Riot Police Out In Force As Protests, Possible Suicide Bombing Take Place In Iran

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CNN is reporting that Iranian riot police are currently using force against protesters in Tehran, with

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Riot police are also reportedly using water cannons to disperse groups of protesters, and two Iranian news agencies are currently reporting that a suicide bomber blew himself up inside of a shrine dedicated to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, killing himself and injuring eight others, though as Reuters reports, "foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to report, film or take pictures in Tehran," so the reports can not be confirmed, and, as BBC's Jon Leyne, who is currently reporting from Tehran, notes, "There was no evidence to support the report."

Interestingly enough, CNN, the network lambasted by Twitter users, who came up with the hashtag #CNNFail to criticize the network for their failure to cover the election fallout in Iran last week, has been covering today's protests all morning, desperately trying to get any information they can—most of it coming from Twitter and Facebook. The restrictions on foreign media are quite evident in CNN's coverage- the network is also showing the current coverage by Iran's state-run media, which is currently showing very little (if anything) about the riots in the streets.

The restrictions on foreign media have made it quite difficult to confirm what, exactly, is happening in Iran, yet social networking sources have provided a small window into a situation that is essentially being hidden from the world through a media lock down. There is one thing that all sources seem to agree on: the chants in the streets—"Death to the Dictator" and "Death to the Dictatorship."

Witnesses Report Fierce Clashes On Tehran Streets [AP]
Iran Police Beat Protestors, Fire Tear Gas [MSNBC]
Iran Security Forces Use Tear Gas, Clubs On Protesters, Witnesses Say [CNN]
Iran Police Disperse Protesters [BBC]
Suicide Bomber Attacks Khomeini Shrine In Iran [Reuters]

DISCUSSION

Eldritch
Eldritch

This is going to get so much worse before it gets better. How dumb do they think we are? It could never take something like two hours to count millions of paper ballots and declare a winner. If they wanted to fake the election results, they could have been SMART about it, but noooo. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and I stand behind the Iranian protesters. I hope they are safe and I hope they continue to fight against a sick regime that would kill them to silence them. THESE are the Iranians I think of, not the ones bused in loyal to Khomeini who shouted "Death to America" at a prayer rally.

Khomeini and the "President" have signed their own death warrants on this. I just hate the thought of more bloodshed against the brave protesters. I've been following this like mad on Twitter.