The Iranian unrest following the clearly rigged elections have never really died down. In recent days, brave Iranian protesters have ratcheted up the pressure on the regime.
In this photo the protesters have the upper hand, but in fact the armed police and militia have superior firepower, and according to many sources at least 5 protesters were killed in the most recent clashes:
Amateur video footage purportedly from the center of Tehran showed an enraged crowd carrying away one casualty, chanting, “I’ll kill, I’ll kill the one who killed my brother.” In several locations, demonstrators confronted security forces, hurling stones and setting their motorcycles, cars and vans ablaze, according to video footage and pro-reform Web sites.
Among the dead was the nephew of reformist leader Mir Hossein Mousavi.
Mousavi’s Web site said the nephew, Ali Mousavi, was shot in the back on Azadi Street, or Freedom Street, during clashes in which security forces reportedly fired on demonstrators, and was taken to Ibn Sina Hospital. It said Mousavi and other family members rushed to the hospital.
A close aide to Mousavi, a presidential contender in a disputed June election, said Ali Mousavi died of injuries in the hospital. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because of fears of reprisals from the government.
The violence and especially the death of Mousavi’s nephew may very well add further heat to the simmering flames of revolt.