Courage is contagious:

TEHRAN, Iran — Clashes between Iranian police and tens of thousands of protesters wracked central Tehran on Monday as security forces beat and fired tear gas at opposition supporters hoping to evoke Egypt’s recent popular uprising.

The opposition called for a demonstration Monday in solidarity with Egypt’s popular revolt that a few days earlier forced the president there to resign after nearly 30 years in office. The rally is the first major show of strength for Iran’s cowed opposition in more than a year.

Police used tear gas against the protesters in central Tehran’s Enghelab, or Revolution, square and in Imam Hossein square, as well as in other nearby main streets. Demonstrators responded by setting garbage bins on fire to protect themselves from the stinging white clouds.

Eyewitnesses said at least three protesters injured by bullets were taken to a hospital in central Tehran while dozens of others were hospitalized because of severe wounds as a result of being beaten.

“An Iranian dies but doesn’t accept humiliation,” demonstrators chanted. “Death to the dictator,” they said, in a chant directed at hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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  1. i keep wondering how the wingnuts will react to this one. 2 years ago when iran’s democracy movement was booming the right was cheering it on because they view the iranian regime as the latest boogie man. but when the democracy movement got going last month, some wingnuts claimed that iran was behind the pro-democracy protest.

    in the simplistic wingnut world this seems to be how it goes:
    iranian mullahs=bad
    green movement in iran=good
    april 6th movement in egypt = iranian mullahs = bad
    april 6th movement in egypt = green movement in iran = wingnut heads exploding

    not that any heads will actually explode. the world has always been a more complex place than fitting into neat groups of good guys vs. bad guys. they will find some convoluted way to justify how their white hats from 2 years ago are suddenly black hats.

    (oh and ten bears is nuts, IMHO, especially with the “as before” part at the end. no doubt both the CIA and mossad would love a revolution to happen in iran and probably will try to help it along if they can. but that hardly means the whole thing is orchestrated by them. it’s like the birchers in the cold war, who saw every populist uprising by poor people to be a KGB plot)

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