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Thursday, July 09, 2009
Pepper spray & batons

The Washington Post has a report from a witness who is also reporting violence is being used against Iranians demonstrating today.

Riot police with shields and batons could be seen dispersing people as they walked through alleys and attempted to assemble at Engelhab Square, in front of the campus, around 5 p.m., witnesses reported. People could be heard screaming in the background as the witness was interviewed. The witness said members of the Baseej, a volunteer militia, were beating people with clubs.

“There are 300 of us in a small alley and we are under attack by dozens of security forces,” the witness reported. Pepper spray was being used, and police officers in plainclothes led people off the streets into white unmarked vans, the witness said.

"The whole complex of Tehran University is surrounded by police with shields and batons," one witness reported before the demonstration. "I can see them bringing in more fresh troops."

More in a few minutes.

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