Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Celebration/Soccer Demonstrations lead to clashes in provincial cities

SMCCDI (Information Service):
Clashes or sporadic riot style protests are taking place in several provincial cities, such as, Hamedan, Tabriz, Mahabad, Keramshah, Mashad, Rasht, Mian-do-Ab, Abadan, Yazd, Kerman, Ghazvin and Oroomiah (former Rezai-e).

Groups of young are often retaliating to small groups of plainclothes men and Bassij paramilitary force.

Slogans calling for overthrow of the regime and even execution of clerics are shouted, such as, "Toop, Tank, Feshfeshe, Akhoond bayad koshte she" (Guns, Tanks, Cleric must be killed).

Some avenues are looking like war zone as many windows and public materials have been damaged along with regime's symbols, such as, propaganda materials destroyed.

Several injured have been reported so far and the night will be long.

Most likely, security forces are waiting for later in order to start their massive crackdown but groups of young have planned to defend themselves with Molotov Cocktails and incendiary devices.