These from our friends in Iran.
Tehran; Ashura, Dec. 16, 2010- As the night of Ashura comes protesting people are chanting Allah O Akbar at Shariati region of Tehran. In many regions of north of Tehran especially Shariati and upper Seyyed Khandan regions people are going to the roof tops chanting Allah O Akbar.
Tehran; Ashura, Dec. 16, 2010-An eyewitness said that there has actually been a curfew from ImamHussein Sq. to Azadi Sq. today. Each group of mourners was escorted by SSF from front, back and both sides preventing any protesting act, sometimes Bassijies replaced the SSF.
Tehran; Ashura, Dec. 16, 2010- Behesht-e-Zahra Cemetery was under curfew today. People were prevented from entering the sections belonging to those who fall for freedom on Ashura of 2009.
Even families of one martyr were not allowed to go to the grave of another martyr for example family of Shahram Farajzadeh who was run over by an SSF car intentionally and killed on Ashura of 2009 was not allowed to go to the grave of another martyr to pay their tribute. The Suppressive agents had told them that they only were only allowed to go to the grave of Shahram and no other grave.
Tehran 2:00 pm- All regime’s commanders of suppressive forces present in the streets were called to the command headquarter and all the suppressive groups were put on state of alert for after dark when Sham-e-Qhariban ceremony will take place (the mourning ceremony for Imam Hossein that takes place after dark on the day of Ashura)
Tehran 2:00 pm – To prevent any gathering in front of Evin Prison SSF was stationed there and since 1235 some suppressive forces equipped with motorcycles were deployed to the place.
Tehran 1.00 pm- Ghaitarieh region north of Tehran was uneasy the crowd clashed with SSF chanting ‘death to dictator’.
Tehran 1.00 pm – A great number of people were arrested in Ferdosi and Enghelab Streets. Particularly in Ferdosi Street regime’s agents attacked those who started chanting slogans. In one raid 20-30 people were arrested. Regime agents attacked those who moved in groups even two people walking together or if they were suspicious about someone and arrested them. The number of arrests is very high.
Tehran 12.00 noon – A 120 strong mourning group of Gilanies residing in Tehran intended to enter from Hafez St. to Enghelab Ave. but was confronted with SSF agents. The two groups clashed. A motorbike belonging to SSF was torched and 10 were wounded.
Tehran 11:15 am- Close to Enghelab Ave. about 30 students holding red flags reading ‘hail to Hossein’, ‘Allah O Akbar’ and ‘Iran has turned to Karbala (were Imam Hossein was killed), rise’ intended to enter Enghelab Sq. but they were fiercely attacked by SSF. Students answered back with stones. Three students were injured.
Tehran 11:45 am- Mourning protesters about 110 clashed severely in Navab St. with SSF and Intelligence agents while trying to enter Enghelab Ave. The protesters chanted ‘Hossein, Iran has turned to Karbala’ and ‘victory is God’s and victory will come soon’ and resisted the attack.
Tehran; Ashura- Since morning cell phones could not work properly in Tehran.
Karaj 9:30 am- A great number of mourning people gathered in front of Karaj’s gas station when SSF rushed into them. Two youths were arrested and transferred to Karaj’s police station. The streets were blocked by regime’s agents and crowds could not move freely.
Isfahan; Ashura- In Chahar Bagh region of Isfahan 4 youths were arrested after the crowd clashed with SSF.
Rasht; Ashura- The mourning crowd clashed with SSF chanting ‘death to dictator’, ‘Iran has turned to Palestine’ and ‘victory is God’s and it will come soon’.
Tabriz; Ashura- When mourning protestors, 500 strong, gathering in the root of Abresan to Sa’at Sq. chanting ‘we will never surrender to oppression’, ‘If Iran units the dictator will be toppled’ and ‘the blood in our vein is a gift to our nation’ reached Kabood Mosque plainclothes and SSF blocked their way and clashes occurred.
Kermanshah 10:20 am- A group of about 50 people in Kermanshah went to the gravesite of slain protester Kianoosh Asa to commemorate his memory. This ceremony lasted for about an hour. The mourners then went to gravesite of another slain protester Hossein Tahmasebi along with the Asa family. In the end, the Asa family thanked all the participants for coming to the ceremony and not forgetting Kianoosh.
Tehran 9:30 am – Outside the Tehranpars mourning station in Jashnvareh Street, when a mourning group intended to enter the station, security forces prevented them because they did not have a government appointed head in the mourning group. Therefore, the mourning group started chanting slogans such as ‘Oh Hossein (Imam Hossein for whom they are mourning for) Iran has turned into Karbala’, and ‘death to dictator’. Three people were arrested in these clashes.
According to reports, Bassij forces are equipped with pepper spray, poniards and daggers. Parking cars in Enqelab Street has been banned and all plastic trash bins have been rounded up and taken away. All public phones booth doors have also been locked in Enqelab Street.