Lots of news on CNN.
Nico Pitney continues to live-blog news from Iran here.
UPDATE: Statement by President Obama on Iran.
The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.
As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.
Martin Luther King once said – “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.
UPDATE: A young girl dies after being shot by a Basij member. Apparently, she was watching the protests, not participating.
WARNING, this video may be disturbing to sensitive viewers!
UPDATE: I’ve been watching the coverage on CNN. Frustrating, because it’s so sanitized — too many talking heads. MSNBC is MIA today, and Fox has too much lip gloss and political posturing.
Huffington Post has photos on their front page, here.
Nico posted this commentary from the photographer:
I could not get through. the guards were hitting people really hard to block their way. I got hit a few times, fortunately a few bruises but nothing major. they were hitting the women as hard if it didn’t seem harder. they smashed all mobiles and then smack the mobile owners with batons. they also blocked all above ground routes out. the only way out was via the metro
Also via Nico’s live-blogging, this text from an op-ed piece by Roger Cohen in the New York Times:
The Iranian police commander, in green uniform, walked up Komak Hospital Alley with arms raised and his small unit at his side. “I swear to God,” he shouted at the protesters facing him, “I have children, I have a wife, I don’t want to beat people. Please go home.”
A man at my side threw a rock at him. The commander, unflinching, continued to plead. There were chants of “Join us! Join us!” The unit retreated toward Revolution Street, where vast crowds eddied back and forth confronted by baton-wielding Basij militia and black-clad riot police officers on motorbikes.
UPDATE: MSNBC is reporting that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is threatening even tougher crack-downs if the protests by the people continue. Opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi was not present at today’s confrontations, but called for the people to strike if he is arrested.
Chants of “Death to the dictator!” were heard in the streets of Tehran, and police responded with tear gas, water cannons and live ammunition (as evidenced by the video above).
Mousavi says he’s ready for martyrdom, and will continue on his present path.
UPDATE: More video from Iran. I can’t help thinking that this should have been us in 2000 — minus the violence, if possible.
HT: Nico at HuffPo
UPDATE: DailyKos has an unconfirmed report that the young girl shot to death in the video above was named Neda. Her father was next to her when she died. Heartbreaking…
UPDATE: Nico is reporting that according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, injured demonstrators seeking medical attention at hospitals are being arrested.
The arrest of citizens seeking care for wounds suffered at the hands of security forces when they attempted to exercise rights guaranteed under their own constitution and international law is deplorable,” said Hadi Ghaemi, spokesperson for the Campaign. “It can only be taken as a sign of profound disrespect by the state for the well-being of its own people.
UPDATE (Sunday): More information on Neda from Nico:
6:55 PM ET — A bit more on Neda. A blogger apparently in touch with Neda’s family members offers some new details (translated by reader Nima): she was born in 1982, apparently her full name was Neda Agha-Soltan, and she was at the protest with one her professors and several other students. She was, they said, shot by a basiji riding by on a motorcycle. Also, she was apparently buried today at a large cemetery in the south of Tehran. ABC News’ Lara Setrakian writes, “Hearing reports Neda was buried in Behesht Zahra cemetery earlier today, memorial service cancelled on orders from authorities.”
Born in 1982, the same age as my oldest son, and shot down in cold blood because she attended a protest objecting to an obviously stolen election.
Neda has become the face of this potential revolution. Moussavi was a moderate who most likely wouldn’t have shaken things up too much, but he stood for equal rights for women. It seems that was a bit too much for the dictatorship. They shot Neda down in cold blood, and the world has witnessed it. May her death not be in vain…
UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan has lots of coverage at The Daily Dish.