On June 24, the Iranian regime learned a, to them ominous, lesson. The protests continued in the face of savage brutality from the ruling mullahs. Atlas Shrugs has first rate coverage here. Gateway Pundit here has been on top of this story from day one. Ed Morrissey has coverage here of what happened when protesters march on the Parliament building in Tehran today:
“Security forces wielding clubs and firing weapons beat back demonstrators who flocked to a Tehran square Wednesday to continue protests, with one witness saying security forces beat people like “animals.”
At least two sources described wild and violent conditions at a part of Tehran where protesters had planned to demonstrate. “They were waiting for us,” the source said. “They all have guns and riot uniforms. It was like a mouse trap.” “I see many people with broken arms, legs, heads — blood everywhere — pepper gas like war,” the source said.About “500 thugs” with clubs came out of a mosque and attacked people in the square, another source said. The security forces were “beating women madly” and “killing people like hell,” the source said.”
A good report on today’s developments here at Pajamas TV.
The Iranian regime, unbelievably tone deaf, is attempting to distract the population with a Lord of the Rings Marathon.
Dale Price at Dyspeptic Mutterings has some practical suggestions here as to how we can help the Iranian resistance.
So the protesters are continuing to have the courage to go out in the streets and the regime is now in stop-them-and-we-don’t-care-how-mode. What does it mean?
1. This is taking too long for the Iranian regime. A regime that rules by force needs to stop any revolutionary movement immediately once that movement hits the streets. You take too long and a lot of people begin to wonder if maybe the impossible might happen and the regime falls.
2. The Shia, the predominant Islamic faction in Iran, have a long tradition of honoring martyrs. The Iranian regime is handing the people of Iran daily new martyrs to venerate.
3. The Iranian regime is trying its best to blame the unrest on foreigners. Reports indicate that most Iranians are not buying this for a second.
4. Friday could be key. As the Iranians go off to their mosques on that day, it would take little for mass riots to begin, especially if a lot of ordinary Iranians have reached the point where they are simply more fed up than they are scared.
5. Women are playing an important up front role in the Iranian resistance. Scenes of regime thugs beating these women and murdering them will be certain to stir a pot of hatred that has been simmering for years as the Iranian regime has treated the women of Iran as fifth class citizens.
6. Every day that this goes on is a bad day for the Iranian regime. Right now their only idea of how to stop the protesters is to drown them in blood. If the Iranian dissidents have the courage to keep coming out on the streets, and I can only marvel at that degree of courage, they are going to win this.
Update: Ahmadinejad snubbed by a majority of the Iranian parliament per Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. This could be very significant. My guess is that they are very unwilling to associate themselves with a regime that may be in its death throes.