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Three days in Iran

Supporters of the opposition to Iran's current ruling regime continue to gather, speak out, and protest - despite the risks of imprisonment, injury or death, and the continued official restrictions on foreign media coverage. On December 21st, 2009, thousands of Iranians attended a funeral ceremony for Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the spiritual father of Iran's reform movement, who had passed away at the age of 87. In the days following the funeral, mourners and protesters took to the streets defying an official ban on such memorial services. On the Muslim holy day of Ashoura, December 27th, protesters and riot police clashed in multiple locations in Tehran, leaving many injured and between 8 and 37 protesters killed, including the nephew of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi. Days later, on December 30th, the Iranian government organized its own protest - against the opposition - giving all civil servants the day off to attend, providing dozens of buses and free chocolate milk for demonstrators. Collected here are photos from the three days, most taken by anonymous photographers, acquired outside the country by press agencies who are restricted by the government ban. (33 photos total)

Two pro-reform Iranian women attend the funeral ceremony of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the spiritual father of Iran's reform movement, as they wear green headbands, the symbolic color of Iranian opposition, in the holy city of Qom, 125 km (78 mi) south of the capital Tehran, Iran on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. Montazeri, who died Sunday at the age of 87, was a key figure in the 1979 Islamic Revolution who later accused his fellow clerical leaders of imposing dictatorship in the name of Islam. (AP Photo)
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153 comments so far...
1.

Awesome pics as always, video for pic #18 is up on youtube, kinda disgusting though

Posted by Rohit January 4, 10 12:45 PM
2.

These pictures are always boring!

Posted by gustavo January 4, 10 12:58 PM
3.

Some pictures are awesome... thank you, for this blog post !

Posted by André Weigel January 4, 10 01:00 PM
4.

Good pictures as usual, but #21 is just brilliant.

Posted by Christof January 4, 10 01:03 PM
5.

Down with dictator
Down with ahmadinejad
Down with khameneyi
مرگ بر دیکتاتور
مرگ بر احمدی نژاد
مرگ بر خامنه ای

Posted by Sahand January 4, 10 01:11 PM
6.

It's worth mentioning that the pro-government rally was orchestrated by the mullacracy. They forced civil servants to attend the rally.

Posted by Anthony January 4, 10 01:19 PM
7.

Awesome photos, thank you.

Posted by lattenwald January 4, 10 01:20 PM
8.

down with Khameneyi. # 15 is so so sad , she has blood in her face and her eyes are full of tears and she shows V ... thanks

Posted by rojin1986 January 4, 10 01:20 PM
9.

#21 looks photoshopped

Posted by Mugros January 4, 10 01:21 PM
10.

stupid people! they don't know what they want either

Posted by Asood January 4, 10 01:22 PM
11.

# 15
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Posted by matt January 4, 10 01:26 PM
12.

It's so sad to see these people suffer. Great pictures as usual, #12 is a good one... Payback!

Posted by Alhaji January 4, 10 01:29 PM
13.

Can someone translate the text on that banner of pic #32 please?

Posted by ResiFE January 4, 10 01:51 PM
14.

Very sad that most people in the world do not actually care enough about the struggles of these extremely brave people...

During the Romanian revolution, in all the confusion, happiness, terror and fear... at least it was great to know that the whole world was paying attention, was supporting and sympathetic.

I think that in the end the Iranians will be able to find their way to freedom, as terror and oppression does not work forever... to bring the people to submissions.

Posted by danezia January 4, 10 01:56 PM
15.

Thanks for these pictures... Let's not forget this people fighting for democracy.

Posted by Malene January 4, 10 01:59 PM
16.

Why do you think we are stupid?! I'm an opposition supporter and I know what we want. we want DEMOCRACY and FREEDOM. More than 80 percent of Iranian want change and democracy in Iran. They wanted to tell this during "election" but that election became a selection! "Ahamdinejad" is not our president. "Khamenei" is a dictator in Iran and they are terrorists like "Taliban" in Afghanistan. Dictator forced civil servants to attend the pro-govenment rally. (GREEN MOVEMENT in IRAN)

Posted by sara January 4, 10 02:07 PM
17.

response to #10 from Tehran.
Comment 10 is insulting .we can see the writer's comment as his or her superficiality or an extremist who just want the world look like him or her that dose not know diversity in our great civilization and tolerance, so its natural we have different ideas and u can see such diversity in our demonstrations both religious and non-religious, young and old, women and men.we have a history of more than 100 hundred year constitutional and liberty movement that is a unique exception in the middle east, even though it has been suppressed by diehards but Iranians are pioneer of liberty in this region. And its alive until we reach it.So its better to cool off Mr or Mrs Asood and follow the future and read more about Iran history before judging a nation. we Iranians want liberty, freedom of speech and expression and modernity the elements that our fathers and ancestors tried to get it. finally i want from dear blogger to revise such an insulting comment to a nation.
sincerely yours.

Posted by Arash January 4, 10 02:30 PM
18.

Go Green!

Posted by Amin January 4, 10 02:38 PM
19.

