IRAN: Cries and Whispers
IPS / Yasaman Baji (pseudonym)

After several tumultuous days, the streets of Tehran are relatively quiet. But the density of police and basij presence has given the city an air of suffocation. It is hard to breathe. Tehran has the feel of martial law even if there has been no official announcement. But their presence with sticks and batons in front of everyone’s eyes is sufficient to make the Iranian capital feel like it is under occupation. Gatherings of more than three people have been declared illegal; "do not stop, move" is a constant refrain. The text messaging system is still not working and the Internet is heavily filtered.

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