Video: Iranian thugs beat protester to death in broad daylight

posted at 8:10 pm on June 14, 2009 by Allahpundit

There’s no official confirmation that he died but that’s the word on the street. Best-case scenario is that they “merely” beat him into unconsciousness. Rather than give you just the video of the beating, though, I’m embedding a kaleidoscope of 14 clips put together by Breitbart.com to show you how widespread and violent the protests already are. If you can’t spare a few minutes to watch them all, at least watch the first three plus the seventh, where you’ll find the Basij — essentially Iran’s answer to the Nazi SA — riding by on motorcycles with batons and taking swings at anyone wearing green to indicate support for Mousavi. I’ve read multiple tweets from Iranians today claiming that some of these goons have been heard speaking Arabic, not Farsi, suggesting that they’re actually Hezbollah troops shipped in from Lebanon to help with the crackdown. Whether that’s true or just a rationalization by Iranian students who don’t want to believe their own countrymen would side with the regime against the people, I don’t know.

Mousavi hasn’t been seen since the election, by the way. Is he dead? In prison? Or, as another hot rumor has it, is he meeting with Khatami and Rafsanjani to form a united “reformist” front? Khatami was president for eight years before Ahmadinejad; Rafsanjani is currently head of the Assembly of Experts, Iran’s equivalent of the College of Cardinals. If they align with Mousavi and recruit some of the country’s other leading ayatollahs to their cause, government officials will be forced to take sides and the regime will crack wide open. No wonder they’re in such a hurry to arrest opposition leaders. Meanwhile, after devoting a few hard hours of thought to it since my last post, I’m more puzzled than ever as to why Khamenei would side with Ahmadinejad by endorsing such patently fraudulent results. How does the benefit to him outweigh the cost? Even if he’s worried about Mousavi using the presidency to liberalize Iran, he’d be in a much better position to stop him down the road by leveraging his legitimacy as supreme leader. That’s gone now. And not only is it gone, he chose to throw it away by antagonizing Iran’s youth at a moment when their political consciousness is higher than it’s ever been — after an historic campaign, replete with the country’s first televised presidential debate, and in the midst of a standoff with the whole world over Iran’s nuclear program. It’s insane — especially if, as Time claims, Khamenei is “addicted to the perception of legitimacy for himself and the system.” Either he’s lost his marbles or somebody forced his hand. But who?


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Weight of Glory on June 14, 2009 at 10:16 PM

No worries.

txag92 on June 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM

And feast your eyes on the third world – what liberals would have us become.

Grafted on June 14, 2009 at 10:19 PM

Wouldn’t you love to know what’s going on? Is he even listening to the leaders of other nations who have more experience?

Not on your life. The Precedent listens to no one.

Do you think he dropped a dime on W? (Yeah, right, probably Jimah!)

Heh. Neither. Just old white guys, you know.

In what world would this man consider experienced enough to handle these situations?

Bizarro world. We are certainly through the looking glass.

I am pretty sure that the only one impressed with his intimate knowledge of life in the Muslim world as a child is himself.

Cindy Munford on June 14, 2009 at 10:11 PM

Exactly.

progressoverpeace on June 14, 2009 at 10:22 PM

Those aren’t Hezballah militia men. They’re Ahmedinejad’s grass roots organization. Sort of like Obama’s Organizing for America, but these guys aren’t the sissies that OFA is. Punch an OFA jerk off in the nose when they interrupt supper time, and you’ll hear howls of pain, threats of impending lawsuits, and maybe eventually a police cruiser siren just before you file trespassing charges. (Hint: Make sure you tell them they’re trespassing before you defend youre property!) Punch one of Ahmedi’s goons, and the bolt action on a kalishnikov is the last thing you’ll hear. This analogy cuts through both regimes, and it’s why the arab world sees BHO (and the US, by extension) as weak and Ahmedi as strong.

dr.foo on June 14, 2009 at 10:23 PM

Blake on June 14, 2009 at 9:27 PM

he really only has one moonbat tweetie, right? he unfollowed me last night after he was worried faux-flirtatious things I was saying would be mis-interpreted by commenters here, and he didn’t want to be embarrassed by the likes of me, even though that was never, ever my intention.

