June 23rd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 06/23/09

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Tonight on 360°, new evidence Iran's government is tightening its grip. And, new evidence protesters are changing their tactics. Plus, tough talk from President Obama today on the uprising. We'll have all the angles.

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  1. Caroline

    Who is responsible for organizing this revolution. So many young people wants change. It will happen. The old will die and the young will bring change.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  2. Lori from IL

    Enjoying this discussion on the women "fighting" for their rights - in a culture that treats women as second class citizens. With the age of the country being screwed so young - these women will not be denied. While the regime may be able to hold done this current uprising through violence - they won't be able to do so forever. As new generations come into power - change will occur.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  3. Basil Beshkov

    I believe that Iran is a fudamentally divided country which is ripping apart as we see it. I do not think that the opposition to the government is united. Cambell Brown just called the movement a revolution, but is it? A revolution has guiding principals...

    June 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  4. Minou, New York City

    reg. Tehran University: they are cracking down on students in their dormitories!

    I'd like to know how many ppl have been arrested/abducted by the basijis/ guards. why is no one on cnn reporting on that? the detained face torture!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  5. Bob

    Given Musavi's restrictions, Shirin Ebadi needs to become the voice and LEADER of the opposition from outside the country, where she can speak and broadcast freely

    June 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  6. Sean Coniah

    The situation currently on-going in Iran is a sharp and painful reminder just how little we have evolved in our thinking and our human relations in the past century. The fact that the unrest in Iran right now has gotten to the point it is at just shows how much further we have to go in order to rectify these issues. It is truly unfortunate that people have to die over freedom of speech and expression and it shows some of us how lucky we are to live in developed countries.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  7. Hoyt Benjamin

    How can the average us citizen help the revolution in Iran?

    June 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  8. David, Indiana

    Hello Campbell nice to see you filling in for Anderson. Evening Erica? Isabel.

    Given the violence the slowing down of protests and rallies is maybe good in that it might prevent the whole country from spiralling out of control. But clearly there is tremendous will for a society and government with much more open relations with the rest of the world.

    Those pictures of Neda, such a gentle beautiful woman. I have no idea why it would be necessary to open fire on the crowds of protestors.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  9. Darrell

    Then we need to make it about women and women's rights. That is why Hillary should have won. Where is the male dominated media antd the President on this. The President is surrounded by women, has a strong wife and still does not come out forcefully for women. Hey men, the reality of it is, the women have the babies and are the true reason why all human race is here. Embrace it and we will be a better world.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  10. starr formerly known as vincent

    @ Isabel -Brazil

    Very well said, I totally agree with you!

    RE: Pres. Obama – again, we feel his tone is correct. It's not like we can tell any othe country what to do! (we tried that with W., it did not work out very well so far).

    The President has limits to what he can say and do,and he has been very honest with the people and the politicians of America.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  11. John Williams

    Dictator Ali Khamenei should be held responsible for the death of peaceful protestors like Neda.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  12. Mary

    What about the Clerics joining the demantrations today is that true and if so is change comming sooner than we think ?

    June 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  13. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Jasmine, the western democracies could certainly make a statement of solidarity with those dying in the streets for freedom without playing police. We will never be able to deal with the mullahs, but we can deal with the moderates who are struggling now. They will remember our silence once they do come to power.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  14. David Costa

    I pray for the brave ones of iran and here is to the women of the uprising

    June 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  15. Sharon

    I would like to see less stone throwing from the dissatisfied Iranian voters. A peaceful demonstration, just like what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. practiced during the 60s will have the desired dramatic impact on the world. With such a arm-in-arm unified march, the impact to the world will be much more effective. I think throwing stones is only defeating the purpose of the cause.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  16. Reihaneh

    We love Neda and will never forget her, but PLEASE remember the were many more just like Neda who lost their life during the protests in Iran.
    They are sons and daughters, husbands, wives and loved ones.
    They died but their dream of freedom and better life will continue.
    They can not keep the sunshine hidden for ever.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  17. martin

    @ Fay – California
    tell me about it, i couldnt get it out of my head for many hours after i saw it that day. one I know the meaning of lifeless eyes......

    June 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  18. charles

    congratulations to the iran women. be careful but live strong

    June 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  19. Jan-Michael

    These post-election protests in Iranian are history in the making on so many levels: political, sociology, technological, you name it.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  20. Sharon Hastings

    Hello Campbell, team, all bloggers. Continued trouble in Iran and it looks like their leaders are terrorizing those who they can track down as participants in the protesting. I was impressed with the President's press conference and his handling of complex issues. Very "presidential".

