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Inside Iran Protests - Part 3

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June 27, 2009

Special Report


Face to Face - Force versus Logic
A protester with a rolled up document of election fraud in his hand, speaks logic with an Anti Riot Police during a demonstration against the election results in Tehran on June 13, 2009. Hundreds of thousands of protesters and security forces clashed in Tehran and other cities after a suspicious landslide victory for Ahmadinejad in the presidential election!


The Confrontation
Protester confronts police. Basij militia on the bottom right walks towards the conflict.


Basij thug in civilian clothes fires warning shots to disperse protesters in central Tehran on June 14, 2009. Other biker Basij thugs tag along to crack down on the protesters. At this huge rally, security forces cracked down on opposition protestors with mass arrests.


The Unavoidable Clash!
Opposition protesters face off against the Anti Riot Police during a demonstration on June 20, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. Thousands of Iranians clashed with police as they defied an ultimatum from the supreme spiritual leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei calling for an end to the protests over the disputed presidential election results.


Iranian police, anti riot police and Basij Paramilitia sit on motorcycles as they regroup to face the protesters during a demonstration in Tehran on June 20, 2009. Hezbollah thugs in civilian clothes are riding on their bikes at the background. The usual format is two security personnel per each bike. One security personnel rides the bike and the other one sits at the back of the bike with baton, dagger and gun to crack down on the protesters.


Where is my vote?


An Iranian Woman Protester, supporter of the reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi looks up, with the victory sign as she passes below the photographer during a demonstration on June 17, 2009 in Tehran, Iran.


Face of the Opposition!
An Iranian female demonstrator heads towards Azadi Square during a rally in support of presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi in western Tehran on June 15, 2009. She is wearing a green headband (color of the opposition) and a mask.


Supporters of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi take a break from demonstrating on June 18, 2009 in Tehran, Iran holding a picture of the first opposition martyr shot by the Basij, and flowers and candles for his memory.


An Iranian protester stands next to a burning bus during clashes with Iranian police at a demonstration in Tehran on June 20, 2009.


Opposition protesters set burning barricades in the streets and chant slogans as they protest during a demonstration at an intersection on June 20, 2009 in Tehran, Iran.


Intersection is now controlled by the protesters as they set burning barricades in the streets during a demonstration on June 20, 2009.


Iranian security forces and Basij paramilitia retake control of this intersection in Tehran, Iran after disrupting a demonstration on June 20, 2009.


Supporters of reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi demonstrate on June 18, 2009 in Tehran, Iran.


Iranian supporters of reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi demonstrate on June 17, 2009 in Tehran, Iran.


An opposition protester holds up a sign while protesting in Ferdowsi Avenue. The sign reads:
“Close shop (government) like you close my mouth!”
Brave Iranian Women protesters had shown amazing courage during the protests and a number of them were murdered and injured by the security forces.


Iranian anti riot police clash with the demonstrators in Tehran, Iran on Saturday June 20, 2009.


Protesters, singled out, captured and took away a Basij paramilitia, linked to the IRGC Revolutionary Guards. Security forces including Basij had a great number of death and injury by the hands of protesters. In many demonstrations, people took charge and retaliated against the violent attacks of the security forces. People specifically cracked down on Basij because these guys are the most violent members of the Iranian security forces.


A supporter of Iran's reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi holds a piece of paper that reads "We write Mousavi, they read Ahmadinejad" during post-election unrest in Tehran June 13, 2009. Thousands of people clashed with police on Saturday after the disputed election victory of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sparked the biggest protests in Tehran since the 1979 Islamic revolution.


The Ugly Iranian (Basij)!
Basij militia on scooters patrolling a street in Tehran on June 22, 2009. Iran was bracing for pro-government student protests against the British embassy in Tehran on June 23 as the world voiced increasing alarm at the violent crackdown on opposition demonstrators.


