Iranians Fight the Power


The streets of Tehran were filled with protesters this weekend as tens of thousands of Iranians clashed with police during Ashura, Shiite Islam’s holiest day. Reports of the protests are scattered and unreliable since media isn’t allowed into the country, but like six months ago after the country’s presidential election, Iranians have taken to the Internet to get the word out.

The word isn’t good. As many as ten people have been killed by security forces in Tehran. Among them is opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi’s nephew, who was targeted to send a message to the protesters. Demonstrations have even broken out in other, more conservative parts of Iran, largely because Islam bans killing during Ashura. That means the unrest is likely only just beginning.

Police Are Said to Have Killed 10 in Iran Protests [NYT]