Iranians protest in Tehran June 16
wikipedia photo by Milad Avazbeigi
By Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay
McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)
Iran descended further into chaos Saturday, as security forces used guns, tear gas and metal batons against defiant protesters, protesters fought back, and the toll of dead and injured mounted in the country's escalating post-election crisis.
Videos and pictures posted on the Internet, and which appeared authentic, showed scenes of violence. In one, a woman lay in the street, surrounded by a crowd, her face covered in blood. Other reports showed security forces firing into the air to disperse protesters and tossing canisters of tear gas.
But there were also images of protesters battling back-hurling stones, chasing police away and displaying security forces' helmets like trophies.