My Way News - Defiant Tehran protesters battle police
On the streets, witnesses said some protesters also shouted "Death to Khamenei!" - another sign of once unthinkable challenges to the authority of the successor of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of the Islamic Revolution.The increasing shift from protesters denouncing Ahamenijad to denouncing Khamenei is a curious evolution in Iran. Mousavi has no desire to upend the Islamic Republic, but the protest movement is drifting closer to exactly that. Will Mousavi keep the protesters more or less unified in a single cohesive movement, or as this escalates does it become a factionalized conflict, with several groups waging war on each other?A statement on Mousavi's Web site said he and his supporters were not seeking to confront their "brothers" among Iran's security forces or the "sacred system" that preserves the country's freedom and independence.
"We are confronting deviations and lies. We seek to bring reform that returns us to the pure principals of the Islamic Republic," it said.
At the same time, is Khamanei strong enough to seize the opportunity that would present if the protest movement were to bifurcate itself, squelching protest pockets opportunistically and thus squeezing the oxygen out of the movement?
This could be a civil war that nobody wins.