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Basij Militia Units Flex Muscles In Tehran

Iran's Basij militia wants to be prepared for any public protests in Tehran.
Iran's Basij militia wants to be prepared for any public protests in Tehran.
Concerned about the spillover of the Arab Spring into Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the guardian of the clerical regime, is making a concerted effort to prepare its forces for possible unrest in the country, particularly in Tehran.

In so doing, the Mohammad Rasulollah Division, a crack unit of the IRGC responsible for the security of greater Tehran, has staged major exercises for Basij militias in the capital.

Over 31,000 members of the Basij militia's Imam Ali Battalions are taking part in the exercises. The members of these battalions are specially trained to violently control, disperse, and arrest civilian protesters.

Motorcyclists armed with clubs and other means of inflicting injuries to protesters, as shown during the unrest after the 2009 disputed presidential election, are part and parcel of these battalions.

Addressing the participating battalions in the exercises on October 7, IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said, "The IRGC and Basij forces are ready to counter any threat against the country by learning from past experiences."

Reflecting on recent political developments in Arab countries, the general said that popular uprisings in the Arab world heralded the beginning of a new era in the region.

Praising the "selflessness and effective actions" of the Basij militia after the 2009 unrest, Jafari told the battalions that the general public was aware of the "seditionary acts" in 2009 -- a reference to the unrest that erupted after President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's disputed reelection.

Saying that the nature of threats facing the Islamic republic was changing, he urged the Basij forces to defend the revolution, maintain domestic security, and draw the attention of as many people as possible to the revolution.

-- Hossein Aryan

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by: Bill Webb from: Phoenix AZ
October 09, 2011 18:27
There's a pretty stark contrast between how protesters are treated in the USA and the Islamic Republic.They should be ashamed of themselves for controlling the population with brute forcce.
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by: Sey from: World
October 10, 2011 07:18
That's because protests in the US and the Islamic Republic, and pretty much all of the non-Western world, are also starkly different.

I would like to see the day the Americans heavily protest what they consider are rigged election results (whatever they are) or move for an "American Spring" scenario, taking to the streets to take part in massive demonstrations, paralyzing most of the country, and asking for the toppling of the American political administration (whatever it is).

I would like to see how police/security forces/ the military treats them under such circumstances...

Do not compare things that are starkly different, for they show starkly different realities
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by: Sassan from: Orange County, CA
October 10, 2011 09:13
Thanks Bill for your comments. I am confident that we will get rid of this illegal regime as long as the international community stand side-by-side with the Iranian people when we soon rise again - the time will come and this time the U.S. and the free world need to stand with the Iranian people; who demand true secular democracy.

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