If the current reports are even remotely accurate, the violent suppression of the Green Revolution has taken a turn for the worse. One of the most prolific on-the-scene reporters via Twitter had the following reports in over the last two hours:
saw 7/8 militia beating one woman with baton on ground – -she had no defense nothing — #Iranelection sure that she is dead
so many ppl arrested — young & old — they take ppl away — #Iranelection — we lose our group
ppl run into alleys and militia standing there waiting — from 2 sides they attack ppl in middle of alleys #Iranelection
phone line was cut and we lost internet — #Iranelection — getting more difficult to log into net — #Iranelection
rumour they are tracking high use of phone lines to find internet users — must move from here now — #Iranelection
reports of street fighting in Vanak Sq, Tajrish sq, Azadi Sq — now – #Iranelection — Sea of Green — Allah Akbar
in Baharestan we saw militia with axe choping ppl like meat — blood everywhere — like butcher — Allah Akbar – #Iranelection RT RT RT
they catch ppl with mobile — so many killed today — so many injured — Allah Akbar — they take one of us — #Iranelection
Lalezar Sq is same as Baharestan — unbelevable — ppls murdered everywhere – #Iranelection
they pull away the dead into trucks — like factory — no human can do this — we beg Allah for save us — #Iranelection
we must go — dont know when we can get internet — they take 1 of us, they will torture and get names — now we must move fast
thank you ppls 4 supporting Sea of Green — pls remember always our martyrs — Allah Akbar — Allah Akbar — Allah Akbar #Iranelection
Allah — you are the creator of all and all must return to you — Allah Akbar — #Iranelection Sea of Green
This report, of an apparent full-scale massacre being waged in Tehran, is repeated by another witness interviewed on CNN, via Andrew Sullivan:
I was going towards Baharestan with my friend. This was everyone, not just supporters of one candidate or another. All of my friends, they were going to Baharestan to express our opposition to these killings and demanding freedom. The black-clad police stopped everyone. They emptied the buses that were taking people there and let the private cars go on. We went on until Ferdowsi then all of a sudden some 500 people with clubs came out of [undecipherable] mosque and they started beating everyone. They tried to beat everyone on [undecipherable] bridge and throwing them off of the bridge. And everyone also on the sidewalks. They beat a woman so savagely that she was drenched in blood and her husband, he fainted. They were beating people like hell. It was a massacre. They were trying to beat people so they would die. they were cursing and saying very bad words to everyone. This was exactly a massacre… I don’t know how to describe it.
It was only a few days ago when the popular uprising was waxing, that I could say with a straight face that Western leaders might be doing the right thing in showing restraint. The concern was then about discrediting the revolution inside Iran by seeming to confirm the accusation that it was a U.S. conspiracy.
Well, it’s certainly starting to look like I was wrong. Convinced that the protesters did not have the world on their side, the Mullahs have now unleashed total violence and horror on their own people. Fewer and fewer reports are escaping the hell, and the silencing of our sources inside Iran, one by one, suggests something far worse than the few dozen dead and few hundred arrested that the official news agencies are reporting.
Is it too late for massive Western pressure to make a difference? Is there any chance of it now?