I am happy to see that even when the clashes get violent, the supporters of change take the time to be what their opposition cannot be - compassionate to people with whom they disagree. I wonder if the policemen who have their wounds tended by protesters think about that.

Posted by Lesley G January 4, 10 02:40 PM
20.

great pics, I patiently await the end of Islam

Posted by mohammed January 4, 10 02:40 PM
21.

Awesome photos, thank you very much.

Posted by sohrab January 4, 10 02:43 PM
22.

Thanks for the pictures. Please keep showing the world whats going on in Iran.

Respect for the protesters! (the pro-reform protesters of course)

Posted by Jan Willem January 4, 10 02:49 PM
23.

Are you that irresponsible ?
Several of these photos, especially those with people fighting the police, will vey probably be used to arrest them.

please at least blur their faces, urgently !

Posted by Fabrice N January 4, 10 02:49 PM
24.

dead end...

Posted by michael January 4, 10 02:57 PM
25.

Genius :-) really pure images lot's of bales to

Boring people always post boring comments Gustavo ......

Posted by Alex Von Materhorn January 4, 10 03:14 PM
26.

Amazing Pics...But also dangerous for Green protestors. Please blur faces in these Pics....May be not too late to protect people from government identification

Posted by Arian January 4, 10 03:22 PM
27.

16 is just amazing. Seeing the people fight back like that is powerful.

Also, if you look at the opposition protesters, they tend to be young. Then you look at the current government supports, there is an obvious age difference in the majority.

Posted by Khristopher January 4, 10 03:26 PM
28.

Are you that irresponsible ?
Several of these photos, especially those with people fighting the police, will probably be used to arrest them.

please at least blur their faces, urgently !
please lock at www.gerdab.ir the revolutionary guard security site for arresting the protest is full of carefulness protesters and photographers photos.If they arrest, will probably execute.
it is not ordinary comment .We are in very dangerous conditions.Please blur them immediately.
Thanks

Posted by Iran.green.protest January 4, 10 03:28 PM
29.

These are nice and clear pics, well done. But bear in mind that in the post election arrests the photos published on the net were used as evidence against the protesters. Unless you want these poor people to be arrested, imprisoned and possibly executed, blur the faces so they can not be recognized.
Thanks in advance - from a fellow photographer

Posted by aliyama January 4, 10 03:31 PM
30.

ResiFE - the banners say "Death to America", "Death to England" and "Death to Israel" on their respective flags

Posted by olivedulce January 4, 10 03:40 PM
31.

Love and compassion to you dear Iranians goes from the Baltic states. You are absolutely wonderful. Down with khameneyi. Thank you Mr Bigpicture for you are. (yet lame that you did not cover Copenhagen; yes there was no blood, no shootings. lame, very lame).

Posted by augis January 4, 10 03:58 PM
32.

After reading the top description, I was eagerly awaiting pictures of large groups of people at the pro-government rally drinking free chocolate milk. It just seems so ridiculous, come to our rally, get chocolate milk.

Posted by Jared January 4, 10 04:01 PM
33.

Amazing, but scary pictures

Posted by Boo January 4, 10 04:01 PM
34.

#13 : the translation would be :
Down to America / Israel / England

I would like to add that the pro-governmental protests are absolutely artificial.

p.s ; i am from Tehran

Posted by Fariborz January 4, 10 04:23 PM
35.

it's so funny tghe pro regime demonstrations after weeks of advertising, free bus rides, free food & beverages, bonuses, bags of free grocery awards and also cash bonuses for all gov employee participants had no more than 30-50,000 supporters
regime only took few pictures from an angle that you can't see the end of rally and it was only in Tehran while the anti-regime demonstrations despite tear gas, bullets, batons, arrests & all other threats were nation-wide & was estimated in over 10 million nation-wide
Isfahan, Tehran & Najafabad were completely out of control of government durin the Ashura protests
most former pro-Ahmadinejad supporters are now anti-regime & green supporters as well & people are publicly protesting against the Islamic Republic and not the Election results or Mousavi support anymore
regime is taking its last breath

Posted by Cyrus January 4, 10 04:31 PM
36.

Great pictures as always.
I agree with Comment 23,26, 29. You have to blur the faces.

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
-- First Amendment, The Constitution of the United States

This is slowly disappearing with our Christian fundamentalist here in the US. I hope Americans can use these pictures as examples of can happen when religion gets in the way of progress.

Posted by That Dude January 4, 10 04:45 PM
37.

Thanks for the awesome post.
You should've included pictures of giving food and drinks to people in pro-government rallies:
http://hagegatnews4.wordpress.com/2010/01/03/%D8%B9%DA%A9%D8%B3-%D9%84%D8%B4%DA%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%B3%DB%8C-%DA%A9%D9%87-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D9%BE%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B9%DA%A9%D8%B3-%D8%B1%D9%87%D8%A8%D8%B1-%D8%B1/

They even walk over the supereme leaders photos just to get a drink! There rallies are only possible by forcing civil servants to attend the rally. Also Iranian government is also using members of Hizbollah from Lebanon to help with the crackdown and beating of its own people.

