picture

Doesn't matter. So long as "the markets" close green today, everything is dandy.

Must. Close. Green. <splat> "Damnit Timmy! You got that in my eye!"


As I said a few weeks ago, not even a major cataclysm could shake these "markets" down more than 150 points...

The French named Marie Antoninette "Madam Deficit" shortly before the revolution. We should give Ben the name, "Dr. Deficit" and let history come full circle.

akak's picture

Thank God America doesn't have a "Revolution" square, just Sheep Highway and Passive Four Corners.

I am often struck by the fact that the recent, popular, massive public protests in various "authoritarian" Middle Eastern nations would be impossible in the United States today, as any such "unapproved" protests would immediately be broken up, and the participants arrested en masse.  "Land of the Free" my ass!  Yet another arena in which Americans are much LESS free than others around the world.

williambanzai7's picture

Unfortunately, you are right

Bob's picture

I suspect that the televised Egyptian revolt has strongly modified many cops' attitudes about beating down protests.  It's been made very clear that security forces were heroic only for their forebearance. 

What a great time this would be for a march to the NYSE, ten thousand people taking over The Street.  If they were arrested, viewers would definintely get the point: Wall Street is a dictator.

cougar_w's picture

That's an interesting cut. I've not been comfortable with how our own "internal security" shock troops would respond to domestic unrest. Could be you are right and they are watching this and thinking about things.

I read a story recently that pointed out the difference between today's military and that of yesteryear, being that modern professional soldiers get a lot more training on actual killing, and as such can be relied upon to do exactly that. If any amount of that has made its way into public safety (via all the ways that military culture does, including media and entertainment) then I have some concerns going up against the cops around here.

Bob's picture

It needs, in bobworld of course, to be tested asap.  How about a demo on Wall Street?

creviceCaress's picture



good stuff cougar, think of the % of the reg. military who've developed the taste, let alone "contractors" and on up.....i bet they'll be corralled and kept in with the gimp until its time to wake 'em up....most standard troops and rural police wont be too blood thirsty....maybe?....all depends on how much more ground sensible people can make before the party starts.

DaveyJones's picture

"protesters?"  you mean terrorists

D-Falt's picture

Dude!  That's why you do meet-ups to arrange your flash mob.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Mom? Is that you? I told you to stay inside while Banzai7 was roaming the streets with camera in hand. Now you've gone and got yourself posted on ZH.

Miss Expectations's picture

How about Boston Common...The Liberty Tree

The Liberty Tree (1646–1775) was a famous elm tree that stood in Boston, near Boston Common, in the days before the American Revolution. The tree was a rallying point for the growing resistance to the rule of Britain over the American colonies. In the years that followed, almost every American town had its own Liberty Tree—a living symbol of popular support for individual liberty and resistance to tyranny. In some locales, a Liberty Pole rather than a tree served the same political purpose.

dark pools of soros's picture

don't worry, a Riot Reality show is in the works with full sponsorships and a related theme park ride..

Cindy_Dies_In_The_End's picture

Why would they when they have Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to keep the sheeple laughing. Too bad they can't figure out who is really the joke.

vote_libertarian_party's picture

'total chaos' in a large oil exporting country.


Does not compute for the buy buy buy bots.



Treasury rates...unch




Please proceed to the stock walk up into the close.

jus_lite_reading's picture

Must. Close. Green.

The "markets" are so easily manipulated; YAHOO has the search words "stock prices" in the 5th place today. The sheeple think higher prices mean recovery.

goldfish1's picture

Yes, the yahoos at yahoo determining the

search words of the day. Does that come

across via fax?



D-Falt's picture


Must. Close. Green.</i>


Like Solyent Green.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

Oil is up sharply.  Stop looking at WTI.  It no longer is the benchmark.  Brent is up almost 3%

williambanzai7's picture

A news agency called FARCE?

Turn on the popcorn machines!

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Weak minds (and stand up comics who suck) always turn to fart jokes as a last resort. :>)

williambanzai7's picture

In Tehran, nothing could be farter from the truth.

downrodeo's picture

whoever denied it suppli... ahh nevermind...

williambanzai7's picture

Hip to the revolutionary power of social media, the United States government opened a Farsi-language Twitter account to reach increasingly restless Iranians a/k/a "FART-WIT"

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

I'm pretty sure that the protocol calls for the "smelt it/dealt it" form of standard response to Cog's question.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Like Jeopardy, I prefer the response in the form of a question.

Orly's picture

Okay, how about, "What makes you think that half a thread of flatulence jokes is even remotely funny, Alex?"

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

It's Banzai7's fault. He started it. I'm the victim here. Just like every other red blooded American.

BTW "half a thread"? Please tell me you don't believe the guy when he tells you six inches is a foot.

williambanzai7's picture

Blame the people naming the media outlets in Tehran!

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Thank God that was Nomex covering the chair or he would have been in real trouble.

BTW he looked supremely satisfied with his performance. :>)

cougar_w's picture

Wait. Is that real butter you are using or some kinda yellow hydrogenated plastic paste from China?

Cuz butter makes me fat.