I_C on June 14, 2009 at 10:24 PM

If he muffs it that badly, I don’t think even the Press will be able to offer enough cover.

The MSM will soon report how wise Obama is to not interfere, how absolutely fan-f*cking-TASTIC he is for his pragmatism, for waiting to speak, for weeghing the situation before tacing action, as is his way…blah blah blah BS BS BS.

While students who want freedom and don’t want nukes are literally getting stomped and beaten to death, we have idiots posting about how Bush was worse than Hitler. Which is EXACTLY what Obama, the democrats, and the MSM want (not the violence in Iran…what I mean is they want to MSM diversionary tactics and the stupidity of commenters like dcwvu.)

We have made our country so safe and so cushy for f*cktwads like dcwvu, he probably really believes that sh*t. Because he has sh*t for brains, thanks to the free education run by dem’s, intentionally dumbing down the masses.

Yes, dcwvu, elections have consequences. Congratulations.

JustTruth101 on June 14, 2009 at 10:25 PM

Ochimpy is as two dimensional as a picture of himself.

You are far too giving. I have him pegged at one dimension.

The Iranians have out maneuvered him and put him in a corner that he now has to try and double talk his way out of.

It’ll be interesting. The only question is how twisted the MSM interpretation is going to have to be, because we know how pathetic the idiot messiah’s “thoughts” are going to be. But … just think of the most anti-American stance possible, and that’s what The Precedent will say.

The next few days should be a real exhibition of disingenuous claptrap and outright lying.

csdeven on June 14, 2009 at 10:11 PM

It’ll be one for the history books. Another precedent for The Precedent.

progressoverpeace on June 14, 2009 at 10:26 PM

Hey, we can’t push our morals on the rest of the world, this is just how they roll.
says hussein.

christene on June 14, 2009 at 10:26 PM

elduende on June 14, 2009

That’s an interesting thought. So you think the ayatollahs are not really in charge anymore, they’re just a front to give the RG legitimacy? Maybe, but not likely. Iran’s international strategies haven’t changed in the past few decades, and that tells me there is stability at the top. They are still playing a patient, long term game, and that is the way of a clerical, not a paramilitary, mindset.

winky the barbarian on June 14, 2009 at 10:27 PM

Scenario Two: There has been a coup. Ahmedinejad and the security services have taken over. The Supreme Leader has been preserved as a figurehead, but the structures of clerical rule have effectively been gutted and are being replaced by a National Security State. Reports that facebook, twitter, text messaging and foreign TV broadcasts have been blocked, that foreign journalists are being expelled and that large concrete roadblocks (the kind that require a crane to move) have appeared in front of the Interior Ministry all feed a sense that what we are now seeing was pre-planned. Underlying this is the theory that Ahmedinejad and the people around him represent a new generation of Iranian leadership. He and his colleagues were young revolutionaries in 1979. Now in their 50s they have built careers inside the Revolutionary Guard and the other security services. They may be committed to the Islamic Republic as a concept, but they are not part of its clerical aristocracy and are now moving to push the clerics into an essentially ceremonial role. This theory in particular seems to be gaining credibility rapidly among professional Iran-watchers outside of the country.

http://www.mideastanalysis.com/1/post/2009/06/what-happened-in-iran.html
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/06/iran_i_a_coup_or_a_purge.html

elduende on June 14, 2009 at 10:27 PM

OK Messiah.

Heal the man instantly with your words.

Sapwolf on June 14, 2009 at 10:35 PM

And feast your eyes on the third world – what liberals would have us become.

Grafted on June 14, 2009 at 10:19 PM

Absolutely. We’re headed down the same path.

ddrintn on June 14, 2009 at 10:39 PM

The real problem here is American arrogance and hegemony. We should honor the great Iranian regime and Obama should once again apologize for American history and our Constitution, only this time much more forcefully. Then he should go to Cuba and grovel at Fidel’s feet. Because that’s smart diplomacy.

Barf.

Present day America is a great example of how successful societies commit suicide.

