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June 22, 2009
Iranian police use gunfire, tear gas to break up protests

After a violent and deadly weekend, Iran’s most powerful security force issued its strongest warning against further protest. The Revolution Guard said there would be a “revolutionary confrontation” if demonstrators took to the streets again.

When several hundred protesters gathered in a Tehran square on Monday, riot police moved in, attacking the crowd with tear gas and firing live bullets in the air.

Ten days after Iran’s disputed presidential election, the Guardian Council — the country’s highest authority — acknowledged that there were voting problems in 50 election districts. However, it said these problems will not affect the outcome of the election.

Below, view a slideshow of recent events in Iran from an anonymous journalist with Tehran Bureau:

One Twitter user listed as living in Iran describes his/her hope for the future:

when you stand on the roof and hear allahu akbar for hours and hours its so crazy..i hear old many years he wants to yell that. my country needs no more killing…no more violence more fighting ..just living in peace and freedom forever. in many years people will forget about this time about me and neda they will be free to forget. free to do anything

“Neda” was a young girl who was shot during a protest. The video of her death has captured the world’s attention and is said to be circulating widely in Iran. Many Web sites have already labeled her a martyr.

Another Twitter user wrote of the girl:

If regime topples in Iran, new govt should build a statue to #Neda. Her death has galvanized everyone.

Watch the video of “Neda” below. WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES. Viewer discretion is advised.

The description accompanying the video (unverified):

Place: Karekar Ave., at the corner crossing Khosravi St. and Salehi st. A young woman who was standing aside with her father watching the protests was shot by a basij member hiding on the rooftop of a civilian house. He had clear shot at the girl and could not miss her. However, he aimed straight her heart. I am a doctor, so I rushed to try to save her. But the impact of the gunshot was so fierce that the bullet had blasted inside the victim’s chest, and she died in less than 2 minutes. The protests were going on about 1 kilometers away in the main street and some of the protesting crowd were running from tear gass used among them, towards Salehi St. The film is shot by my friend who was standing beside me. Please let the world know.

Another Twitter user asks Iranians to help out:

Ppl – stop to pay all electricity, gas, water, telephone bills from today – this will starve the Gov. Tehran is burning with the blood of our Martyrs – The streets are full of dead. if u wantto help but are frightened of the streets – give blood – that is big help.

An Iranian-American college student currently in northern Iran describes her emotions:

Everyone seems to think that blood has to be spilled in order to change anything. Although the protests are properly peaceful, the Basij police are not.

Blood has been spilled, and I am sure more will be spilled today. The question is how big a change it will make.

[…]The thing I most want to do is go home. I came to Iran to see its beautiful side, but the country and even my family have shown their ugliest faces. Their ugliest faces.

For more, view our Voices of Iran extended coverage page and listen to our online radio show on Baha’i faith and modern Iran.

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Excellent coverage of the Iran crisis both in words and pictures. Please keep up the good work.

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