Sunday, December 27, 2009

IRIB: "the-killing-due-to-bullet-receiving of one of the rioters was suspicious"

Iran is in a turmoil lately, as I'm sure you know, even prompting speculation that the regime could be in real trouble (h/t: RealClearWorld). Here is some convoluted and defensive coverage from IRIB:
On Ashura day of mourning, while millions of Iranians across the country were mourning the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS) and his faithful followers, a group of rioters poured into some streets of Tehran and insulted the Islamic sanctities and values of the nation.

Chanting extremist slogans, the group also insulted the concept of Ashura and ridiculed ideals of the late Imam Khomeini.

The rioters clapping and cheering on the mourning day of Ashura, began to damage public properties.

Later, large crowds of Ashura mourners who were angry about the act of the rioters confronted them.

Facing resistance by the people and security forces, the rioters fled the scene.

Some foreign media and anti-Revolutionary elements residing abroad had said Saturday that chants against the Islamic Republic and the principles of the Constitutions would be shouted on Ashura in Tehran.

In Sunday's unrest four people were killed and some residential units, banks and cars were set ablaze.

Deputy Police Commander Ahmad-Reza Radan said that the police initially tried to disperse the crowd through peaceful ways however they applied more forceful ways after the rioters began to damage public properties and residential units.

The deputy noted that the Police forces were only equipped with routine anti-riot gear, adding that the-killing-due-to-bullet-receiving of one of the rioters was suspicious.

Two of the others killed lost their lives in a suspicious car accident while the fourth fell to his death from above an overpass bridge.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Intelligence announced Saturday that several elements of the terrorist MKO group were arrested from amid the rioters.

The Ministry was investigating the killing incidents.
According to the opening sentence of a current NY Times article:
Police officers in Iran opened fire into crowds of protesters on Sunday, killing at least 10 people, witnesses and opposition Web sites said, in a day of chaotic street battles that threatened to deepen the country’s civil unrest.
Ten examples of killing-due-to-bullet-receiving?

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

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