    June 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  21. Mera

    We the women of Iran wanting separation of church and states

    June 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  22. Minou, New York City

    @ Lori, Megan: thanks guys!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  23. BettyAnn,Nacogdoches,TX

    With modern technology we can see just how cruel the world is. God help us.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  24. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    @Isabel Brazil.....
    I agree with you, The video really distrubing to see this.....that's really hard to image video.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  25. Jasmine

    @Mike we won't stand up because I think a lot of people are sick of the US playing Police....

    June 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  26. Fay - California

    The video of Neda's death is one of the most horrific things I've ever seen...

    June 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  27. starr formerly known as vincent

    Hello Team 360!
    Hello fellow bloggers.

    Neda...long live her name, the call, the voice, the courage, the beauty, the face of freedom.

    This regime will fall, maybe not today, but it will fail....and Neda's name will be remembered always with the new government in Iran (whenever it comes).

    June 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  28. Rafael Peralta Bronx.Ny

    Hey there Campbell and bloogers.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  29. Isabel, Brazil

    The framework for renewal and increase of educational level of women now confronts against the authoritarianism of the political-religious.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  30. martin

    isnt it "funny" how the revolutionary guard that came out from last revolution against the shah is now trying to quell another revolution...
    humans, they'll never learn

    June 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  31. Isabel, Brazil

    Iran is a country of young people: 70% of Iranians are under 30 years. Therefore, the accession of new technologies so strong that, today, are this kind of info-weapons in the fight against tyranny.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  32. jorge pe

    so sad about this woman, good night

    June 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  33. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    "Those who stnd up for justice are on the right side of history" So when will the US stand up?

    June 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  34. Isabel, Brazil

    Iran, which seemed very closed and homogeneous, has changed much socially in these years. Women are the forces of social change. They have studied and passed the men in educational indicators.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    @ Minou, New York City.....
    We are praying for you and your family to be safely.....

    June 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  36. Anthonia-california

    Hey Y'all 🙂

    I agree with Obama, its very heart-breaking to see Neda killed in front of a camera. This violence in Iran needs to stop now, theres too many women being mistreated and people getting hurt!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  37. Lori from IL

    @ Minou - How scary for you and your family. I hope you are able to hear from your husband soon.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  38. Isabel, Brazil

    President Obama increased the tone of the criticism against Iran. It makes more sense.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  39. Isabel, Brazil

    This video was too awful to watch.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  40. Minou, New York City

    I wish I could be out there protesting along with these brave people! Although the thought of it frightens me.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  41. Jasmine

    kinda nice to know that women are getting more of a voice. Sadly it's because of a unjust act for human rights.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  42. Isabel, Brazil

    The action of dictators is amazing. The dictator acts without constraint and according to your wishes. No matter how. The manifestations of the opposition are banned, but the manifestations of pros to the government are released?

    June 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  43. Isabel, Brazil

    The Islamic world needs to understand better the value and benefits of freedom, and not only understand the inconvenience it may cause. It is better to live in a free world, where there is diversity of ideas and debate, even at the risk of making mistakes, suffer slander and slander; than live in a world without the right to critical and evolution. Freedom is the master-spring of human development and evolution, the strength of ideas is more effective than force of arms. While this concept is not fully absorbed by the Islamic community, there will be riots, conflicts, wars and revolutions, unfortunately.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Isabel, Brazil

    The tyranny of the Iranian government reminds me of the Chinese tyranny in the episode of Heavenly Peace Square. Only that without internet, mobile and Twitter

    June 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Minou, New York City

    Hi all.
    We have lost contact with my uncle in Tehran. We can't reach him, he can't reach us ... it has me worried. The Basij is invading people's homes and arresting people for no good reason.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Isabel, Brazil

    @Megan Dresslar

    I agree with you... protesting in the street without violence

    June 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Lori from IL

    Hello Campbell, Team 360 and Fellow Bloggers -

    Sad news still coming out of Iran -

    June 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Isabel, Brazil

    Evening, Cambell Brown!

    Hi friends, David, bloggers, 360 team …

    June 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Campbell, Erica, Edurrado(Ed Henry) David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!

    What night for me!! Happy Tuesday night!!!!

    I am thinking about people are protesting in the street, without violence, need more peace rally for him!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Jasmine

    Hey bloggers! 😀

    Hopefully your Tuesday was fun for you guys!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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