Tweets from the front: ‘Iran is on fire’

( – promoted by mishima)

The revolution may not be televised, but it will be Twittered.

Right now, people in Iran are fighting and dying for their freedom:

IRAN is on fire! ppl are fighting in ALL CITIES for their VOTE and against the DICTATORSHIP! #iranelection,RT pls

# sources from Tehran: ppl are killed, ppl are in blood, tehran is hell. #iranelection #cnnfail15 minutes ago from web

“sadatabad, tehran. violent street battles between Basij and people. cars on fire.” @iran09 #Iranelection

RT @StopAhmadi It’s getting rough in Rasht tonight. Armed forces waiting for ppl to make their move to beat them #IranElection

There is fight in Shiraz between people and police in Mollasadra, Sinama Sadi and other down town streets. #iranelection

Hospitals around Tehran surrounded by secret police who refuse to let people with injuries get through, humanity at its worst #iranelection

It is near morning there now, and the regime appears to have spent last night, among other things, attacking university dorms in Tehran and elsewhere:

all university’s own security and personnel already evacuated by police, there are only us students in here right now. #iranelection

@mohamadreza: they push ppl & students into the dorms then throw tear gas, sometimes attacking them with anything they have

@IranRiggedElect sources: “tear gas in the dorm. It’s un-uniformed police and riot guards. at least 100 students arrested.”#iranelectionabout 2 hours ago from web

to other sources: this isn’t the police! police is still outside! we’re under attack by Ansar-Hezbolah. #iranelection

@Change_for_Iran:typing as fastest as I can in bth English&Farsi,Still we need outside help,I really don’t want to be captured by Ansar

@Change_for_Iran: some students with urgent need of medical attention calling out to all ppl who can help don’t leave us #iranelection

They attacked protestors students in Guilan university. Blood and violence here… #IranElection

unconfirm: Shooting @ Tehran Univ. Dorm. Militia has attacked the student like 8 years ago

Friend: 17 y/o killed infront of me couldn’t get to him in time guards beating us up went to hospital but he stopped moving #iranelection

Students:”50 of our friends are in jail now. We were beaten. We expect Mousavi to stand up to this,we support him” #iranelection

The students and others are fighting back:

eyewitness: It’s 3am in Iran and ppl are still fighting on the streets. #iranelection #cnnfail

Guards are Shootings in Tehran and Police car being attack by protesters …

is there any end to police’s motorcycles?! how much more we should burn?! #iranelection

@iran09 best way to #counter-attack the riders: carry some MOTOR OIL! #iranelection

@Ghattavi students hold two militias as hostage, loads of motor oil is spread on the streets [to make bikers slip]

Hackers toolkit for taking down Iranian propaganda websites. VERY EASY TO USE: #iranelection

wwowowowowo!!!!! id down!!!! #iranelection #WeWin #cyberattack

Mousavi has called for a demonstration tomorrow @ 4:00 pm (7:30 am EST) followed by a general strike on Tuesday.  The regime says the demonstration is illegal and there are reports of Revolutionary Guard tanks moving into the capital.  No one doubts what is at stake:

4pm all across IRAN RT @persiankiwi tomorrow we march. Will biggest in world history. 10 mill march tomorrow.

@flashpolitique we are moving either toward a north korean style dictatorship or a more open and democratic society

black joke:”George Orwell has requested to change his book’s name from 1984 to 1388.”(it’s year 1388 in iran. calendar) #iranelection

Stay tuned….

Update:  Per the request of Mousavi, the Iranians are on the rooftops shouting Alaho Akbar (God is Great) in protest.

@mousavi1388 ALL internet & mobile networks cut. We ask all Tehran to go to their rooftops & shout ALAHO AKBAR in protest #IranElection

@persiankiwi: people still shouting from rooftops. ‘allah akbar – death to the dictator’.

FIRST HAND COnFIRMED- people are on their roofs shouting “alah akbar”,god is great.This is how the revolution startd 30yrs ago

Update 2:  More claims of the regime using Lebanese Hezbollah fighters for its thuggery.

@theneave Confirmed: ‘police’ who are actually beating up the Iranian people are the Lebanese Hizbollah. #iranelection #mousavi #greenscream

@oxfordgirl Reports of Hizbollah on streets Tehran on Twitter, not got any1 to confirm. But is credible, trained in Iran

@StopAhmadi: My theory: The gvmt rigged the election, knew things will heaten up, got Lebanese Hizbollah riots for backup #IranElection

It’s never a good sign for a religious dictator when he has to import muscle.  Just ask Charles I how well that worked out.


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  1. The whole world is watching, and I don’t think Iran will be the same.

    Here’s hoping Democracy and the true will of the people prevail.

  2. CNN cannot show Iranians as human beings because in six to nine months they’re expecting to be playing round-the-clock lurid explosions in downtown Tehran that their audience of shut-ins, nitwits and clueless, brainwashed dorks can slaver over while being flogged brands like Boeing and Archer Daniels Midland.

  3. From Rob Kall, of Op-Ed News, June 16, 2009

    Iran’s 3rd Revolution: 7 Protesters Killed, Journalists Threatened with Arrest if They Report Street Protests

                   Protest in Tehran

    flickr image by faramarz

    Between Twitter, isolated reports from the media and live blogging, particularly by Nico Pitney of huffingtonpost, it is clear that things are becoming not only more chaotic in Iran, but also that more are getting involved in the protests.

    Twitter has become a major tool, even a “weapon,” used by protesters to keep the rest of the world informed as the Iranian government has cracked down on all efforts to report on and cover the protests.

    A Twitterer reports that troops are entering Tehran.

    Another Twitterer tweets that foreign journalists have been warned they will be arrested if they report what is happening on the streets.

    Pitney cites the NY Times,

    The latest from Roger Cohen of the New York Times, who has been in Iran since before the election.

    For the first time, I saw traffic police smiling at the crowd. Even the black-clad elite riot police were impassive. “Raise your arms, raise your arms,” one man murmured to them.

    If the regime had hoped to quell Iran’s powerful democratic stirring with a massive show of force since last Friday’s vote, it failed to do so.

    For the first time, in that crowd, it seemed to me that the forces of change, the deeper Iran of civility and courage that I first encountered several months ago, might prevail. Seldom has silence been more eloquent or potent. […]

    Many women are trying quietly to bridge the chasm and avoid the worst. I’ve heard them whispering to the Basij and the police that “We are all Iranians,” urging them to hold back.

    As Pepe Escobar reports in Asia Times, this is no longer about who won the election.

    This has nothing to do with the US-supported color-coded revolutions in Eurasia. This is about Iran.

    An election was stolen in the United States

    in 2000 and Americans didn’t do a thing about it. Iranians are willing to die to have their votes counted. There is now an opening for a true Iranian people-power movement not specifically to the benefit of Mousavi, but with Mousavi as the catalyst in a wider struggle for real democratic legitimacy. The die is cast; now it’s people power against “divine assessment”.

    The true power struggle in Iran could ultimately be between Khameni and Rafsanjani. Escobar explains, . . . .

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