I’ve been watching Iran with concern, because totalitarian regimes tend to strike externally to cover up their internal problems. The Bush/GOP regime is an excellent example.
Earlier, the opposition Jaras website said four people had been killed in a second day of violence in Tehran during a Shi'ite Muslim religious festival. Tehran's police chief denied that report.
The Parlemannews website said Ali Mousavi, 20, was killed in clashes on Sunday and his body had been taken to a hospital.
Jaras said unrest also spread to other parts of Iran, including the holy city of Qom, in reports that could not be independently verified.
The events underlined escalating tension in the Islamic Republic six months after a disputed presidential poll plunged the oil producer into turmoil and exposed widening splits within the clerical and political establishment.
Jaras said police shot dead three protesters in central Tehran. It later said a fourth demonstrator was also killed in clashes in the capital, without giving details.
"Three people were killed and two others were wounded when police opened fire at protesters," the website said.
Any such violent incidents could provoke further opposition protests.
"We will kill those who killed our brothers," Jaras quoted demonstrators as chanting.
These were the first reported killings in street protests since widespread unrest and violence in the immediate aftermath of the June poll in which the opposition says more than 70 people died.
The authorities have estimated the post-vote death toll at about half that number, including pro-government militiamen.
Tehran police chief Azizollah Rajabzadeh, speaking about Sunday's protests, said: "So far there have been no reports of killings and no one has been killed up to now," according to the ISNA news agency. He said some arrests had been made.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators had packed the streets of Tehran and clashes also erupted in the cities of Shiraz, Isfahan, Najafabad, Mashhad and Babol, Jaras said.
It said 20 people were detained in Qom and Mashhad and that protests would continue in Tehran on Sunday evening. Shots were heard in northern Tehran after nightfall.
English-language state television reported sporadic clashes in Tehran and said a bank and bus stop were set ablaze, showing pictures of protesters and fires with thick smoke. It said police had fired into the air to disperse demonstrators…
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I hope the Obama administration ignores the “bomb, bomb Iran” crowd and does not exacerbate the situation there.
The death of a few people so far away barely sparks a media response. But, if the death of protestors, who are opposing oppression, seems distant, we, especially those of us who were 1960s activists, need to remember how we felt on May 4, 1970:
With that in mind, I extend my condolences to the families and friends of those killed in Iran.