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Mousavi’s Daughters Write of Parents House Arrest: “The House is Dark With No Sign of Life, Does Anyone Hear Our Cries of Pain?”
February 24th, 2011 – Without any news regarding their parents, Mousavi and Rahnavard’s children write a letter describing the pain and suffering they have endured over the past two weeks. In this letter, they explain that the last telephone conversation with their parents took place on the afternoon of February 14th, 2011 [25 Bahman 1389]. Since then, despite daily visits to Akhtar street where their parents live, in order to inquire about their well being, they have experience nothing but insults, aggressiveness, profanities and defiance.
February 23, 2011 – Following the raid of Mehdi Karroubi’s residence by security forces two days ago, in which Mehdi Karroubi and his wife Fatemeh were locked in different rooms while their house was searched and books and documents were confiscated, the latest reports point to the fact that security agents are now deployed inside the building and have cleared the street. According to Saham News, as of this morning, intelligence agents have now transferred their vehicles and equipment inside their property and completely occupied the building. It is also being reported that as of 10 days ago, all necessities for Karroubi and his wife are being provided by security forces, a development of concern, given similar cases in the past in which physical elimination [of the individual] has been the direct objective.
JARAS — My brother loved freedom. He loved life. He was tired [of the actions of Iran government] and participated in Feb. 14th demonstration like many other youngsters just to say that he loved his country. Now neither myself, nor any of my family members, can believe that Mohammad is no longer with us. This is so cruel when we see that those who had no relation to my brother stole his coffin.
February 19th, 2011 – According to reports by a number of employees of the Office of the President and by patients and physicians at Shahid Hospital located near Akhtar street [the street where Mousavi's residence is also located], “Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard’s residence is being converted into a prison as agents proceed to install what looks like an iron barrier at the entrance of their residence.”
GVF — The Council for the Coordination of the “Green Path of Hope” has called for nationwide protests on February 20th to commemorate the fallen protesters who lost their lives as a result of state brutality during pro-opposition demonstrations on February 14th.
Senior officers in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have written a letter to their commanding officer demanding assurances that they will not be required to open fire on anti-government demonstrators.
It was not yet February 14th when Mohammad Mokhtari, 22, changed his Facebook profile picture. He uploaded the “25 Bahman” (February 14th) logo. Mohammad was going to the demonstration. He was tired and unhappy. In his last Facebook status, he wrote: “Oh God, please give me the honor to die on my feet, for I am tried of living seated and degraded”. Saneh Jaleh was a fine arts student. He had dreams. He was Kurdish. He wanted to serve his land like Bahman Qobadi [film director]. He also wanted to attend the protests.
On Monday, two protesters who attended the February 14h rallies to support Egypt and Tunisia were shot and killed by government security forces, according to the Human Rights House of Iran (RAHANA).
Street protests lead into the night
Chants: “Mubarak, Ben Ali, now it’s time for Seyed Ali”
Night chants from the opposition
Protesters attempt to close off street to prevent regime forces from entering
Protesters chant, “Free political prisoners”
According to reports received by Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran, extensive pro-democracy demonstrations were formed in numerous locations in the city of Isfahan.
People were gathered in groups of hundreds at Chahar Bagheh Bala Street and Revolution Square, along with other locations around the city. Demonstrations continued till dawn.
The presence of the regime forces who attempted to suppress the gatherings was unprecedented for the city of Isfahan. There have been unconfirmed reports of nearly five-thousand government forces in Revolution Square and the surrounding areas. Government forces were reportedly showing great sensitivity toward the usage of mobile phones.
Mass pro-democracy demonstrators chant: “I’ll kill anyone who kills my brother”
Demonstrators chant: “Khamenei should know that he’ll be overturned soon”
Large group of people march together in Tehran
Demonstrators in Tehran under tear-gas attack
Demonstrators escaping from regime forces on 25 Bahman
Pro-democracy demonstrators in Tehran chant, “Honourable Iranians, support, support”
Protesters escape the attack of regime forces
Streets leading to Enghelab square (# 9 map below) filled with demonstrators
The following is report number 14 in the Kanoon about today’s protest in Iran. Its content has been submitted by journalists and the readers.
Tehran- In Jomhouri Street, people set a newsstand on fire. Due to the crackdown and attacks by the security forces, people took refuge in the side streets and alleys, and took advantage of any opportunity to come out and chant slogans.
Clashes erupted between the people and the security forces on Azadi street, and streets leading to Enghelab square are filled with angry demonstrators. People chant:
“Death to Khamenei”
“Death to Dictator”
“Khamenei should know this time he will be toppled”
“Mubarak, Bin-Ali, now it’s the turn of Seyyed Ali [Khamenei]“
Mashhad- Today, all the shops were ordered to shut down. The security forces severely beat up a young man at Rahnamyi three-way, while not letting people approach and dispersing the crowd. Rahnamyi street was shut down. At 19h00 local time, there are still people on the street, and it is quite busy. People have planned to protest by driving up and down Rahnamyi and Ahmadabad street to honk their cars’ horns.
Arak- In the city of Arak (central Iran), a group of 500 gathered between the Malek-Abbass Abad three way and Shohada Square. The slogans chanted by the protesters were “Allaho Akbar (God is Great)” and “Death to Dictator”. At 19h00, tear gas was used and the crowd dispersed.
