Despite the heavy use of force by the Basij militia and the Revolutionary Guards to disperse a procession of protesters in Teheran on the afternoon of June 20,2009, the protesters, who have been forced to disperse into small groups, continue to be defiant. They are now calling their protest as a fight against Fascism and have called upon the people to join the fight to liberate the country from the control of theFascists. It is not clear whether Mir Housain Mousavi, whose defeat by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the Presidential elections on June 12, triggered off the mass protests, is participating in the demonstrations or has gone underground. Some Tweets say he is with the protesters; others allege he has been "silenced". It is not clear what is meant by that.
2. Some of the latest Tweets from Iran are given below. The time of origin is not clear:
Tonight to the streets - for freedom.
Today the world can see why we want our freedom from fascists.
Dawn is upon us - Allah Akbar - Let us pray together today.
The world must not watch us - you must all join us wherever you are.
Confirmed - Mousavi - SATURDAY is a big day for fighting fascists.
Confirmed - Mousavi - SATURDAY 4pm Enghelab Sq - HISTORY will be watching us.
People of the world - Today Saturday 20 June 2009 - Iran will again make HISTORY.
Khatami - It is the time of Twilight - but I LOVE THE DAWN - Sea of Green.
EU condemns threats of Ayatollah Khamenei.
Shirin Ebadi - Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate - condemns harsh treatment of protesters in Iran.
Iranian scholars and uni Professors write joint letter to Secretary General of UN condemning violation of Iran Human Rights.
Karoubi - Recognize the will of the nation and void the 10th Presidential Elections to return order to the country.
Karoubi - As a former political prisoner who was tortured I know that insulting a nation will turn them into a raging fire.
Advice - remove sim and use mobile to film ANY violence or attak against Sea of Green.
Advice - your location can be identified from mobile signal - delete all sms after sending in case u are arrested.
58 scholars & lawyers condemn the recent killings & arrests in Iran as illegal.
Of course Mousavi has been silenced - but he has not yet been arrested - today everybody was silenced!
Confirmed - sms text messaging is working again in Iran after 1 week of disconnection.
Mir Hossein Mousavi is safe and well - preparing for tomorrow - Sea of Green.
Tehran is alive with the Sea of Green.
Confirmed - IRIB.ir - HACKED - Dos Dos Dos Dos.
Please join Mousavi, Khatami and Karoubi Sat 4pm Enghelab Sq. to Azadi Sq. Tehran for a crucial green protest.
Mousavi - confirmed - show support for Sea of Green from balcony starting 9pm to midnight tonight .
Mousavi - Confirmed - calls for ALL the nation to stand on balconys TONIGHT and show support with 'Allah Akbar'.
Confirmed - 2 student activist arrested - Alirezah Khshbakht & Zahra Toheedi .
Mehdi Karoubi letter to National Security Council.
Confirmed - Shahab Talebani has been arrested . (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 )