Your support would help people fighting in Iran for democracy. Trust me if you want peace in Middle east and ultimately the world you have to support this movement

Posted by Amir January 4, 10 04:50 PM
38.

the second demo was kind of show what the goverment did to pretend to have a democraty but the big problem is that the people of other city in iran except big cities are not interessed to have second revolution because they afaid of what happend the next,i dont hope that us could solve this problemm as you can see the situation in iraq,the us want also have their own benefit in this case,not because of poor poeple in this land

Posted by Anonymous January 4, 10 04:53 PM
39.

Its amazing to see how brave these people are, fighting for their rights and their future, against such an reactionary and conservative regime.
At the other side, its very sad, that european politicians ignoring these riots and avoid to be consequent (eg. putting pressure on the local iranian ambassadors).

So, do not surrender and best wishes from Austria!

Posted by Alex January 4, 10 06:13 PM
40.

The pro-government protesters were gathered from cities around and they were mainly government workers who had to participated or else they would have lost their jobs or been prosecuted as enemies of Islam. There are very tough punishments in Iran for people who chose not to participated in the pro-government events. The least is that those who don't participated will be refused jobs and higher education for the rest of their lives. Many have also been bribed by free food and drinks, I had lived in Iran long enough knowing that many Basiji forces are coming from very poor backgrounds both financially and culturally.

I especially like the fact that Iranians are fighting with such a style with sophisticated Internet tools and self organizing methods. Despite all the crimes committed by the security forces, they still bring them over and try to protect them.

Many nations in the world are suffering, but when people of a nation stand up to get their rights, they earn everyone's respect. I wish the best for the people of Iran, they have proved that they are ready for a democratic society.

Posted by Rastin January 4, 10 06:42 PM
41.

What's #11 all about ....

I'm sure the Police don't need to raise their batons to elderly women.

Posted by Grant January 4, 10 07:00 PM
42.

mankind will only know peace when the last kings have been strangled by the entrails of the last priests

Posted by bobotheclown January 4, 10 07:01 PM
43.

I applaud the brave people of Iran for standing up for change despite the danger. However, I also feel sorry for the policemen, they're only doing their job, no? Thanks for the pictures. Salam from Canada.

Posted by SolaVeritas January 4, 10 07:19 PM
44.

It´s amazing to see these people who believe in Freedom !!!!
Down every kind of dictatorship.

Posted by Angel January 4, 10 07:39 PM
45.

#18 - I saw the video of that man being shot and them trying to save him on Youtube...i believe it was the exact same man.

I just looked at my youtube history, and the video was called shahid_Ashura_Tehran .wmv and it had 937,713 views before it was shut down. It showed the last 1:47 of his life. The video has been removed, but the still of it is graphic. For me it is the first result. Same jacket, and woulds it seems - http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=shahid_Ashura_Tehran&search_type=&aq=f

These pictures are very graphic and striking. My favorite would have to be #15. Thank you for sharing them

Posted by Courtney January 4, 10 08:07 PM
46.

Superb pictures. Best wishes from Spain to the brave people of Iran. Do not surrender!!!

Posted by panchurret January 4, 10 08:24 PM
47.

So many people here want a civil war in Iran.

Posted by Lee January 4, 10 09:38 PM
48.

Achmanidejad is great leader...why Iranian follow democracy, like Amerika or England?. Didn't they see Irak?

Posted by Ahmad January 4, 10 09:57 PM
49.

I hope these people get there freedom in the end and that bastard Ahmadinejad is shot in the head along with his associates. Dictators need to be wiped off the earth. Also i am a Christian from the US and i am no fundamentalist and i believe this country was founded on judeo-christian principles as well as freedom to choose what we want to believe and do with our lives so i do not push my religion onto anyone nor should anyone else but those principles are there for a reason and they work. Take all of that away and you no longer have an America, you have another country entirely. Why can't man come together and explore out universe for what it has to offer. Fix the world and head for space. This is not Sparta!

Posted by Chris January 4, 10 10:25 PM
50.

The dictators always name the oppositions "traitors", "followers of the west" and so on. I sympathize the Iranian people who want democracy because I live in a country like Iran. I applaud the brave people of Iran.

One day we will win those dictators.

Best wishes from Burma

Posted by Naing January 4, 10 11:03 PM
51.

Thank you for capturing these photos so we can see what's really going on over there.

Posted by BF January 4, 10 11:06 PM
52.

Irony is current regime is democratically elected just like Hamas is, yet West is hell bent on removing them from power.

Shame on you US and UK.

Posted by Jaffy January 5, 10 12:09 AM
53.

compare 1 and 33, girls pro and against govement,
all is said with those two pictures for a free country observer, for me,

anyway, ils ne sont pas sortis de la merde

Posted by Alizé January 5, 10 12:19 AM
54.

BLUR THE PROTESTERS' FACES, the Iranian police/officials can use these photos to identify and wrongly detain/interrogate/EXECUTE these individuals. BLUR THEM NOW.

Posted by USA.believes.in.the.Iranian.People January 5, 10 12:37 AM
55.