Django on June 14, 2009 at 10:40 PM

You know, all these Iranians sat on their hands while Dinnerjacket and the Ayatollah were sending in Quds forces into Iraq, selling IEDs and ESPs to AQI to kill coalition forces. They sat on their hands while homosexuals were hanged for their “crime”. They sat on their hands while women were assaulted in the streets for not being properly dressed.

Now, NOW, I’m supposed to give two fiddles about some of the butthurt ones getting killed. HAHA. Fat chance. At no point did they ever stand up for themselves. Their weakness allowed things to get to this point.

Blarg the Destroyer on June 14, 2009 at 10:15 PM

History, our own included, is replete with people who “sat on their hands” for lengthy periods before acting in large numbers. In fact that is the norm. Better now than never.

MB4 on June 14, 2009 at 10:44 PM

The weasel White House on the “Iran situtation”

“This is a debate among Iranians about Iran’s future,” the official says.

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/06/iran-the-view-from-the-white-house.html

Hey does this mean we can “debate” Iranian style in this country?I’d love to put my peeps against Obama’s in this type of “debate”.

elduende on June 14, 2009 at 10:51 PM

MB4 on June 14, 2009 at 10:44 PM

30 years +? The Iranians are weak and feckless in the face of the Ayatollahs. This “revolution” is nothing more than a few isolated incidents being blown way out of proportion.

This whole ordeal will be over within the next 36 hours and nothing, nothing will have changed.

Blarg the Destroyer on June 14, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Interesting developments in Iran. These elections and the following chain of events.
25 May09: Iran has sent six warships into international waters in a move security experts are calling a “muscle flexing” show of defiance following missile tests last week.
2005: The opening of the BTC pipeline:Of all the parties in the Caspian Sea region, only Iran stands to be the absolute loser and the United States the foremost winner. It is a big victory for Washington’s diplomacy and another black day for the Islamic Republic’s”, added Dr. Khavand in an interview with Iran Press Service
AUG 08:Any disruption to the BTC flow is sure to send shockwaves through Europe, which is already reeling from high global crude prices and whose energy security depends on major energy links like the BTC pipeline to keep it from being wholly dependent on Russia for its energy needs. The line was built primarily to isolate regional powers such as Russia and Iran by providing an alternative source of energy to the European market while expanding Western influence over the South Caucasus and Caspian Sea regions.

Watch Iran to either team with Russia for a further move into Georgia and seizure of the BTC pipeline and/or naval issue following the Iranian Navy putting to sea. Seizure of tthe energy assets from the BTC or leveraging naval control mmay be a first step toward further power grabs or pushing issues with Israel. Iran is looking to give the US a huge black eye. Watch these issues closely friends, very closely. The precipice is close…very close.

ted c on June 14, 2009 at 10:52 PM

I’m more puzzled than ever as to why Khamenei would side with Ahmadinejad by endorsing such patently fraudulent results. How does the benefit to him outweigh the cost?

Why is the sky blue? You cannot apply American civilized logic to uncivilized Islamic extremeism. It is that simple!

glennbo on June 14, 2009 at 10:56 PM

ted c on June 14, 2009 at 10:52 PM

we are getting rolled planetwide. It won’t take an overt move in Georgia all it takes is for the FSB to finish engineering the collapse of Saakashvili and they can control the pipeline without moving forces south of the Roki.

elduende on June 14, 2009 at 11:02 PM

so sad

blatantblue on June 14, 2009 at 11:08 PM

The Iranians are weak and feckless in the face of the Ayatollahs. This “revolution” is nothing more than a few isolated incidents being blown way out of proportion.

This whole ordeal will be over within the next 36 hours and nothing, nothing will have changed.

Blarg the Destroyer on June 14, 2009 at 10:51 PM

So kind of like the tea parties then?

MB4 on June 14, 2009 at 11:10 PM

I hope the most capable students are prudent enough to stay away from trouble, rather than waste themselves in support of someone whose virtue is that he’s a little better than Ahmadinejad.

Kralizec on June 14, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Then the Thugs took off their T-shirts, got back on the bus and went to the next house.

