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June 21st, 2009
11:43 PM ET

Facing Off Against the Basij

It's one thing for CNN to explain what we're seeing in disturbing video come out of Iran. Getting firsthand accounts of what is happening on the ground, however, is incredibly dangerous. Ordinary Iranians are sending us photos, video and calling CNN at great personal risk. So we're protecting their identities as best we can. A student known to us only as "Mohammed" spoke by phone with CNN's Don Lemon about hundreds of people clashing with the feared militia known as the Basij, and why this moment in history is so important to his generation.

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  1. kathy cohn

    just wanted you to know that I really appreciate your Iran coverage. You are doing a wonderful service.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  2. JNH

    Recently I feel like I am watching a History Channel rerun of film taken in Germany during the rise of Hitler ... when the world stood by doing nothing so long that millions of people died in then long-run. Hopefully, we learned enough not to let history repeat itself this time.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:35 am |
  3. Charles Montagne

    Your report of the Iranian "news" conference did a disservice. The actual speaker had a high, squeaky, and nervous voice, while your translator had a deep and calm voice.

    Those who support the murder of innocent young women should not be favorably portrayed.

    June 22, 2009 at 2:37 am |
  4. Arash

    president Obama must make a decision as if he wants to be politically correct or make a connection with the people of Iran,
    this is the most impotent movement of this decade, it will change the the region and the whole world in both short and long term for better or worst. worst being an stronger fascist regime run by Khameni and Ahmadinegah

    June 22, 2009 at 4:43 am |
  5. tony san antonio

    we iranian americans appreciate cnn coverage of the events in iran, is it really important to constantley wave the regims's flag in the background?

    June 22, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  6. ali

    Mr wolfowitz is ignorante person .he does not know,moosavi is first step to exercise their rights to freedom.this administration is more ignorante than the bush one.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  7. Sebastian

    What I really would like to see the U.S. do, is to figure out a way to stop Lebanese Hezbollah militia that have been taken to Iran to fight against the protesters and freedom fighters. We keep saying we want to fight terrorism, so here's our chance. The Iranian people can handle the the rest.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  8. Richard

    You have techies. Have them setup TOR bridges/servers then send the IP's to your trusted I-Reporters in Iran. Help them get their info to you.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  9. Michael Martinez

    This is in memory of Neda: May Neda's martyrdom inspire the Iranians to bring about the change that the masses want. May democracy be brought to all those who want freedom, and freedom be brought to all those who are oppressed. I am a Christian, but like the Muslims chanting from rooftops in the Tehran night, I do say: GOD IS GREAT!!!! And may God give the Iranians what they want in the most peaceful way possible.

    June 22, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  10. Parisa

    Don: Please read this ...Please

    People in Iran need help, not only from US, but from all the other countries. Did Obama and his fellow allies see Neda? Neda had the chance to be seen, but what about many other young Iranian who were not just seen by anybody?

    Obama : remember US removed a democratic government in Iran in 1953, and now you are refusing to help form democracy in Iran in 2009, in futile hope of possible later negotiating with some brutal regime over nuclear issues. If this regime is gone, it doesn't matter if they see you as meddling, you're not meddling, you're helping humanity, freedom. Don't be politician, ,be a human!

    Iranian people were happy when you were elected, they hoped for change, show them this! Don't let Obama be remembered only as an eloquent man who did nothing. I've heard many of my friends saying now they prefer McCain or Bush over you!

    Your policies (sanctions, etc...) already are just paralyzing people, not the government who enjoys oil money, help my country!

    June 23, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  11. Stan Matuska

    I am just shocked, and like most, the reality hasn't set in.

    I wish life had given him in return what he had given to life.

    We grieve for our loss, but I am happy that Michael Jackson FINALLY has no worries about his health, his finances, his fans, his foes, his anxieties and his comeback tour.

    RIP Michael, something you haven't been able do to your entire life – you may be gone, but you will never be forgotten...

    June 26, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  12. hasna

    Michael jackson is the iconic figure of our lifetime. I came to the US from Morocco to live the American dream that Michael Jackson inspired me to dream at about 9 years old, needless to say he changed my life forever.

    Michael embodied the possibility of dreaming and achieving. He was the soundtrack to many lives, his dancing was like a dream and we all felt like we' ve been on the moon dancing.

    Michael Jackson also embodied a generous soul who cared deeply about all of us around the globe. He always wanted to show us hope, love and oneness. We will always keep his legacy alive by dancing to his angelic melodies. Michael, we love you forever.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:07 am |

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