23 June 2009

Video: Iran Election Crisis: 9 Incredible YouTube Videos

20 06 2009 - It’s no secret that social media’s played an important – maybe even historic – role in the Iran election protests that have swept the nation into discord and disarray. Many social media companies have made a contribution towards opening the flow of communication within and out of Iran, YouTube included.

Thousands of Iran-related videos are being uploaded to YouTube every day, revealing first-hand accounts of the crisis to the world. Some are incredible, some are eye-opening, and other shock you to your very core. We’ve included ten of these incredible videos, in a chronological order that helps provide context to the crisis in Iran. Be prepared, for these videos can evoke some very strong emotions:

1. Saturday, June 13th

This was one of the first Iran election protests videos to be spread around the web. Translate, the video’s title is “Saturday 23 June.” In actuality, this video was taken on Saturday, June 13th in what we believe to be Tehran.

2. June 13th: Riot in tehran streets after election day

This now well-known video has over 400,000 views. You can see the green masks of the Mousavi movement onn clear display.

3. June 13th: BBC – Protest against Iran election results

The BBC was on top of the Iran crisis. This popular video is an incredible on-the-ground report.

4. June 14th: Iranians protest against election results, police intervene

This is one of the first videos that shows the police getting involved in breaking up the crowds that formed not long after the elections. There are cries, screaming, running, burning wreckage, and many angry citizens.

5. June 14th: Iran Election Protest in Paris

The protests have not just been inside of Iran. There have been demonstrations in cities across the world in support of Mousavi’s Green Movement. This well-produced video comes out of Paris.

6. June 17: Protesting in Silence – Tehran


7. June 19th: Poem for the Rooftops of Iran

From the video’s description: “A woman speaking about the state of her country while filming the rooftop shouting of “Allah-o Akbar” in Iran on Friday June 19th”

The poem and the background noise make this video evoke emotions that are unlike most of the other videos coming out of Iran.

8. June 20: Wounded Girl Dying [GRAPHIC CONTENT] - Neda

WARNING: The following video is very graphic, disturbing, and involves the death of an Iranian woman.

DO NOT WATCH unless you feel capable AND are old enough.

image Warning: this video is extremely graphic and troubling. Viewer discretion is strongly advised – if you’re at all uncomfortable with violent scenes, you should not view it. Please also view the description below, and be aware that the clip is absolutely unsuitable for minors.

We remind you that we include this clip because we believe in free access to information, however unpleasant: your decision to view it is entirely your own.

The video has now been picked up by, USAToday’s On Deadline blog and Sky News. An LATimes blog, meanwhile, claims it is “becoming a rallying symbol for opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.” In all, Google News counts 26 news articles mentioning Neda at the time of writing. Thousands of blogs have commented on the clip.

Among the myriad Tweets and Facebook messages, could it be that a YouTube video becomes the galvanizing moment in Iran’s troubled election? And as some outlets declare this the “Twitter revolution“, did they overlook the power of online video to shape world events?

At 19:05 June 20th
Place: Karekar Ave., at the corner crossing Khosravi St. and Salehi st.

A young woman who was standing aside with her father watching the protests was shot by a basij member hiding on the rooftop of a civilian house. He had clear shot at the girl and could not miss her. However, he aimed straight her heart. I am a doctor, so I rushed to try to save her. But the impact of the gunshot was so fierce that the bullet had blasted inside the victim’s chest, and she died in less than 2 minutes.
The protests were going on about 1 kilometers away in the main street and some of the protesting crowd were running from tear gass used among them, towards Salehi St.

9. June 20th: Tehran Tazahorat

You can’t help but be amazed by the sheer number of people in the streets. THis video has been passed around a lot recently in social circles, and for good reason. It’s incredible, just like all of the videos here.

Iran is a nation in chaos, and as we monitor the situation, we must realize that social tools provide us with unfettered access to the situation.

Sometimes, that access can be disturbing. The flip side though is that we can truly know what’s going on in Iran. This way, we really stay informed.


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