Amazing photos. I am in awe of the bravery the Iranian's who are protesting their government. Iran reminds me of "V for Vendetta"

Posted by Hassan Arshad January 5, 10 01:17 AM
56.

down with Islamist neo fascism
long live brave Iranian people in their struggle against tyrannical
regime of thieves and hoodlums
down with all reactionary powers supporting this brutal and repressive
regime, China and Russian mafia in particular

Posted by nariman January 5, 10 01:41 AM
57.

as usual I'm impressed by the determination and the courage of the opposition in Iran. They know what they want and fight for it. These pictures prove it. These guys come down on the streets and face death and there is somebody to say they don't know what they want? Asood (#10), I don't where you are from or what are your political views but you can't deny the fact that, far from being stupid, they do know what they want!

as for Superbrain Gustavo (#2), I suggest, if you have the ball to go to Iran, wear a green hat in those manifestations and dare say again this is boring!

pic 15 is a powerful one.


Posted by Anonymous January 5, 10 01:54 AM
58.

It looks like a battle of the young against the old. #15 is a very poignant image.

Posted by Imitiaz January 5, 10 02:15 AM
59.

For me, #31 is so powerful - I'm moved by how organized they are being in their efforts. Beautiful.

Posted by KT January 5, 10 02:20 AM
60.

Oops, #31 is against the opposition - so never mind!
Not a fan of that photo after all.

I love #3, #5 and #21.

Posted by KT January 5, 10 02:24 AM
61.

painful all picture ...... I respect all Inranin people

Posted by makbul husain January 5, 10 03:07 AM
62.

I love this site - keep up the great work.

Posted by Mark January 5, 10 04:58 AM
63.

victory is near......we are uncountable ......vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

Posted by green man January 5, 10 05:20 AM
64.

22 is a stunning photo.
20 also made an impact. It heartens me to see some of the protesters protecting the police from violence. The rest of the pics are just a bit sad.

Posted by K Swiss January 5, 10 06:24 AM
65.

shame on dictatorship regime in Iran

Posted by free IRAN January 5, 10 07:12 AM
66.

i agree with mugros. the scarf in #21 really looks photoshopped

Posted by zibb January 5, 10 07:21 AM
67.

I think comments should be disabled. Most of them are really horrible and add nothing to the photos.

Posted by Lindsey January 5, 10 08:54 AM
68.

Great pictures but do you realize you're putting a lot of people in danger by showing their faces....

Posted by FriendofIranians January 5, 10 12:04 PM
69.

"Amazing, but scary pictures." That kind of comment, along with "great pics, I patiently await the end of Islam" are the two types of comments that make me sick.

Why is this scary? These are a nation of people who are fighting for reform, not some nutcases who wish the end of our country. If you knew anything about Iran, you'd know that Islamic fundamentalists make up a small fraction of Islamic people, just how Christian fundamentalists make up a small percentage of Christians in the US.

Why await the end of Islam? There are just about as many Islamic followers as there are Christians, and everyone alike is striving for the same sort of goals in life.

I highly encourage you to read Rick Steves "Travel as a Political Act," since he has a great section on Iran and its people. Yes, Iran has some issues, but our media makes them out to be far more demon-like and menacing than they are, by far!

Posted by Andrew L. January 5, 10 01:17 PM
70.

Anyone notice #27 is all men. where as the opposition contains a much higher percentage of womyn...

Down with the dictator

Posted by Tom January 5, 10 01:49 PM
71.

I am from america and I want to say, from looking at these pictures I can clearly see there is hope for the middle east. Don't stop fighting it will pay off in the end. long live the revolution. Down with idiot dicatator.

Posted by Vincenzo January 5, 10 01:50 PM
72.

I agree that you should consider disabling comments. The images are powerful enough on their own.

Posted by vince stephenson January 5, 10 01:52 PM
73.

How could any women support a political system like that? Just look at the photos of the supporterd. How many of them are veiled in black just because they have no other choice? This is just one reason, why something has to change. But there is hope. Compare the crowds and see that supporters are elderely man, while the protesters are young people. They are the future!

Btw. blurring the images wouldn't protect anyone. The photos aren't exclusive to this page. I would suggest something else: take and spread so many pictures that everyone is on one of them. They can't arrest the whole country!

Posted by Lupin January 5, 10 02:36 PM
74.

If the fellows in #27 were American, I am sure they would either be birthers, or tea-baggers

Posted by Roger Bowman January 5, 10 02:58 PM
75.

All the leaders who are part of this mess are irresponsible. People are getting hurt and dying because of WHAT ONLY YOU WANT!!! It's Selfish.

Posted by spactem January 5, 10 03:47 PM
76.

Amazing photos boston, you guys always have the best reality news photos on the planet. Sure brings to home what is going down out there.

Posted by Branden Silva January 5, 10 04:15 PM
77.

V

Posted by b ilario January 5, 10 05:19 PM
78.

commentor 47: No, a toppling is what we want, not war. freedom IS worth fighting for.
74: I believe you are correct

Posted by tkronberger January 5, 10 05:26 PM
79.

Agree with no. 2

Posted by Marco January 5, 10 05:28 PM
80.

Amazing pictures

Posted by yashar January 5, 10 08:30 PM
81.

I was in iran...

And Iranian people really want changes...!

