Kaleme – Dispersed Gatherings in Tehran increasing as night approaches. Each minute gatherings are increasing in certain areas of Tehran, including Vali-Asr Street, Chahar Rah Parkway, Mirdamad and Hafte-Tir squares. According to Kaleme, on Mirdamad Street, military and plainclothes militia forces are clashing with protesters. At Hafte-Tir Square there are also clashes between protesters and anti-riot forces. Groups of people are moving toward the Seda O Sima television building. There is a heavy presence of security, anti-riot, military, and plainclothes forces across Tehran.
Basij militia on motorbikes patrol streets of Tehran
Heavy presence of Basij forces in Vali-e Asr, Tehran
Metal wall built around Mir Hossein Mousavi’s house
Presence of security forces in Tehran’s Enghelab Square
HRANA– Certain Kurdish areas of Kurdistan go on general strike on February 20, 2011.
Based on reports received by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), as much as 80 percent of shops have participated in a general strike in Bookan. There is a severe security atmosphere in the city.
Moreover, a group of youth in the city of Mehabad have organized a gathering at Esteqhlal square, chanting anti-regime slogans in spite a considerable presence of security forces in Mehabad.
It should be noted that people in the Kurdish areas had decided to form an all-out general strike on the occasion of the 7th day of mourning for the death of Saneh Jale, a Kurdish student of Art Academy in Tehran who was shot dead by security forces 25 Bahman demonstrations on Monday, February 14.
Reuters – Iran arrested the daughter of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Sunday for taking part in a banned opposition rally, the official IRNA news agency reported.
“Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani was identified and arrested by security forces in Tehran while … making blunt statements and chanting provocative slogans,” IRNA reported.
A number of plainclothes, Basij, police, and anti-riot forces in the streets of Tehran are estimated to be more than last week’s protest.
Kaleme reports that a few hundred security and military forces are present at Fatemi Square and Fatemi Street, shoulder to shoulder with each other, and they are not letting anybody gather. The north side of Fatemi Square is completely controlled by police and the south side of the street is dominated by plainclothes forces.
Kaleme reporters compared today’s atmosphere in Tehran with June 20, 2009. People from all ages, from teenagers to senior citizens, are countering oppressive forces.
Today a new group of Revolutionary Guards, with uniforms never seen before, are present in the streets of Tehran.
Security and police forces are aimleslly moving among people, sometimes checking people’s ID cards on Vali-Asr Street, around Motahari Street to Valiasr Square, Jomhouri Street and Vali-Asr crossroads.
The latest reports indicate that gatherings toward Enqelab and Jamalzadeh are forming.
– Arash Azizi
Daneshjoo News – According to an eyewitness, one person has been shot dead by security forces in Haft-e Tir Square (#7 on the map). Crowds of protesters have joined each other in Enghelab Square (#9 on the map).
Minutes after a gathering was formed in Haft-e Tir Square, security forces opened fire on the people.
According to Daneshjoo News, one protester has been killed in Haft-e Tir Square after being shot by security forces armed with hand guns. Additionally, several other protesters have been injured as a result of clashes on Haft-e Tir Square.
One of the eyewitnesses told Daneshjoo News, the injuries sustained by the person shot was so much that (s)he lost his/her life within minutes of being shot. Meanwhile, BBC has reported that an eyewitness has heard gunshots around Abbas Abad Street of Tehran.
Since this morning, special guard units and police forces accompanied by the Basij militia who are equipped with cold and live weapons. They are stationed in Tehran’s major squares to prevent the gathering of any protest gathering. However, in some parts of Tehran like Vali-Asr Square (#15 on the map), Haft-e Tir Square, Vanak Square (#21 on the map), and in front of Mellat Park (#22 on the map), people have gathered and chanted slogans against the regime.
Various Islamic Republic officials have warned in recent days that any gathering will be dealt with harshly. Fars News Agency published a news article this morning announcing that people will be killed by the Islamic Republic’s opposition. Despite all these, numerous reports from various cities like Isfahan, Shiraz, Mahabad, Sanandaj, Rasht, etc. indicate protesters have showed up and held rallies.
In Tehran, reports indicate that clashes have erupted in Enghelab Square between people and security forces. There are also reports of a large crowd gathered around Vanak Square and Mellat Park.
BBC reported an hour ago that the Green protesters were moving along Keshavarz Blvd (#18 on the map) toward Vali-Asr Square (#15 on the map) while chanting slogans. Other reports stated that anti-riot police forces have fired tear gas into the crowd at Vali-Asr Square.
Eyewitnesses report that around Park Way Square some of the protesters chanted slogans against Khamenei, the leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. There has been also protest gatherings on Sohrevardi St. and Vali-Asr Street. Latest reports indicate the protesting crowds have been able to join together. The crowd is growing in numbers.
Deutsche Welle– Based on an eyewitness report, security forces and plainclothes militia clash with protesters in Mirdamad street. Gun shots are occasionally heard.
According to eyewitness reports, all streets leading to Azadi, Enqhelab and Vali-Asr are controlled by security forces on foot and motorcycles.