Saturday, June 20, 2009

One View Of The Streets Of Teheran 140 Characters At A Time

Since the beginning of the uprising in Iran I have been follow several people on Twitter to get updates on the happenings. One of the most compelling stories comes from someone tweeting regularly out of a university in Teheran. This person--who I do not wish to indentify at this time--has been in the thick of some of the protests. At about 8:30 EDT 19 June 2009 this individual went off the air to attend the marches today. About 2 1/2 hours ago this individual began tweeting again after a 21 hour break. This compelling story gives you a tiny slice of what it's like to be in Iran today. This report via Twitter is a historical document transmitted out of Iran 140 characters at a time.

it was a nightmare, I can barely breath & my face is burning, Masood got shot in the arm & Shayan's brother is missing

I don't know where to start with, first they attack our peacful memorial gathering in front of the university with water gun

the university's doors were close, we couldn't run everywhere! & then they start shooting tear gas at us

they were so many! riot police, normal police, intel, IRG, Basij! I managed to scape, but they captured so many people

all routes to Azady square were blocked & if anyone stopped walking or walking slow they hit him/her brutally

there was no safe path, people were walking in cycles between all variety of security forces

I think they made fun of people, don't go here, go this way, not that way & for no apparent reason suddenly attacking random people

we tried our best using all known shortcuts for reaching Azady SQ were mousavi was, but ended up in face to face with IRG

they weren't just the ordinary police or motorcycle riot guard, they were soldiers holding MP5 supported by reinforced military cars

we didn't realize for a moment they started shooting at people, the gun's sound was like a toy gun, not loud & the soliders were smiling

I was going to tell masood they are using fake guns for scaring people! until people started screaming in agony

we were at Nosrat st, and that part of that damned street had no were for covering

we ran as fast as we could in the opposite direction, at the same time basiji bastards started to hit fleeing people

I think I saw 2 or 3 people lying on the ground in blood & IRG started to move them, probably hide them.

I lost masood in the crowd in upper streets of Nosrat the irony was everything was calm there & people overthere shocked by the looks of us

it was the biggest disadvantage for us today, police & basij managed to cut off people and prevent them from gathering

@databox they arrested people with cell phone in hands on sight.

they also attacked & arrested anyone with any green symbols or mousavi's pictures

damned government also armed street thugs & Afghan workers with anti riot shields & wooden or electric batons

most of them wearing in house clothings & I think they were really enjoying attacking people

@databox if you have any idea what's happening here you would never asked that

@neatfires No, I didn't see any

@Scott_Berlin It was very hard getting out of Enghelab area & we also ended up helping people at Valiasr st

@Ammidon I can't breath normally & my stomach hurts, but I'm good, thanks.

@DINESCU from what I saw today, we have a very long road for that to happen

apprently when I was wandering in Laleh Park searching for water Shayan managed to take Masood to a local Doctor

@darpana2 I'm good enough to post here, thanks

for a help please found a good way for countering tear & pepper gas, drinking milk didn't help.

@polasani Basij are everywhere also inside all hospitals, and this is currently a big problem regarding Masood's wound

@JCLemay Yes! smoke, tear and the one people call pepper gas. I don't know what really is that, but it make your skin burn

it looks some people are still out there, I can hear a chopper passing by

thanks everybody for the info & links

it looks state TV showed the conflict live via traffic cams, saying: enemy agents attacking police in Azady street

I have no idea why some people still believe in State TV, a woman told me today you just found a new way for playing around streets

@ali_hassan and it's also said basij surrounded them. anyway I will go see masood first thing in the morning

@JBCTU rumor is they are all house arrest expect admiral Shamkhani who is protected by his loyal marines

@hope4ul no things are not calming down! not after what they done today!

@instigateanomie everyone protesting in streets are pawns of US, England & Israel according to government lot happened at Shiraz city too, one of few cities standing with Tehran

@mhartzcoutts I'm safe, and last time I checked masood he was at a friend's office with some of the students & he was ok.

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