All the power is in hands of ayatollah Khamenei... Ahmadinejad is just ayatollah's dummy... But Iranian people and also people in the world think, that the biggest problem is Ahmadinejad... If You change Ahmadinejad, you will get just another ayatollah's dummy.

Posted by miha January 5, 10 08:31 PM
82.

Seperate church from state and you will have what you want.great pics btw,very sad,freedom cost so much and once you get it you have to fight to keep it.

Posted by Vettcrazz January 5, 10 09:57 PM
83.

Thanks for the great pictures.
I hope non-Iranian get the picture and see how Iranian people are fighting for freedom and change. If you see some pro-governement demonstrator, please note that most of them are government employee and had come/brought either by force, fear, etc..
Please support Iranian whenever and wherever you can.

Posted by Green January 5, 10 10:23 PM
84.

Good job...hope this will MOVE some indifferent Iranian, we all OWE to these people. " WE SHALL OVERCOME" Long live IRAN

Posted by AZAR January 5, 10 11:16 PM
85.

Looking at the pictures of the anti and the pro government demonstrations and noticing the age difference between the two groups ( assuming that the pro governments demonstrators were not forced to come out) makes me think that what is happening in Iran these days is the clash of the old and the new generations and by the token the clash of the fenatisem and modernism.

Posted by Majid January 5, 10 11:23 PM
86.

You guys are hands down doing the best job out of any Newspaper in North America.

Time, Newsweek, NYT, take note.

From Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Keep up the great work.

Posted by Jeff Blakely January 5, 10 11:29 PM
87.

Down & bDeath with Iran's dictator islamic rejim

Posted by sasha January 6, 10 01:01 AM
88.

you're putting a lot of people in danger by showing their faces....i agree with it

Posted by یک انسان January 6, 10 01:16 AM
89.

Down with Islamic Dictatorship.

Posted by azar January 6, 10 01:23 AM
90.

Awesome photos, curious though of your gear. What camera/lens are you shooting with? These photos are so very clear!

I want Iran to gain their freedom and have Islam stop running the country, and hopefully they'll stop killing the Christians in the country.

Posted by Joel January 6, 10 01:36 AM
91.

My non-Iranian friends, believe me, we DO know what we want.
We want to establish "The Republic of Iran".

Posted by Kourosh January 6, 10 02:53 AM
92.

Powerful stuff. My favourite, however, is the one with the two guys holding signs saying "Down with the England."

Clearly this struggle isn't about the election anymore, but about democracy.

Posted by V for Vendetta January 6, 10 06:51 AM
93.

Dont give up Iranians ! I see u burn and smash Police, u got the POWER !!!

Posted by FlowPatrol January 6, 10 07:27 AM
94.

Down with dictator
Down with ahmadinejad
Down with khameneyi

love green iran

Posted by farhad January 6, 10 07:29 AM
95.

Hate any form of organised religion, lets hope the civil war will allow to establish a democratic and secular republic!!!! be strong!

Posted by Anna January 6, 10 10:47 AM
96.

We are now obseving another the Middle Ages in the world, but this time in different region, Iran. I'm sure that as the previous the Middle Ages, this period will end up with a Renaissance.

Posted by Cyrus January 6, 10 11:35 AM
97.

down with England!
down with USA!
down with Israel!

That is the focal point for this riot. THEY WANT TO DESTROY WESTERN CULTURE - THEY ARE NOT POLITICAL HEROES! WAKE UP!

Posted by condone January 6, 10 11:37 AM
98.

Great photos.

I hope the people can be free in 2010. I'm no supporter of 'The England' etc. but hope that the people of Iran can determine their fates, and create the state that represents both their aspirations and their religion and culture without the interference of either foreign powers or dictators from within.

Posted by Peach January 6, 10 02:20 PM
99.

@97: You have certainly not been paying attention. The people with those signs are the PRO government. The pictures above depict two different protests. The heroes are the revolutionaries of the green movement.

Make sure you know what you're talking about before posting... your comment gives away your ignorance.

Posted by Joice January 6, 10 02:26 PM
100.

To all who seem to be confused here: These images represent 2 different protests. The first set of images are the anti-government people. The anti-government protesters are NOT against US, England or Israel. The second set of photos is from a government staged demonstration that followed the one by the protesters. Most of the people in the second set of photos (pro-government) were brought into Tehran with buses from other cities and paid to attend. They even offered ice drinks and free sub-way to them to attend.

Posted by Mostafa Heydari January 6, 10 03:14 PM
101.

Pic #9!!!!
If they find you alone and arrest you, no one will ever find you!!
This is the scary part!! And there is no photos to show what will happen!!

Posted by From Iran January 6, 10 04:32 PM
102.

Just following on from the comment about number 21 being photoshopped. Boston, are these pictures cropped or edited for this site because a lot of them seem to be close crops, and in my opinion 21 is a very close crop.

Also, does anyone else think that number 8 is photoshopped? There is blatant haloing on the man in the middle where his back meets the bus.

I think these pictures are amazing and as an iranian who could have been living there had it not been for a twist of fate, I feel pride knowing that the people there are fighting for their freedom and I always wonder if I would have had the guts to join them.

