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Iran Revolution Anniversary Highlights

The Latest on the 31st Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution (February 11, 2010) :

  • There are reports of martial law in Tehran to stem the growing anti-government demonstrations
  • Anti-government protesters tear posters of Ayatollah Khamenei and Khomeini, the leader of the Islamic Republic
  • Widespread clashes in different parts of Tehran between pro-democracy demonstrators and security forces
  • Ahmadinejad’s speech interrupted by chants of “death to dictator”
  • Gmail service shut down; Google releases statement
  • The state-run TV headquarters surrounded by armored vehicles equipped with machine guns
  • More than ten thousand protesters march toward the notorious Evin prison in Tehran, where scores of political prisoners are held
  • Foreign journalists escorted to government-selected sites. Their movement under heavy government control
  • Reports of shots fired at demonstrators in Tehran
  • Many demonstrators in major metropolitans shout slogans, demanding the separation of church from state
  • Security forces being dispatched to hots pots in Tehran, where the size of demonstrations get larger
  • Some of the protesters in Tehran were badly beaten by security forces


Reza Akhlaghi

Great Decisions Discussion group