Based on reports received by Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran, security forces have attacked the crowd of protesters in Shiraz. Shots were heard on Eram street, Namazi street and Setad Square. Many ambulances are moving in and out to transfer the wounded.
The students at Engineering Faculty of Shiraz University staged a large protest and entered Namazi street. Citizens joined in. Other protests were staged at Setad Square, Molasadra and Eram streets. People were marching and chanting slogans like “Death to the dictator”.
Around 6:30pm, security forces attacked the protesters and beat them with batons; however, when they were unable to disperse the crowd, they fired shots into the air. Some unconfirmed reports indicate that security forces opened fire on the protesters, which resulted in the injury of some people. Following the reported shooting, ambulances left the city’s hospital located in Paramount to the location of the shooting.
Meanwhile, the security of the Eram Student dormitory (of Shiraz University) prevented students from leaving the dorm and threatened them to not take part in the protests.
A large number of security forces surrounded the areas where protests were being held and tried to disperse the crowd. However, people continued their protests and fought back. Some of the students were beaten by the forces and some have been arrested.
The protests still continue. More reports will be provided once available.
- Siavosh Jalili
یورش وحشیانه و شلیک گلوله علیه تظاهرکنندگان در شیراز | Iran Press News
Demonstrator shot by regime forces
Demonstrators chant “Death to Khamenei”
25 Bahman: “Weather Cairo or Tehran, Death to Despots”
Anti-riot forces disperse pro-democracy demonstrators
25 Bahman demonstrators chant: “What happened to [our] oil money? It’s spent on the Basij!”
25 Bahman demonstrators make fire in streets of Tehran
Pro-democracy demonstrators burn bin and chant: “Mubarak, Bin-Ali, Now its time for Seyed Ali [Khamenei]“
Regime forces approach demonstrators chanting: “Death to Khamenei”
Footage of injured protester carried by demonstrators in Tehran
Pro-democracy demonstrators make barricades in streets of Tehran
5:30pm- A crowd moved from Enghelab Square to Azadi Square. Clashes occurred. Around 500-600 police forces were stationed at the Ministry of Labour and Transportation parking lot, at the Rudaki intersection. The forces clashed with the crowd who had come from Tohid Street to Azadi Street.
Plainclothes forces and people holding batons beat citizens and forced them onto Setarekhan Street and Azerbaijan Street. Passed the Ministry of Labour, heavy clashes occurred between plainclothes forces and citizens. Protesters chanted “Death to the dictator” and “Honourable people, support, support”.
Tear gas was dispersed in the air at Azadi Square. Residents threw newspapers to the protesters from their window buildings to suppress the effects of tear gas.
BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) buses have blocked the side streets so that the protesters get cornered by the police force. Many people inside the BRT buses were chanting. The police force took some of the women out of the bus and beat them.
5:45pm - At Vali-Asr Street and Rasht Street, by the Art Academy, plainclothes forces clashed with citizens. People with bloodied faces continued to chant “Death to the dictator”.
6:00pm - Most of the clashes occurred at Azadi Square and the surrounding streets. The people in this area chanted, “Death to the dictator, whether in Cairo or Tehran”, “Allah O Akbar”, and “Ya Hossein Mir Hossein”.
6:30pm - According to Kaleme, the protests at Enghelab Street reached the millions. Now, scattered protesters are still present and chanting.
According to unconfrmed reports, arrests in the hundreds was reported in Tehran. Also, some regime supporters chanted at Enghelab Street.
A main chant from today’s protest was, “Dictator, shame. Let’s free the nation”.
Chants of death to dictator and “Long live Iranian Republic” heard in Imam Hossein Square (#17 map below)
Tehran- Large numbers of youth in Imam Hossein Square gathered while chanting “death to the dictator” and “long live the Iranian Republic”.
Tehran- In Enghelab Square, [security forces] have shut down some of the bookstores. They are not allowing people to leave the malls. They have also prevented merchants from leaving their shops until the crowd outside disperses.
Tehran- New clashes have erupted on Azadi Street between the police and protesters.
Isfahan- In Enghelab Square and the streets around Chaharbagh, large crowds have gathered on both sides of Si-o-Seh Pol Bridge. Many security forces have been stationed in the area and have been making arrests.
Regime supporter clashes with pro-democracy demonstrators
Pro-democracy demonstrators set fire on posters of Khomeini and Khamenei
Demonstrators chant: “Mubarak, Bin-Ali, Now its time for Seyed Ali [Khamenei]“
Pro-democracy demonstrators march the streets of Tehran
Demonstrators in Tehran chant: “Iranians would rather die than accept oppression”
In Vali-Asr Square (#15 in map below), people and security forces continue to clash. The Special Unit forced attacked and beat people up. People reacted by using sticks and stones.
Chants of “Death to Dictator” and “Death to Khamenei” are heard.
Clashes have also erupted between people and security forces in the intersection of Jamalzadeh Street and Fatemi Street(#12), and in front of the Ministry of Labour on Azadi Street (#16).
On Abureyhan Street (across Enghelab street) people chanted “Police forces, support people”. They threw flowers at the police. One of the police forces waved his hands for the protesters. At one point along the road, the police moved aside letting people to pass through.