I guess I'll never know, but I do believe that one day, the iranian people will silence the colossus regime once and for all.

Posted by T January 6, 10 04:36 PM
103.

I admire the courage of Iranians fighting for their basic human rights.
The dictators are getting frightened of the power of the people.

Posted by Gordafarin January 6, 10 04:59 PM
104.

Iranian will be proud , Iranian will be exalted !

The Flag of *Lion and Sun* in three colors ( Green , red , white )
will be elate !

The homeland !

IRAN WILL BE FREEEEE !

This means that will be cretain !
I assure you this !
Therefore , Be resistant !

Posted by Civilized Persian January 6, 10 05:23 PM
105.

The civilized world should be in the position to stop such governments that in the XXIst. century act as in the middle ages. Really very sad for these brave citizens of Iran.

Posted by Pilar Méndez Garcia January 6, 10 05:45 PM
106.

I'm from Iran and take part protest during 6 month.

We Iranian young people have a one goals, Freedom!

freedom to select our life, freedom to select our wear, freedom to choose our religion and many other...

this goals in west maybe ordinary, but we in Iran don't have it.

We war in Iran and injure/arrest/die for freedom, so please you in west that have freedom support Iranian people.

Best wishes from Iran for all of you in 2010 and don't forget Iranian.

Posted by Arya January 6, 10 09:19 PM
107.

Iranian women are beautiful!

Posted by Evan Hendry January 6, 10 11:21 PM
108.

all iranian people fight with dictator regime for freedom,this regime raped,tortured and killed 100s people after cheated election when they asked where is our vote?!!

Posted by aria January 7, 10 01:43 AM
109.

@8 sure #15 is powerfull but is it realy the hand of the woman? ;)

Posted by wayne January 7, 10 02:36 AM
110.

Thanx for your really great pictures, I love #15 , #22 and also our leader in #25. Don't forget him(mir hossein), We iranians believe in him.

Posted by koorosh January 7, 10 02:38 AM
111.


I am from the Netherlands and I want to say: "We shall win. One day we shall win freedom, but not only for ourselves. We shall so appeal to your heart and conscience that we shall win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory." --Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted by Heshmat January 7, 10 02:44 AM
112.

Thanks for the high quality photos.
I spend a few weeks in prison after the marred election in Tehran. There I was shown some photos of protesters, similar to what is exhibited here, during my interrogations that were accompanied by physical and mental duress, to tell them if I could recognize any of the people in the photos. Similar story went on with many of the other prisoners. Explicitly putting protesters faces on the internet, jeapardizes them severely. Please at least blur the faces so that they would not be identified.
Many Thanks

Posted by Freedom Fighter January 7, 10 02:50 AM
113.

I am from IRAN we want FREEDOM!
it's our goal. our brutal government just want kill us. protect us plz!

Posted by yalda January 7, 10 02:51 AM
114.

to all people of the world
we are iranian and we fight for freedom
we believe mahmood ahmadi nejad & Ali khamenei are lier and murderer
we want you believe us and respect our war for freedom

Posted by Arash January 7, 10 03:14 AM
115.

We are witnesing the begining of the end,and that is not only the end of islamic republic in Iran,but the end for islam in the land of Iran....

Posted by Anonymous January 7, 10 03:20 AM
116.

my name is saied and i'm from iran,one member of green movement
we will win! we break down islamic republic

Posted by saied January 7, 10 03:20 AM
117.

They believe in their right to be free. To not be oppressed, bullied, and terrorized. The believe in something bigger than what they are and that they can change their fate. Brave souls they are, fighting regardless of personal safety, incarceration, or even death.

Wasn't this country founded on the same principles? Aren't they fighting for what we have here? Washington needs to support this movement and they need to do it publicly.

Bringing peace and stability in the area can start in Iran...if there is help.

Posted by Texas January 7, 10 03:56 AM
118.

I think 19 and 20 are, in a way, beautiful. Nothing says this is a peaceful movement more than the opposition helping and guarding the injured security forces. That is what separates peaceful civil disobedience from rioting: a kind of love, I suppose.

Posted by Ted January 7, 10 04:00 AM
119.

Please avoid publishing photos of the protesrters on witch they are recognizable.
The iranian governments uses these photos on one of it's sites, called "Gerdab", for public denouncement, in order to find their adress and arrest them.
have a look here : http://www.gerdab.ir/fa/pages/?cid=422

Posted by Robert January 7, 10 10:57 AM
120.

#97 - That picture is from the Pro-Government rally, not from the Opposition protests. Try reading the captions.

Posted by molly January 7, 10 03:03 PM
121.

It is really interesting that you begin and end this series with photos of women. Why did you decide to do this?

Posted by Eileen January 7, 10 03:11 PM
122.

Great pictures....................It is not correct to assume all religions are for the betterment of the human race?

Why, then..........in the namef God, because there is only ONE GOD for all, the civilized countries don't stop the murdering in the name of GOD

Posted by Fernando Concha January 7, 10 03:34 PM
123.

It's OVER mollah's its time to go

Posted by friend January 7, 10 07:26 PM
124.