There is hardly a hair difference between busing Union thugs to private peoples houses to frighten them, breaking and entering private homes to “retake” the homes for those in need and Armed and uniformed thugs outside polling places that are not prosecuted because they are the right sort.

Hell, at least the Iranians are fighting.

GunRunner on June 14, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Heal the man instantly with your words.

Obama can heal the man with thoughts alone. He need not waste his speech on an individual, especially one that opposes dictatorship.

doodleduh on June 14, 2009 at 11:23 PM

Question-If Obama does not come out for Mousavi, and he does not come out for the younger people of Iran who voted for Mousavi; then does that mean about 70% or so of Iran is going to be extremely mad at America?

Again. As usual, but with a little more energy?

If Obama does not even appear to be doing something in the area of correcting this election, these people are going to be hopping mad. And as of now, they seem to be the majority in Iran.

All of this just brings back the days of our family huddling around the evening news with Peter Jennings, and praying this was the day our hostages were released. Thank God we do not have an embassy there! But we do have soldiers next door, and Obama had better think about what these ticked off Iranian voters might do in Iraq!

freeus on June 14, 2009 at 11:24 PM

KINDA LOOKS LIKE LOS-ANGLES AFTER A RODNEY KING TRIAL…

AMERICAN VETERAN on June 14, 2009 at 11:29 PM

BHO is calling adaaajeanammmahd<sp? and asking if he can get some ballet stuffing pointers for our 2012 election….OH, and he wants his ACORN memebers sent back to the USSA

AMERICAN VETERAN on June 14, 2009 at 11:31 PM

Video #7′s narration says the crowd turned on one of the motorcycling cops and killed him. The burning pile is the remains of the cop. The narration is in Italian but very clear.

Alma on June 14, 2009 at 11:38 PM

I think you give Khameini too much credit. The single most basic rule of power is that absolute power corrupts. Khameini has been wielding absolute power for what, two decades. In that time, his regime faced one challenge and has since clamped down on students. If Khameini felt sufficiently threatened by things he saw from Mousavi during the campaign, it doesn’t surprise me at all that he would overreach. Jeez, just look at what Obama is doing in terms of overreaching. Both, I am sure, expect nothing more than complaining which they can overcome with no major problems.

Wolf Howling on June 14, 2009 at 11:49 PM

So kind of like the tea parties then?

MB4 on June 14, 2009 at 11:10 PM

Painfully accurate.

a capella on June 15, 2009 at 12:06 AM

This is exactly why we have a 2nd Amendment you sack of crap leftists.

ClassicCon on June 15, 2009 at 12:18 AM

Bush: Iraqis with purple fingers electing a democratic government.

Obama: Rigged Iranian election and armed thug squads turned loose on anyone who dares dissent.

Got a feeling this’ll end up ACORN’s 2010 Election training video.

SuperCool on June 15, 2009 at 12:18 AM

Note to Obarky:

1) Claiming to be Messiah means you have to act like Messiah…we are waiting.

2) So exactly what great improvements to the human condition were given to us by Islam?

3) Your being played for the fool you are by Dinnerjacket, Lil’ Kim, Hezzbolla/Bowl-of-cr@p, and el-talko-mucho-grande-Chavez.

Bubba Redneck on June 15, 2009 at 12:22 AM

Voters don’t like it when elections are rigged.

infidel4life on June 14, 2009 at 8:34 PM

The current administration would do well to remember this.

heshtesh on June 15, 2009 at 12:25 AM

I’ve read multiple tweets from Iranians today claiming that some of these goons have been heard speaking Arabic, not Farsi, suggesting that they’re actually Hezbollah troops shipped in from Lebanon to help with the crackdown. Whether that’s true or just a rationalization by Iranian students who don’t want to believe their own countrymen would side with the regime against the people, I don’t know

.

Again AP that is not new. The Iranians have reportedly been importing Palestinians and Lebanese to serve in their security forces for years now. Michael Ledeen and others have been reporting this for years.

This has been building for a long time.

