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June 20, 2009

Nightfall In Iran UPDATE: White House Statement UPDATE x2: Obama Takes Daughters On Ice Cream Run UPDATE x3: A Tank In Azadi Square?

It's been a bloody day there.

Videos Posted by Hamed Rad Basij shots to death a young woman in Tehran's Saturday June 20th protests

At 19:05 June 20th
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.

That's from a Facebook account. The video there is EXTREMELY graphic, a young girl dies in front of your eyes.

Reports are now coming in about the chanting that has become a nightly ritual.

TehranBureau:

WHOLE city is shaking with very loud screams from rooftops. Their loud voices calling only for God is filled with fear, hatred, and hope.

An ABC news producer reports:

e-source on rooftops: "People are very angry…they are screaming like a banshee…this ain't aloha akbar anymore" #iranelection

There are also reports of protests and nightly chanting in cities other than Tehran.

Mousavi tells supporters to strike if he is arrested.

Meanwhile Obama's vaunted cool approach that would prevent the Mullahs from dragging the US into this hasn't worked so well. Iran state media is mistranslating his words (scroll down).

Mr. President, you personally and we as a country are being dragged in anyway, why not do the right thing? Say something. Give up the fantasy of negotiating with this regime.

The protesters know the truth. The rest of the country know the truth, those on the streets are their bothers, sisters, sons and daughters. This pose serves no one.

Finally [Slublog] - Obama issues statement.

Obama's statement

The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.

As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.

Martin Luther King once said - "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.

[DrewM.] Hey dipshit...The Iranian people are in the process of passing judgment on their government. The only question is can they make it stick.

BTW-What justice does he think the universe is bending towards here? If this is crypto speak for 'string the mullahs up', I'm in. I'd be shocked if this is what he's thinking but I'd love to know what he means by this.

Update 2: Yeah. Words fail.

Update 3: TehranBureau FB friend says: Iran source: there is a military tank in Azadi Square.

No word yet on what flavor ice cream the crew would like.

Also this...

it was a nightmare, I can barely breath & my face is burning, Masood got shot in the arm & Shayan's brother is missing

Below the fold, police attack unarmed civilians, including women in the southern city of Shiraz.


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