I thought it most interesting that the "pro" (winkwinknudgenudge) were primarily the older people.. and the ones pushing for change were the younger group. Out of touch vs world aware? Sounds a lot like a certain country that starts with U. and ends with S.A.

Posted by Marc January 7, 10 10:34 PM
125.

its really amazing and now all the people of different nations will know that the persian people are not terrorists and the real terrorist is their government which kills people and then says:we are from GOD and we just want to bring you peace and Islam,God knows that the are lying.God will save Iran's people...

Posted by A reasonable man January 8, 10 07:58 AM
126.

The riot police officers are the gestapo of Iran

Posted by monlith January 8, 10 10:32 AM
127.

Sweat cry for freedom embded in blood of beloved young and old protesters. I always pusue the news from Iran with a pair of tearful eyes and a smile of my face at the same time... They are doing the right thing, and they try to pay the least possible. Non violent movement despite terror, execution, and detainment. What a sophisticated movement, what a marvelous social network...
Iranian government, in a very wicked move, has started accusing the protesters of Ashoura day with a serious national crime of which the sentence would be absoloutely DEATH penalty. This notorious gesture that is taken just to frighten greens might get to virtue if the world stays SCILENT.

Posted by Collin January 8, 10 07:58 PM
128.

" many Basiji forces are coming from very poor backgrounds both financially and culturally."

Like italian's Carabinieri...
Carramba y carrambita!

Posted by myself January 8, 10 08:26 PM
129.

thanks for the mail and I want to read in future please forward for me in future

Posted by samararjiwa January 9, 10 12:37 AM
130.

PLEASE ALWAYS Blur Faces a Little..

Thanksssss For These Nice Photos :) Loved them :X

Posted by Amir January 10, 10 09:33 AM
131.

To anyone who suggests disabling comments: I think there may be a benefit in having moderators, but I learn just as much from the comments left by people as from the images. Open forum allows everyone to understand the views of others who look at these images, and see different opinions on it.

You don't have to look at the comments if you don't want to, but I think it is good to know how others see an issue in order to have an understanding of all sides. This always helps me to form a stronger personal opinion.

Posted by Just Want to Learn January 10, 10 01:14 PM
132.

I've visited Iran last year! Great country! Kind people, beautiful women, amaizing cities, amaizing lanscapes! A country worth to visit, before CIA put their hand on it: spliting the country and make mulah to history (as Brzinsky once said). Im sad, because I know Iran will be a victim of a American foreing policy (because of oil, caspian sea, an future pipeline that must go through Iran).

Posted by Alexander Pieri January 10, 10 10:13 PM
133.

Why do people still use the violence to fill in their everyday life? Why don"t
they sit and talk pescefulyy and live together in harmony. People always make their own problems.Why don"t people enjoy the peaceful life.?. May Allah always lead us to the right path.

Posted by siswondho January 10, 10 10:32 PM
134.

thanks a lot

Posted by A January 11, 10 01:05 PM
135.

i'm from iran. my english is limitted sorry for that , but i hope i can say what i want to say to you.
great thanks to you all that undeestanding us and thinking about us. writing about us and reading about us ...really i got a good and very nice feeling when i saw your ideas. some times i see some people think that iranian people are arab but its isn't true. arabians attacked iran about 1400 years ago. they distroyed everything in iran as iran's calture , books persian languge and our nice last religion. since that time we became muslem but then we changed islam as we want....we always have had problem with arabian countries..... and now some parts of government in iran that is very powerfull ask us to live and think as 1400 years ago but we will not accept. would you please study iran's history and please don't forget us. atleast you can follow news and put comments and say to others. thank you again.

Posted by green January 11, 10 02:01 PM
136.

down with khamenei

Posted by sara January 11, 10 07:16 PM
137.

As an iranian i am very glad to see that here by net peoples can explain
their ideas we have not liberty of expression since 31 years ego
ever since 1400 years ego when arabs atacked iran under islam

Posted by Anonymous January 12, 10 04:13 PM
138.

shame on US and england

Posted by niki January 13, 10 04:47 AM
139.

Amazing Photo.
The photographer has taken enormous risk.

Posted by Anonymous January 13, 10 06:49 AM
140.

I'm British, I grew up in Iran. I don't believe any dictator will be able to hold down a people with the inner beauty, cultivation, humour, and, let's face it, guile, as the Iranians for long. If there isn't a way through, there will be a way around. It's written in Iranian history. Good luck to you all

Posted by Robin January 13, 10 11:38 AM
141.

seeing this happening makes me feel pretty cozy here in the states. it's humbling to see how good we have it here

Posted by Rin January 14, 10 03:20 AM
142.

It's a desaster and really appalling.

Posted by Anonymous January 19, 10 10:08 AM
143.

Feel pity for the Policemen

Posted by Abhi January 22, 10 10:13 AM
144.

