June 12, 2011 – The streets of Tehran were flooded with security forces in anticipation of the planned “silent protests” marking the 2nd anniversary of the rigged election that brought Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a second term as President of Iran. The Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope, had called on protesters to march silently along Vali-Asr street and make their way to Vali-Asr Square.
Their are many reports that thousands of people were on Vali-Asr street trying to make their way to the Square. The presence of security forces along the route was massive. There were also reports of several clashes and many arrests. The security forces harrassed and videotaped people as they walked along the protest route. Most shops along the way had been forced to close, along with the two large theatres in the area (Africa and Palestine). Large contingents of Basij motorcycle units were patrolling the area and harassing, intimidating and arresting protestors.
Here you can see an extremely large contingent of security forces gathered on a small section of Vali-Asr street and the motorcycle units riding up on the sidewalk through protestors in an attempt to intimidate them.
Here, a contingent of Basij motorcycle patrols head to Vanak Square.
Massive security and many people on the streets
Protestors marching on Vali-Asr street
Cars at various points on Vali-Asr Avenue honking their horns to show their solidarity with the protesters.
Security forces stationed near bus pickup/dropoff locations to frighten and intimidate riders to not depart the bus in this location.
Here, a very large contingent of Basij on motorcycles