Latest Iran Protests Turn Bloody, Witnesses Say

It's like a war zone: witnesses
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Jun 24, 2009 4:22 PM CDT
Riot police in Iran's capital fired tear gas and bullets in the air today in clashes with protesters, witnesses say.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Hundreds of protesters faced off against several thousand riot cops in a Tehran square today after Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran won’t budge on election results, the Guardian reports. Witnesses called the site a war zone, with helicopters hovering overhead as police savagely beat and arrested demonstrators. The reports could not be confirmed.

“They beat a woman so savagely that she was drenched in blood and her husband, he fainted,” a witness told CNN. “They were beating people like hell. It was a massacre.” But another told Reuters that there had been no violence. Meanwhile, opposition leaders ratcheted up their anti-government rhetoric, with Mahdi Karroubi, the more liberal candidate, calling the current regime illegitimate.