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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Chaotic Scenes

Chaotic scenes played out across city streets that for nearly a week had been flooded with hundreds of thousands of protesters marching mostly peacefully to protest alleged vote-rigging in the nation’s presidential election.

Clouds of gas or smoke filled intersections around Enghelab Street, which links the two main squares where an opposition protest was scheduled to take place. In one square, a crowd of about 4,000 and 5,000 people was attacked by clusters of militia forces on motorcycles and on foot, witnesses said.

Some of the protesters turned and ran, but others stood their ground, grabbing anything they could find — sticks and rocks and bricks — to throw at the riot police. Three motorcycles were set on fire, filling the area with flames and smoke. Each time the protesters managed to gain ground against the militia, known as the Basij, a roar of support went up from the demonstrators.

link: Iranian Police Clash With Protesters -


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