The Ugly Iranian (Anti Riot Police)!
Anti Riot police drive past Tehran University during the Friday Prayers in Tehran on June 19, 2009. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday demanded an end to street protests that have shaken the country since the disputed presidential election a week ago and said any bloodshed would be their leaders' fault.


An Iranian protestor flashes the victory sign from behind a public trash bin set on fire at an anti-government protest in Tehran, Iran Saturday June 20, 2009.


More power to the Iranian woman!
An Iranian woman protester carries rocks to throw at the Hezbollah thugs at an anti-government protest in Tehran, Iran Saturday June 20, 2009.


This is Neda.
Neda Agha Soltan had become an icon for the protests.


This is Neda with Hejab.
Neda Agha Soltan, who was killed when hit by a bullet during a protest in Tehran. A video showing the young woman bleeding to death was put online on June 20 and has since been viewed hundreds of thousands of times around the world. Iran's top election body on June 23 ruled out cancelling the disputed presidential vote as the world voiced increasing alarm at the violent crackdown on opposition demonstrators posing the most serious challenge to the Islamic regime in 30 years.


This is what they done to Neda!
A screen picture taken on June 21, 2009 from a video posted on YouTube shows Iranian men trying to help a wounded woman named "Neda" after she was shot in the chest during a protest in Tehran on June 20, 2009. She died only moments later. Neda Agha Soltan has become an iconic figure among supporters of the opposition; her memorial on June 22nd was apparently disrupted by the Iranian anti riot police.


This is what they done to her, up-close.
A screen picture taken on June 21, 2009 from a video posted on YouTube, shows Iranian men trying to help a wounded woman named "Neda" after getting shot in the chest during a protest in Tehran on June 20, 2009. At least 10 people were killed in the same unrest in Tehran, when opposition stepped up its defiance of Iran's Islamic rulers over the disputed election. The amazing story is that before the riots, Neda’s boyfriend asked her not to go but Neda told him: “In every revolution people must sacrifice and I am part of the people. I must rally even if a bullet cracks my heart”! Strangely what she said had come true and a Basij sniper’s bullet was shot at her chest and did crack her heart wide open! Neda’s blood was not dropped in vein. We the Iranian opposition will make sure of it!


This is how people are remembering Neda.


A wounded protester is treated on the street by others in Tehran, Iran on Saturday June 20, 2009.


An injured man is helped in Tehran on June 21, 2009. At last the pro-reform clerics in Iran stepped up criticism of the authorities on Sunday after more than a week of unprecedented popular defiance against the leadership of the Islamic Republic.


A man lies on the ground during a protest on a street in Tehran June 20, 2009. Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi said he was "ready for martyrdom", in leading protests that have shaken the Islamic Republic and brought warnings of bloodshed from Iran's Supreme Spiritual Leader.


Iranian Woman ready to throw rock at the security forces!


Protester on the left confronts the Anti Riot Police and Basij militia members kneeling behind their shields, creating a line of defense in Tehran, Iran on June 20, 2009. The Basij member in civilian clothes standing at the far right brandishes a handgun that he apparently just fired into the air while cussing the protester and challenging him.


Despite the warning shots fired, protesters approach the security forces. Protester in the gray shirt apparently comes too close while others continue to throw rocks at the security forces.


The protester in the gray shirt is attacked by a member of the Basij militia. Other protesters come to his rescue and shower the Basij by rocks!


Protesters mass attack the security forces via batons captured from the police and shower the Basij with rocks. Police and Basij militia members seeing that their defense has been compromised, start a gradual retreat to escape the hand to hand combat with the people. Security forces run away as stone-throwing protesters advance on them. This one was won by the people. Power to the people!


The Old and The New Generation, Comrades in Arms defying the Islamic Regime!
A brave Iranian man gestures victory sign as he carries his child during a protest in Tehran June 21, 2009. Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi said the Islamic Republic must be purged of what he called lies and dishonesty, sending out a direct challenge to conservative rulers after a week of unrest in Iran.

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