June 17th, 2009
09:46 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 06/17/09

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Tonight on 360°, we're looking at the big question on many minds: Is Iran collapsing? Another major protest expected any moment now over last week's presidential election. There are still reports that the baton wielding paramilitary is attacking protesters. We'll have the latest from Tehran.

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  1. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! Happy Wednesday.
    I hope the silent demonstrations will signal an end to the violence of the past several days.
    –It's great that you are able to report what is really going on in Iran–in spite of the restrictions.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  2. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    im terrified for the people in Iran right now. im so glad my aunt and her family are all in Cali.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  3. Maulik

    Why can't President Obama come out and say the US supports the PEOPLE of Iran?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  4. Jeremy Morris-Dallas

    Hi everyone! This is mis-use of Religion. For sure God for whom they do claim to give them wisdom to lead is not happy with whats going on.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  5. Mehr from Milwaukee

    Hi Anderson,
    Excellent program. Thanks for covering the news from Iran. Please keep us updated everyday.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  6. Isabel, Brazil

    My country had 31 years of military dictatorship.
    I was born and grew up living with repression and without freedom of expression.
    I remember of my father telling that when was published the list of banned books, he was obliged to throw these books in a river not to be arrested.

    It is very sad when is removed from the people the right to think.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Minou, New York City....
    I am glad you called your uncle is safe in Germany!!! *whew*

    June 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  8. Isabel, Brazil

    Democracy is incompatible with censorship because censorship prevents the proper functioning of democracy.

    A prerequisite for the functioning of democracy is the free circulation of ideas, opinions, facts and the political pluralism, the ideological pluralism and the artistic pluralism. And the censorship is an autocratic and unilateral imposition of ideas and opinions. And the establishment of monopoly political, ideological and artistic in society.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  9. David, Indiana

    Evening Anderson, Erica, Isabel. "Pierce the firewall" I think that firewall is being pierced from numerous directions. It is disturbing to see how unbelievably quiet the shows are on State Media in Iran when there are massive protests going on in that country.

    You can't help but wonder if the protests were being shown on tv in Iran the energy of all those protest would be being released just as intensely but constructively with less worry about collapse of the country.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  10. Arianne Hermida

    Is there a chance that Ahmedinejad won by the choice of the Supreme Ruler of Iran?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  11. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Greetings to All! We get to 'talk' to each other here because of modern technology.We are able to see the brutality and corruption in Iran because of it too.The world on the web has all of us in it.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  12. Casey Jones, Palm Springs, CA

    "Collapsing" is an overstatement at this point, don't you think?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  13. Patty

    We need to pay attention to what's happening in Iran. These people are making a huge statement. They're willing to die for what they believe in, FREEDOM. How do they rid their gov't. of Khomeni?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  14. Lori from IL

    @Alice, I totally agree with you - well stated.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  15. Ben, IL

    Thanks for this great coverage of Iran. Amazing. My prayers are with those brave young men and women.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  16. Jason

    It would be great if we could get some guarantee that we, the US, are not playing favorites in their election: No military backing or secret deals. They are a civilized intelligent people, too, and can resolve things without our help.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  17. Pirooz

    Anderson, I truly hope the Islamic Republic is collapsing - NOT Iran.

    Despite Obama leaning backwards, the regime has blamed the USA of meddling... do people really believe that Obama should continue pursuing dialogue with these terrorists?

    The regime is most likely seeing their last hours... but the question is what / who next? We need true democracy in Iran, one that can be at peace with the World, while offering its citizens hope and prospects.

    Many thanks Anderson

    June 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  18. Christine from Greenburgh, NY

    I respect these Iranians that are risking their lives to stand up for their belief. I pray all will be peaceful..

    June 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  19. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    seeing that woman get up after being knocked down is amazing. her courage is admirable.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  20. Reginald Payne

    Obama represents what the rest of the world wants and they want it bad enough that to me, it resembles our own civil rights struggle in trying to get, "change".

    June 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  21. Isabel, Brazil

    Freedom of expression, especially on politics issues and public support is the lifeblood of any democracy.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  22. Nick

    I stand correct Revolutionary Guard not Republican***

    June 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  23. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Tehranistan) (Spokandyland)

    I hope Iran doesn't collapse, but if it does, it is a necessary evil.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  24. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Oh my gosh!!!!!! I really shock police attack students at college get burn whole school!!! That's terrible I see this image!!!! 🙁

    June 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  25. Isabel, Brazil

    @Casey Jones

    I agree with you... the new regulations announced today are very impostant too 🙂

    June 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Krasi

    I know the situation in Iran is horrific, but the fact that so many are actually protesting or at least doing their best to do so somehow makes me hopeful that a resolution might be found. It's so much different than what severe dictatorships are, e.g. North Korea.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  27. VanessaTx

    Hi Anderson, Erica..my smartees..good evening to all..

