Video: Shots Fired Into Crowd At Pro-Mousavi Rally. Iranians Tweet Violence. Calls For A Strike
The Revolutionary Guard — a military group with links to the Ahmadinejad administration is being blamed for shooting at least one person at a pro-Mousavi rally in Tehran. Iranian television and other outlets at the event are saying that at least one person has been killed at a massive rally where thousands of Mousavi supporters had gathered. There are rumors that perhaps more people have been killed.
According to the Independent:
It was reported that shots were fired at the protesters, killing at least one person.
An Associated Press photographer saw one person shot dead and several others who appear seriously wounded in Tehran’s Azadi Square.
This according to Al-Jazeera and AP:
Clashes were reported on Monday hours after the rally, held in defiance of a ban imposed by the interior ministry, began.
An Associated Press photographer in Tehran’s Azadi Square said one person had been shot dead and several others appeared to be seriously wounded.
According to Iranians on the ground, unknown assailants riding motorcycles and not wearing police uniforms are being rumored to be the ones attacking protestors.
Twitter users are closely following an Iranian called “persiankiwi” who has been reporting from the rally various acts of violence from police.
Here are some of his tweet:
persiankiwi: unconfirmed – Dr’s reporting ‘several’ dead from Azadi sq today. seeking names; #Iranelection
persiankiwi: [we] were attacked in streets by mob on motorbikes with batons – firing guns into air – streetfires all over town – roads closed; #Iranelection
persiankiwi: Moussavi asks people to confront military with flowers not guns – we want peace – #Iranelection
persianwiki: Troubled day in Isfahan – several protesters killed; #Iranelection
NATIONAL STRIKE CALLED
The pro-Mousavi rally had been banned by the Iranian government hours after it was planned by reformist leaders, but it took place despite calls for people to stay home. Mousavi has called for a national strike tomorrow.
Twitter users are providing Iranians with IP address/proxy information that they can connect to avoid government filters which have been set to suppress communication from Iranians to the outside world.