Monday, June 29, 2009

Notes From A Correspondent In Iran: The World Needs To Know

The correspondent's name and location and other identifying information are being withheld for security reasons.

The situation is tense. A demonstration was schedule for Tajrish, a neighborhood on the northern edge of Tehran today. The plan was to link a chain of people from Shemiran on the northern part of Tehran all the way to the south of the city but the security forces have closed all the roads. All the major streets are blocked and security is out in force. There seems to be no organization to the protests.

The protesters are getting tired and hopeless and quiet. But they can't stay quiet for too long. There has to be strong support in the streets. I hope they get strong leadership soon before they get cold feet.

Soldiers won't allow people to stand in one place for more than a few seconds. If there are more than a couple people together they break them up.

There are also continuing problems using the Internet. Most sites are extremely slow and most in the United States won't open. Both sides are involved in a technological cat and mouse game to see who can find ways to open up the Internet while the government keeps working to block and censor traffic.

There's a cat and mouse game on the streets too because many of the security forces are not wearing uniforms and are dressed like normal people.

The crackdown isn't just affecting protesters. Other people are afraid to venture out as well. Buses, which are usually full of people, are empty.

I am hearing reports of shooting along the Chaar Rah Parkway. Also, security forces are using motorcycles to run through the crowds at [location deleted].

People with guns are demanding to know who is taking pictures from behind the windows of homes. People are afraid to be seen with a camera in their hands. They have shot at windows and have ordered everyone to stay away from the windows so there are no witnesses to what they are doing to the people in the streets. People are also afraid to be seen on their computers, the security forces are quick to shoot now.

The world needs to know how the government is treating the people.

1 comment:

Rebecca in Dallas said...

I'm paying close attention. I've written the President and my congressional reps asking them to pressure Iran to stop harrassing and harming protestors. I've sent money to Amnesty International, and I've asked all my friends to do the same. I wish I could do more for the people of Iran.