People are dying in Tehran and probably elsewhere in Iran. The videos of brutality and murder are stunning. One of the more heartbreaking is here, documenting the death of a young woman apparently shot on a rooftop. It is too graphic to be posted here.
Iranian officials have managed to suppress mass demonstrations but the public is apparently continuing to protest in a variety of fashions. Gov’t thugs are collecting names of those taken to hospitals, so some foreign embassies have opened their doors to those seeking shelter and protection. A Google map has been posted of embassy santuaries.
President Obama has released a statement, which follows:
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.
Reuters is quoting opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi as saying he was “ready for martyrdom”, and has urged a national strike if he is arrested or killed. A suicide bomber blew himself up at the tomb of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Whatever the short-term outcome, the death of the current clerical regime will date from this week.