* * In a first reaction to the Iranian security guards regime’s attack on the various European embassies in Tehran, the United Nations canceled the festivities organized by the Iranian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York which is an annual event. The event hosted by the Iranian ambassador to the U.N., Mohammad Khazaie and was scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10th in the U.N. banquet hall was canceled on Wednesday morning via a phone call from the office of the U.N. management. The UN management office asserted that given the treatment of the various diplomatic staff of Italian, French, British, German and Swedish embassies in Tehran, during the last months (several were arrested by the regime) the invitation to this event was not being accepted and that none of the representatives from UN countries would attend.
* * Announcement from Karoubi’s camp is that at 10 a.m. Karoubi himself will be appearing at the Sadeghiyeh 2nd square and will begin to march with the protesters toward Azadi square. Green protesters have vowed to surround Karoubi and protect him “like a gem”.
UPDATE at 9: 35 a.m. >> Mohammad-Taghi Karoubi, Mehdi Karoubi’s eldest son has announced that a number of the people who had volunteered to protect and guard Karoubi were arrested last night and so far none have been released. The names of two of those arrested are: Askarian and Ahmad Anbarnejad both of whom were heroes of the eight year Iran-Iraq war. They are said to have been taken directly to Evin prison upon arrest.
* * for the regime’s own events.
* * 8:20 a.m. Hazy day in Tehran, temperatures are at 36 degrees Farenheit (3 degrees Celsius) with a high expected to go up to 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius) by midday. People have already begun leaving their houses and clusters of Tehranians are slowly beginning to merge toward various parts of city. The Basijis plain clothes militia began preparing and mobilizing in Tehran’s Azadi square (photo) at around midnight. Government employees have been forced to appear at the regime’s speech at Azadi square which in was closed off in preparation for this event. Also to prevent protesters from gathering. It is reported that the regime has begun to bus in people whom they are paying to appear at their event.
* * The regime has installed P.A. systems all over Tehran and other cities and towns throughout Iran and they have already begun blasting their revolutionary songs.
* * Guards with guns and various arms, tanks, trucks, armored vehicles, as well as two of the Chinese water tanks (that were imported in December) to surround and protect the Iranian Broadcasting Network, Seda va Sima. The regime’s fear of takeover of the TV channel is said to be of huge concern to the regime. They guards have been given permission to attack protesters.
* * 9:00 a.m. : The north western city of Tabriz is already in turmoil. People have attacked the P.A. systems and loudspeakers and broken them. A group has already taken over one of a regime’s mobile security station.
* * Throughout the night protesters have destroyed the P.S. systems and loudspeakers in Tehran though each loudspeaker was said to have had it’s own individual security guard protecting it!
* * The Canadian embassy in Tehran has opened it’s gates and doors for Iranian protesters who need to take refuge.
* * 9:34 a.m. Azadi square in Tehran, protesters have already gathered and are chanting: Death to the Dictator.
* * 9:56 a.m. A bus full of Basijis driving to Tehran’s Aryashahr section from the north western city of Orumiyeh was set on fire. The Basijis in Aryashahr the Basijis have begun attacking protesters and severely beating people and exploding tear gas. Update for 11:45 a.m. >> The Basijis have opened fire on protesters and are now directly shooting at protesters. Unconfirmed reports that two people have been killed.
* * The Iranian TV network cameras that have been stationed in the various areas where the regime’s own events are scheduled is only able to take close-ups of people for fear of showing how thin the turn out for their events are and for fear of capturing any images of Green protesters in the area. Also during the broadcast programming the TV editors have been instructed to filter out the color green so that it cannot be seen by the TV viewers but it has become impossible for them to manage.
Also though Tehran’s weather and air is hazy, the skies in the footage of Ahmadinejad’s speech at Azadi Square are incongruously blue! The background has also been clearly montaged. Also during Ahmadinejad’s speech clear chants of: “Liar, liar” could be heard on TV.
Below: Ahmadinejad continues to insult world leaders
* * Regime’s agents have taken over bus stations and train stations and are searching all travelers, buses, trains and interrogating passengers and anyone in the area.
