As the last article was published on the Iran election protests Saturday night, we had no idea if we would hear from the streets of Iran again. It was electrifying to report on Iran as sources on the Internet popped up from every direction.
None of the major networks had reports. It was Twitters, bloggers and YouTube that kept us abreast of current events. One never knew where the next bit of information on the Iranian rebellion might pop up. As I published my last article, information wasn’t coming through any more.
The last information I found was: a Tweet said they had to hide and that police were looking for satellite dishes. Ahmadinejad announced journalists were the cause of riots. And an article appeared saying peace had been restored in Iran. Then it all went blank. A complete black-out of information on Iran election violence and protest.
It was with a heavy heart I ended the evening. I feared for the Iranians, for Mousavi, who was supposedly under house arrest, and journalists. I didn’t feel we would know what was going on in Iran and what was happening to its brave people.
This morning I again scoured the Internet for information. To my surprise, ABC’s Jim Sciutto in Iran was allowed to make a report. His equipment has been confiscated and he had been reporting using his cell phone. Apparently even that is blocked but he got a report out.
He said Twitter, YouTube and all social networks are blocked in Iran. As he reports, we can hear people in the background shouting, “We want freedom.” The protesters vow to continue protesting until the election is reversed.
There are reports that protest of the Iran election has reached other areas of Iran too. So we know the reaction and protests are continuing as of today, Sunday, June 14th. This protest is making Iran history comparable to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Imagine my surprise when I found 2 more YouTube videos of the Iranian protesters posted Sunday, June 14th at 9:19 AM, CST. In one video, the streets are full of shouting people. Police ride in on motorcycles and buzz the protesters.
In this video, the crowd in the street parts as the motorcycles buzz through. Eventually you see a motorcycle on fire and a dazed policeman walks through the fire. He is helped to the side and given water. I have seen another encounter on Huffington Post where an injured policeman is helped by protesters.
Surprisingly, Wikipedia is keeping a good account of the Iran election with entries dated today too.
The second video is taken in Tabriz, another city in Iran. So yes, the reports are true, at least 2 cities in Iran have protesters. We don’t know if these videos were shot on Sunday, but they were posted Sunday. If you speak the language, we need translations. Please contact me or post them on the Internet.
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