"Be prepared for martyrdom"
That is the message Mir Housain Mousavi, the leader of the Iranian protesters, has tweeted to his followers after the heavy use of force by the Basij militia and the Revolutionary Guards on peaceful protesters in Tehran on the afternoon of June 20. Latest Tweets from Iran claim there have been many casualties and that the hospitals are finding it difficult to cope with them. Some of the latest Tweets are given below:
Sodium metabisulfite Na2S2O5 mixed with water (5% solution) cures CS tear gas. Wash eyes with solution
Hospital source - Tehran hospitals report hundreds of casualties.
Advice - Tear Gas - cover mouth/nose - remove gased clothes immedietly - wash face and inside mouth/eyes/nose with water fast.
Unconfirmed - The Army will not follow orders to kill the people -
People of Iran - be ready to take people from the streets tonight and give protection -
Tehran is burning with the blood of our Martyrs - The streets are full of dead -
Mousavi speaking to supporters in the street NOW -
Mousavi - declares results of 10th Presidential Election null and void -
Today is the day of rekoning - the day of GHIAMAAT - Allah Akbar -
Helicopters pouring acid on people from the sky -
Mousavi - Confirmed - I have prepared for martyrdom -
Tonight to the streets - for freedom - ( 20-6-09)
( The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai. E-mail: email@example.com )