* * 10:15 a.m. Karoubi did show up just north of Sadeghiyeh Square, in Ashrafi Esfahani Avenue but he was severely beaten; his head was broken and bleeding as well as the fact that his clothing and Abaya was torn. Though his injury are said to be manageable and not dangerous. He was put in a car, a silver Peugot 405 but as the car began to drive away, the Basijis attacked the automobile and broke all of the car’s windows with batons.
Also, Dr. Zahra Rahnavard, Mousavi’s wife was severely beaten by the plain clothes agents with batons on her back and legs, in the Sadeghiyeh area of Tehran. However supporters were able to create a human ring around her and whisked her away.
* * Many of the women are taking their scarves and hijabs in protest.
* * 10:45 a.m. Basijis attack Former president Khatami’s car as well and the windows were broken.
* * Tehran’s Ferdowsi Square (archive photo – right) has gone Green. Beloved 13th century Persian poet, Ferdowsi’s statue in the middle of the square was draped in Green.
* * Agence France Presse reports that foreign correspondents have been prohibited from covering the protests and that they have been limited to only covering Ahmadinejad’s speech.
* * Associated Press also reported that the regime did not give them the permit to report from the streets of Tehran and again, only to cover Ahmadinejad’s speech.
* * Former President Khatami’s brother, Mohammad-Reza (photo left) and his wife, Zahra Eshraghi who is Khomeini’s granddaughter were both arrested but then released with a stern warning that if they return to any of the protests that they will be jailed.
* * Ali Karoubi, Mehdi Karoubi’s youngest son was also arrested in front of the crowd of protesters who attacked the Basijis in order to prevent his arrest.
* * Dozens of helicopters are flying low throughout the skies of Tehran.
* * The regime’s security has begun to shoot randomly into the air to disburse the protesters.
* * In Esfahan‘s Si o Seh Pol (33 bridges Bridge – photo left) people are severely clashing with the regime’s forces that have opened fire and begun shooting at protesters.
* * The regime’s forces are shooting at people with colored bullets so that they can be identified and arrested.
* * Below: first video of the demonstrations. People chant: ” People’s slogan is Referendum, Referendum”
* * Once again, all mobile phones and SMS has been disconnected.
* * Rafsanjani has now joined the protesters and has begun marching from Africa Avenue toward Azadi Square.
* * Tehran’s Sadeghiyeh area clashes have reached dangerous heights.
* * Thousands of people are headed toward Tehran’s Evin prison
* * Below: Two videos of the Tehran metro, as protesters chant
* * Below: Protesters in Tehran’s Aryashahr
* * Below: Two videos of protests around Tehran’s Vali Asr Avenue as people chant: “Death to Russia”
* * In the south western city of Ahvaz protesters clash with the regime’s security forces in many parts of the city: Salman Farsi Avenue, Taleghani Avenue, Naderi Street and Behbahani Boulevard.
* * In Shiraz on Chamran and Nemazee Avenues protesters clash with regime forces as they chant “Death to the Dictator”. The majority of protesters are said to be students of the Nemazee medical university and are moving toward the Eram dorms.
* * Below: Video of the buses that have transported people in from rural areas to attend the regime’s own event. People have been paid to attend the regime’s own event. Received reports confirm that anywhere from food and gas coupons as well as many other forms of incentives have been distributed among people in order to have them attend their events.
* * Below: Two more videos of protests in Tehran
* * Below: Regime’s guards troll the streets on their red motorcycles and plain clothes militia on the blue motorcycles
* * Below: Protesters in Esfahan
* * In Tehran’s Haft’eh Tir square, the regime’s security guards kidnapped four girls among the protesters. A number of protesters chased the guards for several kilometers to catch them and to free the girls but they were ultimately unable to apprehend the guards and they managed to get away with the kidnapped girls who were taken to an unknown location. The regime’s security guards are said to be now, more than ever, specifically and mostly focused on attacking women and girls.
* * Below: Tehran’s protesters chant: “The legion has turned out against the leader”
* * Below: Tehran, regime guards throw tear gas at protesters
* * Below: Guards everywhere!
* * Below: Tabriz, a thin turn out for the regime’s own event