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.