Saturday, June 20, 2009

More Video from Today's Clashes

The above video is reportedly from today and shows clashes between protesters and security forces. As I am posting this CNN is showing this video on television as well and are claiming that there is not any audio to this video. This is the third time I have heard them claim this about various videos that they are getting into their newsroom and it is simply not true, there is obviously audio. I also find that much of the time their television cameras are filming these videos on a computer screen. Kind of speaks to which medium has provided better coverage of these events.

Juan Cole discusses the bombing of the mausoleum:

Aljazeera is reporting that a suicide bomber blew himself up near the shrine of Imam Khomeini. Hard to interpret, since I don't take the reformist camp for seedy terrorist types. My guess, if its true, is Mojahedin-e Khalq or MEK or something very like it (which, if true, would be bad publicity for the reformers, since MEK is universally hated in Iran.)

Iranians are tweeting regularly that this bombing was done by the state in order to label the protesters as terrorists.

More video with translation:

It's really striking when you actually know what she's saying: At first she's worried about her mom, who has left the house. She's concerned that her mom may be caught up in a scene like the one she's watching. But when she starts crying, it's actually because she sees "them" (she never says who exactly, but you can assume from context that it's the basiji) climbing balconies and breaking into houses with bricks. She keeps screaming: "They're going into people's homes!" and "They're destroying everything!"

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