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June 22nd, 2009
11:17 PM ET
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09:48 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 06/22/09

Tonight on 360°, we'll have the latest details on the deadly subway collision in Washington, DC. At least six people have been killed.

Want to know what else we're covering tonight? Read EVENING BUZZ

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
June 22nd, 2009
09:46 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Deadly Subway Collision

At least six people were killed when two subway trains collided near Washington, a Metro representative said.

At least six people were killed when two subway trains collided near Washington, a Metro representative said.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

We're following breaking news out of Washington, DC where two Metro subway trains have collided killing at least six people and injuring at least 76 others. One of the dead was the operator of one of the trains.

The accident happened during the evening rush hour on the Red Line in the District of Columbia, near the border with Takoma Park, Maryland.  We'll have the latest details on the crash.

We're also following new developments from Iran. There were more protests in Tehran today with riot police and the pro-government Basij milita confronting demonstrators. A vigil was to be held in memory of Neda, a young woman whose death was caught on camera over the weekend. Tonight, we'll have the latest on her murder. See how Neda has become a symbol of the struggle in Iran

And, we'll have raw politics of the uprising. There are calls for Pres. Obama to take action. Do you think he should? Sound off below.

And, in South Carolina the governor has disappeared. Vanished. No one has reportedly spoken with Mark Sanford since Thursday. Not even his wife or children. Not even on Father's Day.

Join us for all this and more starting at 10pm ET. See you then!


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
June 22nd, 2009
08:41 PM ET
June 22nd, 2009
05:33 PM ET

How Neda divided my family

People tend to a woman called Neda as she lies on the street.

People tend to a woman called Neda as she lies on the street.

Telmah Parsa
For The Daily Beast

Last night I watched a disturbing video clip that has captivated Iranians and audiences around the world:

On a backstreet, a girl in her twenties, wearing blue jeans and white sneakers, is shot. The bullet has apparently pierced her chest. She collapses to the ground as a few men rush to help her and apply pressure to her gunshot wound. A man tells her: “Natars”—Farsi for “Don’t be scared.” Suddenly, out of her mouth and nostrils blood gushes forth. Then her eyes lose their focus and her head bends towards the camera. By now her face is soaked with blood. The same man who had told the girl not to be afraid now shouts: “Neda, bemoon!”—“Neda, stay with me!”

But Neda cannot stay. She dies.

Iran’s constitution has no Second Amendment. Only the state’s officials are allowed to bear arms. Neda was killed by a member of Basij paramilitary forces Saturday in Tehran. The video clip of her murder has circulated widely, turning Neda into a rallying cry for many struggling in the streets. (CNN ran the video in a pixilated version because of its graphic nature.)

Read more...


Filed under: 360° Radar • Iran
June 22nd, 2009
05:04 PM ET

Iranian protestor pleads for U.S., world to intervene

A picture obtained on June 21, 2009 shows Iranian riot police on a street of Tehran on June 20, 2009.

A picture obtained on June 21, 2009 shows Iranian riot police on a street of Tehran on June 20, 2009.

CNN

An Iranian student protestor in Tehran made a passionate plea for help from the world community this morning in a phone call to CNN’s “American Morning.”

For safety reasons, CNN can only identify the student by his first name, Mohammed. He’s been a part of the protests and a target of the violence there. Below is an edited transcript of the interview.

John Roberts: What is the scene like on the streets? Are there more demonstrators out there on the streets? Or is it much quieter than it has been in recent days?

Mohammed: Hello. Actually I participated in Saturday’s demonstrations in parts of Tehran. What I saw, I saw thousands of security officers that tried to break up the crowd. They used canisters and batons and water cannons against us. They attacked us. And we also in response attacked them. We attacked them by throwing stones. And we built trenches in the streets…

Keep reading...


Filed under: 360° Radar • Iran
June 22nd, 2009
05:00 PM ET

On Tehran streets, echoes of 1979 Iranian revolution

Editor's Note: David Fitzpatrick was a producer for CBS News based in London during the Iranian revolution and hostage taking crisis.  He spent 26 years at CBS News before joining CNN in 2001

Image obtained on June 21 shows Iranian riot police blocking protesters on a street of Tehran on June 20.

Image obtained on June 21 shows Iranian riot police blocking protesters on a street of Tehran on June 20.

David Fitzpatrick
CNN Special Investigations Unit

The events playing out on the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities offer an eerie mirror image of the revolution that brought the Ayatollah Khomeni to power in 1979.

Protestors are surging through the streets, international governments are unsure how or even if they should act and Iranian politics are as difficult as ever to decipher from abroad.

There is also another constant that is clear over the course of three decades: the ability of the authoritarian Iranian government to close down international journalists at the precise moment when objective observation of stark events on the ground is needed the most.

I know. I was in Tehran and other Iranian cities for months in 1979 and 1980. I was part of a very large contingent of international broadcast journalists allowed into the country just as the American hostages were being taken at the U.S. Embassy.

There seemed to be no limit on the amount of personnel we were allowed to bring in.  For CBS News, where I worked, I think we had close to 50 people brought in from England (where I was based), the U.S., Germany, France and nearly every other international bureau where CBS News had set up shop.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • David Fitzpatrick • Iran
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