    That silent protest was the most powerful statement I've seen in recent years..I really hope the violence stops..and hope the CNN continues to keep w/ the story..more than 1 or 2 segments.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Minou, New York City

    My uncle said that a lot more is going on after dark because then the protesters can run and hide easier from the Basij. He called it a "cat and mouse" game.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  29. Nick

    My buddy is from Iran and we have had many talks about who the Republican guard can do pretty much whatever they like. It comes to no surprise that Iran is surpressing their people and I have no doubt that the vote was rigged. I hope the people rise up and take back their country! Our thoughts are prayers are with you!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  30. Arianne Hermida

    Is there a confirmed death toll on the protests in Iran?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  31. Anthonia-califonia

    Hey Hey Heey, everyone! 🙂

    Ohman, Iran is going nuts! ouch, those wounds that man has looks really painful...!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  32. Alice

    America has to sit and watch as the turmoil in Iran continues. We can not continue to act like "hall monitor of the world". Prayers are with them all. The best we can do is step back and let Iran settle its' domestic problems. It's not easy, but in the end we will have better support from around the world when we show that we are not trying to interfere in other nations problems. As we all see now, they will blame us anyway, but will have no leg to stand on.

    Support our President, whom we elected to handle these problems. Good luck and God speed to all Iranians in their struggle.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  33. Isabel, Brazil

    Democracy depends on a society educated and well informed with access to information allows you to participate as fully as possible in public life of their society and criticize government officials or policies senseless and tyranny. Citizens and their elected representatives recognize that democracy depends on the widest possible access to ideas, information and opinions not subject to censorship.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Casey Jones, Palm Springs, CA

    Anderson, can you please break down all the different factions and players in Iran?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Kayla and Christy

    will u be traveling to the area? Love ur show

    June 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  36. Ahmed Amr

    I hope this demonstrations make a difference, and maybe one day others in the region will follow.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Charles - Athens, GA

    These suppressing acts can no longer hide, the internet has connected the world. what can we do to help the Iranians?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  38. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    goodevening everyone.

    i cant believe what they are showing on Iranian TV!?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  39. Minou, New York City

    I called my uncle in Tehran this morning. Like most Iranians he has a (forbidden) satellite dish and gets his news from a German tv channel.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  40. Lori from IL

    Good evening Anderson, Team 360 and Fellow Bloggers -

    Wow - news out of Iran is amazing -

    Don't think President Obama's actions today are a "cop out" but rather a beginning. He's only been in office 140 days - seems like some people are a little too impatient. Congressional action takes time and I'm sure the White House is working behind the scenes to effect the change the President pormised during his campaign - give him time.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  41. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I am really suprised Iran banned international reporters to see image pictures, and so horrible to know why Iran banned to access see on the internet.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  42. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and fellow bloggers! Hope everyone had a good day!

    I like the idea of trying to fight the violence with silence....

    June 17, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Isabel, Brazil


    How can the population fight without the right to freely express opinions, ideas and thoughts?

    Freedom of expression is a fundamental concept in modern democracies in which the censorship has no moral support.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Minou, New York City

    evening all..
    wow, the silence of the protesters is powerful!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Tehranistan) (Spokandyland)

    the quiet protesting is really creepy...

    June 17, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Jason

    "Collapsing" is odd term to use: would you consider the American revolution as the collapse of the 13 colonies?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Casey Jones, Palm Springs, CA

    Good evening bloggers. Iran = WOW. Unbelieveable.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Isabel, Brazil

    Evening Anderson!
    Hi friends, David (Indiana), bloggers, 360 team …

    Iran ... More tyranny and less freedom of expression and information – All websites should remove any page with content that "incites hatred".

    June 17, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Edurrado(Ed Henry) David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    I hope Iran need to stop violence on the street and more peace.... we need together to support peace for rally.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Tehranistan) (Spokandyland)

    Hey Bloggers! Thunder is a rollin in Spokandyland!

    hope Wednesday is going your way! 😀

    Go Green for Iran!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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