Skip to Navigation
Skip to Content

Support PSR!

Make a difference in the challenge to confront global warming and prevent nuclear war and the development and use of nuclear weapons.

Donate Now »

Take Action

We have two weeks left until the Senate is expected to vote on the Iran deal, your Senator is undecided, and we need every possible vote we can get. Please call now and urge your Senator to vote "yes" for the Iran deal.

Iranians Hit Threshold

Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 20, 2009


Fires, tear gas and blood are flowing in Tehran today (June 20), but the crowds are thinner than expected.  The Green Movement (made of reformist supporters in Iran) is being seriously beaten by police. At least 100 people have been seriously injured. European and Australian Embassies have opened up for the injured in Tehran. 


People are being killed by the Basij, a paramilitary arm of the Revolutionary Guards, which is now in every main square of Tehran.  It is hard to know who the Basij are, since they are dressed in regular clothes, but they are noticeably trained.  Water cannons and tear gas are being used to push back supporters.


This is no longer just a fight for a fair election. As Paneta Beigi, Center for Human Rights in Iran, said, this is now a “freedom movement.” The protestors are chanting Death to the dictator!! We want freedom!!  To stifle the green movement, the Iranian government jailed human rights lawyers, 100 journalists-bloggers and young demonstrators. They are also cutting cell phones off. The government issued a fax from the Foreign Minister of Culture and Guidance telling all reporters in Iran that they could not report from the streets without checking with the ministry.


No Iranian officials are reporting to the international community what is happening on the ground.  Press TV, run by the Iranian government, did confirm reports that the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini (father of the 1979 Iranian Revolution) was bombed by a suicide bomber. The bombing killed two and injured eight. It is unclear who did the bombing. It is not anywhere near the two squares (Revolutionary and Freedom) where the Green Movement was meeting. It could have been the Mujahedin (MEK/MKO), a terrorist organization trying to overthrown the Islamic Republic.


The Guardian Council said it would meet with Mousavi, and recount up to 10% of the vote. Mousavi no longer wants a recount, just a revote.  Mousavi reportedly came out to the streets today, and said that he is ready to be martyred. He said that rigging of elections was planned months in advance and is now insisting that the elections be annulled.


The difference between this week of protesting and past protests, said Beigi, is that this is no longer about a certain candidate, person or election, “this is about the threshold that the people of Iran have hit.”



Leave your comment

Enter this word: Change

Action Alerts

More action alertsĀ»


  • Video: We Have an Iran Deal! Now What?

    Watch PSR Security Program's latest webinar to understand the details of the Iran Deal and what you can do to keep the deal safe from Congress. Featuring speaker Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Association. Read more »

  • Video: Paths to Disarmament: The NPT and the Humanitarian Initiative

    In this webinar, John Loretz of PSR's international affiliate, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, discusses the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the effort to rid the world of nuclear weapons on humanitarian grounds. Read more »

  • Body Count

    Authored by IPPNW-Germany, the report is a comprehensive account of the vast human toll of the "Wars on Terror" conducted in the name of the American people since September 11, 2001. Read more »

In the Spotlight