Iranians Protest; Ahmadinejad Touts Uranium Milestone

The best way to follow the Iran protests today, at least for now, is on twitter. Try #iranelection. While many are posting in Farsi, others are retweeting in English. Crowds are growing, and security forces opened fire.

Security forces attacked the crowd of protesters in Arya-Shahr, opening fire on them. Several people have reportedly been injured during the shooting. However, the crowd has not dispersed and keeps chanting slogans. Security forces are firing directly on the masses of protesters. There is a heavy presence of military and intelligence forces in Tehran streets.

Other tweets: "Clashes in Vesal St & Vanak sq right now." "Confirmed: Mobile service disconnected in certain parts of Tehran."

Some video is getting out, the tweeters are posting the links. "Death to Dictators" seems to be the most prevalent protest chant being quoted. [More...]

p>It's 2am MT (where I am) and time for bed. I can't imagine what the situation will be like in 6 hours when I wake up and log on. It's going to be a crazy day in Iran, filled with news of human rights violations, contrasted by state-sanctioned and sanitized reports that fail to report or reference them.

And here's the uranium news:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that his country has produced its first 20 percent-enriched uranium in a speech he was giving on the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

In the last 15 minutes, 2,400 new tweets have come in. Feel free to keep the news updated in comments.

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    In Arabic? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Peter G on Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 09:36:47 AM EST
    Or in Farsi (the Iranian language)?  

    thanks, I changed it (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 10:38:56 AM EST