Monday, June 29, 2009

Which State Security Branch Rules Tehran's Streets?

The Iranian basij paramilitary, affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard.
Vahid Salemi / AP

From Time Magazine:

Two weeks after the contested results of Iran's Presidential elections led to widespread street riots and demonstrations across the country, the Islamic Republic pronounced its harshest threat yet to protesters. At the official ceremony for Friday prayers, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, a hard-line cleric who often delivers the sermon, said those who agitate on the streets were "waging war against God," a crime that carries the death sentence.

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My Comment: They are just a bunch of thugs picked off the street and given a uniform a license to intimidate and physically injure others.

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