quinta-feira, 9 de julho de 2009

Irã: Protestos retornam com força [Update]

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O dia de hoje, no Irã, foi de novos protestos reprimidos com a violência comum à polícia Iraniana.

A imprensa informa que cerca de 3 mil estudantes marcharam por Teerã hoje, sob o pretexto da celebração do décimo aniversário dos protestos estudantis de 1999 e, também, demonstrar seu repúdio à eleição fraudada por Ahmadinejad. A polícia revidou com bombas de gás e muita violência nas proximidades da Universidade de Teerã e vários estudantes acabaram feridos

Os protestos, como sempre, eram pacíficos. Infelizmente o governo iraniano não tem o costume - na verdade qualquer governo - de tolerar manifestações contrárias às suas vontades e sua suposta lei e terminaram por reprimir violentamente estudantes desarmados que apenas exijem justiça e uma eleição limpa e justa.

Desde 28 de junho que não eram realizados protestos tão grandes em Teerã. Será uma retomada ou apenas um episódio isolado?

O HuffPost nos dá uma idéia:
""Today they sounded very different..." Via reader Allie, Tehran Bureau has accounts from all over the city. Here's one: "All the friends I spoke to today have been relatively depressed for the past few days. But today they sounded very different. They said while the security forces were trying their best to separate the demonstrators, the city overall was alive and filled with peaceful protests. Their voice sounded excited, and much more confident and determined than in recent days.""
O El País traz mais informações:
"Los gritos de "Libertad para los presos políticos", "Dimisión, dimisión" y "Muerte al dictador", fueron respondidos con granadas de gases lacrimógenos y disparos al aire. Algunos manifestantes quemaron contenedores de basura para hacer barricadas que les protegieran de las cargas policiales. Al caer la noche, con varios heridos y un número indeterminado de nuevos detenidos, la protesta se fue difuminando."

Fotos do dia: Link

Resumo dos acontecimentos do dia , via AP:
"Thousands of protesters streamed down avenues of the capital Thursday, chanting "death to the dictator" and defying security forces who fired tear gas and charged with batons, witnesses said. The first opposition foray into the streets in 11 days aimed to revive mass demonstrations that were crushed in Iran's postelection turmoil.

Iranian authorities had promised tough action to prevent the marches, which supporters of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi have been planning for days in Internet messages. Heavy police forces deployed at key points in the city ahead of the marches, and Tehran's governor vowed to "smash" anyone who heeded the demonstration calls.

In some places, police struck hard. Security forces chased after protesters, beating them with clubs on Valiasr Street, Tehran's biggest north-south avenue, witnesses said.

Women in headscarves and young men dashed away, rubbing their eyes as police fired tear gas, in footage aired on state-run Press TV. In a photo from Thursday's events in Tehran obtained by The Associated Press outside Iran, a woman with her black headscarf looped over her face raised a fist in front of a garbage bin that had been set on fire.

But the clampdown was not total. At Tehran University, a line of police blocked a crowd from reaching the gates of the campus, but then did not move to disperse them as the protesters chanted "Mir Hossein" and "death to the dictator" and waved their hands in the air, witnesses said. The crowd grew to nearly 1,000 people, the witnesses said.

"Police, protect us," some of the demonstrators chanted, asking the forces not to move against them.

The protesters appeared to reach several thousand, but their full numbers were difficult to determine, since marches took place in several parts of the city at once and mingled with passers-by. There was no immediate word on arrests or injuries.

It did not compare to the hundreds of thousands who joined the marches that erupted after the June 12 presidential election, protesting what the opposition said were fraudulent results. But it was a show of determination despite a crackdown that has cowed protesters for nearly two weeks.

Onlookers and pedestrians often gave their support. In side streets near the university, police were chasing young activists, and when they caught one, passers-by chanted "let him go, let him go," until the policemen released him. Elsewhere, residents let fleeing demonstrators slip into their homes to elude police, witnesses said.

All witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of government reprisals. Iranian authorities have imposed restrictions that ban reporters from leaving their offices to cover demonstrations.

Many of the marchers were young men and women, some wearing green surgical masks, the color of Mousavi's movement, but older people joined them in some places. Vehicles caught in traffic honked their horns in support of the marchers, witnesses said. Police were seen with a pile of license plates, apparently pried off honking cars in order to investigate the drivers later, the witnesses said."

Informações não confirmadas via Twitter informam que possivelmente dois manifestantes foram mortos à tiros hoje.