In 1979 students at the University of Tehran, after tremendous brainwashing by the British on the virtues of socialism, along with help from Jimmy Carter, the US Department of State, the French and the Soviets, succeeded in ousting the Shah from Iran. He was branded a tyrant and a dictator because he brought Iran, kicking and screaming, into the modern century. You paid scant attention to ancient history and the ravages that bare-footed Arabs had subjected Iran to. You decided to forget the fact that Iran was once Zoroastrian. Those of you who participated in that so-called "Islamic" revolution wanted the Shah replaced by the exponents of the Islamic faith. Well, you got your wish. It is ironical to see those same people, who were in their 20s in 1979, take to the street again in their 50s, to protest against a regime they had helped to establish. What goes around...........comes around!!

Posted by Anonymous January 22, 10 04:06 PM
145.

I think freedom for the big doors open for human right let them reunion with their family no coruptions or you should following like the USA. is the great country for lives.

Posted by Anonymous January 22, 10 09:17 PM
146.

I LOVE these pictures!
#10 shows how moronic the Islamic 'police' are.
#12 is just hilarious.
and #17 just just plain embarrassing for the dictators pawns.

Keep at them anti-government protesters, its only a matter of time until common sense prevails.

+1 for Boston.com

Posted by Jonathan January 24, 10 01:10 AM
147.

I admire the courage of Iranians fighting for their basic human rights.
The dictators are getting frightened of the power of the people.

Posted by chloe January 26, 10 10:35 AM
148.

marg bar diktator

Posted by hassan February 24, 10 06:49 PM
149.

The opposition protesters need to unanimously cry out day and night to God to go before them in their struggle for freedom; He is able to mightily work miracles and to topple arrogant tyrants and to help and protect those who seek Him. Those who murder in the name of God neither know Him nor follow Him; they worship an idol - a false god - one of their own creation. The prayers of my heart will be for those brave souls in Iran and their cause for freedom from an all-controlling government; my prayers will be especially for those whose faces are exposed and could possibly be identified.

We here in the USA need to stay vigilant and resist the progressive socialist / communist takeover of our individual freedoms by those who are sabotaging our God-given Constitutional rights in the name of collectivist progress. Oppressive governments will ALWAYS trample on the lives of individuals who want their freedoms, and we have enjoyed freedom here in the USA - ONLY because of those who have fought for liberty.

المعارضة يحتاج معترضات أن بشكل إجماعيّ صرخت خارجا يوم وليل إلى إلهة أن يذهب قبل هم في كفاحهم لحرية; هو يمكن أن بشدّة عملت معجزات وأن يطيح يتفخّر [ترنت] وأن يساعد وحميت أنّ الذي يبحثه. يعرفه أنّ الذي يقتل باسم إلهة لا ولا يتبعه; هم يعبدون معبودة - إلهة زائفة - واحدة من هم خاصّة خلق. سيكون الصلوات من قلبي ل أنّ أرواح شجاعة في إيران وسببهم لحرية من [ألّ-كنترولّينغ] حكومة; سيكون صلواتي خصوصا ل أنّ الذي وجوه يكون عرضت واستطاع من المحتمل كنت عيّنت.
يحتاج نحن هنا في ال [أوسا] أن يبقى حذرة وقاومت التقدّميّة اشتراكيّة/إستيلاء شيوعيّة من حرياتنا فرديّة ب أنّ الذي يكون يخرب نا [غد-جفن] حقوق دستوريّة باسم [كلّكتيفيست] تقدم. سيدوس حكومات ظالمة دائما على الحيوات الفردات الذي يريد حرياتهم, ونحن قد استمتعنا حرية هنا في ال [أوسا] - فقط بسبب أنّ الذي قد تنازع لحرية.

Posted by California Mama Bear April 22, 10 04:48 PM
150.

ashura riot is just in the tehran

but

millions of irianian condem their act after the ashura the green movment is just in tehran but iran consist of 31 province and more tahn 400 city

Posted by Atbin July 5, 10 12:59 PM
151.

Thugs' regime will soon be overthrown by the people who have fought fascism and U.S. Imperialism since 1950, then the truth about bestiality and crimes of Pirates of Persian Gulf will come out.

Posted by Ahmad Tavassoli November 13, 10 01:52 PM
152.

I 'm just wandering if all the people that clam that the elections were rigged are awar that since the elections, there have been 3 independant polls conducted via Telephone in Iran. One of the polls was conducted by World Public Opinion in late August of 2009. More resently a poll was carried out by the International peace institute. There was also a poll cunducted by Terror free Tomarrow before the elections. All the polls consistently Showed that Ahmadinejad had a lead over Mir Hossain mousavi of close to 2 to 1, verry close to the official results and nothing like what the Opposition claimed! It should also be known that Officially Mir Hossain Mousavi did beat Ahmadinejad in Tehran but lost to Ahmadinejad overall. Makes me wander how can green movement supporters in Tehran claim that thier votes were stolen when in fact thier candidate had Officially won the vote in Tehran?
I know that some will claim that the poll results i have mentioned are not to be trusted due to the "climate of fear and intimidation" that exists in Iran. My question to those people is if the poll results are not reflective of the situation in Iran then how are they all so similar to the official vote count and Tehran University polls?

Posted by Bahram January 4, 11 03:26 AM
153.

The other indipendant poll that I forgot to mention was in the post above was Globescan.

Posted by Bahram January 9, 11 02:18 PM
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