It’s been awhile since the Iran election and the fall out that happened directly after, but according to reports the unrest is still persistent. Security forces are said to have confronted some 3,000 protesters in various locations around Iran, first at a cemetery, a pray vigil, and government buildings. Protesters were mourning the loss of Neda Agha Soltan, the woman who at 26 was gunned down during post election protests on June 20 and who is now being rendered as the face of the Iran revolution.
The clashes between authority figures and mourners occurred when leaders of the post election movement tried to gather several thousand people join in a memorial for the slain Agha Soltan. The gathering was banned by law enforcement, but the restrictions were ignored by participants. There is religious significance to the gathering of mourners to this said grave. For Iranians the 40th day after a death marks the last official day of mourning.
A confrontation between women protesters and police also was seen. The women shouted, “Don’t beat up our young people. You, our Muslim brothers. It is a shame to beat up our young people.”
Uses of tear gas, and reports of multiple beatings have been reported beginning at the memorial, where it is said militia charged the gathering with batons, and as many as nine beatings were seen. People were also reportedly beaten as they ran from police.
U.S. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said using force to “break up a group of people who were trying to exercise an important ritual in Islam, the mourning after 40 days,” is “particularly disturbing.”
The government has apparently cracked down on all the demonstrations, resorting to violence to control crowds. Arrests have been made, hundreds are being detained including about 50 political figures who are being accused of being key figures in the street demonstrations that turned violent.
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