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June 23, 2009

Turning Tide #1: Controlling the Streets

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One sign that the hardline Iranian government has reasserted control in Tehran is that the flow of independent images has been reduced to a trickle. That, and the theme of many photos yesterday involved the government — in combinations of regular police, riot police and Basij militia — controlling intersections and squares.

The first photo above, featured in a Times Online slideshow, was clearly taken cautiously and at a distance. The caption states that Iranian riot police and Basij volunteer militia are on patrol in Tehran. The second photo…


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shows a policeman backed up by a riot policeman. (I can’t account for the guy on the motorcycle.)

Here are two more images of the security blanket: (1, 2).

(images: distributed by AFP/Getty Images)

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