Dreadnought on June 15, 2009 at 12:40 AM

I’m more puzzled than ever as to why Khamenei would side with Ahmadinejad by endorsing such patently fraudulent results. How does the benefit to him outweigh the cost? Even if he’s worried about Mousavi using the presidency to liberalize Iran, he’d be in a much better position to stop him down the road by leveraging his legitimacy as supreme leader. — Allah

Since you are an atheist, allow me to enlighten you. This is about Islam achieving supreme control over the people of Iran. It has always been about Islam achieving supreme control over the Iranian people. Khameinei simply wants power, thru religion, to control the people of Iran and force them to lives “clean” lives as he feels they should live them. Imanutjob does that better for him than Moussavi. Like Saddam, he is not living in reality, and neither are you.

You believe religion is irrelevant, and government should take extreme measures to eliminate it. Khameinei and his mullahs believe religion is supremely relevant, and is, in fact, the only legitimate way for people to live. Both of you are wrong.

Religion is a system of beliefs outside government, and is used to guide people thru hard times. Something governments do very poorly, because they do very poorly in bad times as well. But they can rarely be successfully opposed. Religions (in the West) preach forgiveness, and how to get along with your fellow Man and squash conflict with compassion. Islam preaches nothing of the sort.

Every time you deny that the politics of the Middle East is deeply tied up in Islam, you deny reality. Unless Islam is moderated, and relegated to the same non governmental status as Christianity, then wars will not cease, oppression will not be squelched, and tyranny will prevail.

You want peace in the Middle East? Eliminate radical Islam.

Subsunk

Subsunk on June 15, 2009 at 12:40 AM

This is exactly why we have a 2nd Amendment you sack of crap leftists.

ClassicCon on June 15, 2009 at 12:18 AM

Amen Brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The first things all dictators do, since the beginning of time, is to disarm the populace. God Bless our Founding Fathers for those 14 words: “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

The emphasis is mine.

Those 14 words give teeth to every other right spelled out in the manuscript.

Bubba Redneck on June 15, 2009 at 12:46 AM

30 years +? The Iranians are weak and feckless in the face of the Ayatollahs. This “revolution” is nothing more than a few isolated incidents being blown way out of proportion.

This whole ordeal will be over within the next 36 hours and nothing, nothing will have changed.

Blarg the Destroyer on June 14, 2009 at 10:51 PM

You may be right. Or not. Who knows? These kinds of protests have been occuring for years in Iran. They just haven’t been reported much until now. Look at how the mainstream media was slow to react even to this latest outbreak.

It is hard to get a sense of the real scale from You Tube videos and Twitter feeds. To me, some of it looks awfully similar to the types of outbreaks you used to see in Belfast or Derry thirty or thirty-five years ago. Fearsome in a way, but not as profound as the camera makes you believe.

Dreadnought on June 15, 2009 at 12:47 AM

Heal the man instantly with your words.

Sapwolf on June 14, 2009 at 10:35 PM

Or simply touch the hem of his garment.

csdeven on June 15, 2009 at 1:19 AM

It’ll be one for the history books. Another precedent for The Precedent.

progressoverpeace on June 14, 2009 at 10:26 PM

I wonder what the TOTUS will have to say?

csdeven on June 15, 2009 at 1:20 AM

Unless Islam is moderated, and relegated to the same non governmental status as Christianity

Subsunk on June 15, 2009 at 12:40 AM

One might as well expect rivers to run backwards.

Hinmahtooyahlatkek on June 15, 2009 at 1:35 AM

Looks like a Chicago election to me. No wonder Obama is falling over himself to approve of the election and “work with Iran”. Hope Hussein Obama manages to keep himself from bowing to the Iranian mullahs too.

iconoclast on June 15, 2009 at 1:52 AM

I know I’m a late to the party, but I have a question……….

………. There has been one voice missing in all of this,

Where the hell does Russia stand in all of this…….?

……… Didn’t Russia help supply Iran with the capabilities for nuclear power, stand in the way of Europe and the United States for the past six years in negotiation attempts, supply Iran with military weapons?

Why the hell is everyone asking what King Tut is going to do, the fool is an incompetent child……….

