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IRANIANS CLAMP DOWN ON NET AS UNREST GROWS

15-06-2009

The Iranian authorities have moved to clamp down on unrest following the re-election of President Ahmadinejad by jamming mobile phones and clamping down on the internet. Unconfirmed reports suggest a massacre by the army at Teheran University.

Despite the official news blackout, some amazing footage is still emerging of the protests which have erupted since details of the poll result first emerged

There is also an active stream of news emerging on Twitter which in at least one case has proved more reliable than the BBC’s Persian Service which incorrectly reported that a rally at 4pm today in support of failed leadership challenger Mousavi had been cancelled.

By their nature, these online reports are sketchy and can’t be verified, but they do have the air of authenticity.

One report suggests there are “non-official” armed forces working on the streets to harass protestors; they are not riot police but are armed and apparently dangerous.

Other pictures sent from Teheran University purport to show victims of a massacre of students by troops although this can not be independently authenticated.

Various roads in the capital have been blocked, and it is clear that many people in the country do not accept the election result.

More details as we have them; but to follow events as they unfold we recommend you sign up for twitter.com, then follow the iranelection thread in the trending topics on the right hand column.

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