………….. Find out who the Russians back, then you will have your answer as to who is behind this.

Seven Percent Solution on June 15, 2009 at 1:53 AM

Thank you AP for this post! This is one of your best ever!

It’s important to know we have someone on top of this situation because Barry O sure isn’t and the MSM just gives us spin and not facts.

Just Friday, Obama was praising the Iranian election and the MSM was spinning the election as proof that Obama had a positive influence on the world. Bwahahaha! Epic fail on both counts!

Barry is just about as clueless on Iran as Jimmah was!

sarahpalinfan99 on June 15, 2009 at 4:29 AM

Anyone else think it’s a bit odd that several riot officers insist on throwing rocks back at the students?

Transference of skills, hm?

Grunchy Cranola on June 15, 2009 at 5:27 AM

This whole ordeal will be over within the next 36 hours and nothing, nothing will have changed.

Blarg the Destroyer on June 14, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Except there will probably be several thousands of protesters not around to cause trouble anymore.

Timothy S. Carlson on June 15, 2009 at 6:36 AM

What Axis of Evil?

Tres Angelas on June 15, 2009 at 6:40 AM

Those men aren’t Iranians. This picture was shot in the south side of Chicago. It’s all a conspiracy, I tell ya.

jimmy2shoes on June 15, 2009 at 7:11 AM

This is exactly why we have a 2nd Amendment you sack of crap leftists.

ClassicCon

Yes, but only if we are willing to go the distance. I do not doubt the patriotism of 2A Americans. I doubt our resolve.
It’s a terrible thing to take up arms against your own government. It would be better to find a way, short of violence, to inspire the masses to throw off the yoke of oppression by political action. I don’t know if that’s possible by 2010. After that, it’s probably too late.
History tells us that confiscation of privately owned weapons is a necessary precursor to total state domination, so keep an eye on those developments. All the more reason to join the NRA if you haven’t already. Even if you don’t own a firearm but care about freedom, do so. Their vigilance allows you to concentrate on other things in your life.
Sorry to go off-topic, but there’s a reason why the Iranian situation makes us think about Obama and ACORN. Of course, I could just sit back and wait for the milk and honey to pour out of my life-size poster of “the One”.

SKYFOX on June 15, 2009 at 7:59 AM

In broad daylight? Shoulda done it at night, the dopes.

Akzed on June 15, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Video: Iranian thugs beat protester to death in broad daylight

What an odd headline.

It’s as if you still want to demonize all Iranians by using the word “Iranian” to modify “thugs”, but not “protester”. The right generally prefers to look at the entire country and its populace as one looming menace. This situation makes a more nuanced view necessary. I hope you can keep up.

In fact, as you mention in the post, it’s not even certain that the thugs are actually Iranian.

orange on June 15, 2009 at 12:34 PM

I can’t get enough of these videos. I love to see well equipped Civilian Security Forces in action. Imagine how effective the guys on motorcycles would be if they were as well equipped as their military.

Those police on motorcycles are very bold. It’s easy enough to unseat a motorcyclist by grabbing the bike’s handlebars. A well placed pipe in spoke wheels can go a long way to slowing down a cyclist.

Ampleforth on June 15, 2009 at 12:36 PM

The people that did this to their own are the people Obama trusts with a nuke.

http://twitpic.com/7hlsf

Obama is a menace to our security.

elduende on June 15, 2009 at 4:46 PM

I just hope that the next time AP wants to get all weepy about a video of U.S. cops tasering somebody, he thinks of this, and remembers what real police brutality looks like.

Dukeboy01 on June 15, 2009 at 5:57 PM

It looks to me the iranians have had about all the hope and change they can stand. Wonder how long till Doh!bama joins Plugs Biden in that underground shelter beneth the vp’s residence.

bullheadbob on June 15, 2009 at 6:05 PM

Where were all the liberals ?
Where were all the police?
oh yea i forgot they were the ones
DOING ALL THE BEATINGS AND KILLINGS..

http://www.veteranoutrage.com

veteranoutrage on June 15, 2009 at 8:48 PM

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