The New York Times reports that "hundreds of protesters clashed with waves of riot police and paramilitary militia in Tehran on Wednesday." Other reports place the number closer to a thousand.
The article continues: "It was impossible to confirm first-hand the extent of the new violence in the capital because of draconian new press restrictions on coverage of the post-election mayhem."
From an interview on CNN (via the Guardian's News Blog), an eyewitness account of Wednesday's brutal crackdown on the demonstrators at Baharestan Square outside the national Parliament building:
The black-clad police stopped everyone. They emptied the buses that were taking people there and let the private cars go on. We went on until Ferdowsi then all of a sudden some 500 people with clubs came out of [undecipherable] mosque and they started beating everyone. They tried to beat everyone on [undecipherable] bridge and throwing them off of the bridge. And everyone also on the sidewalks. They beat a woman so savagely that she was drenched in blood and her husband, he fainted. They were beating people like hell. It was a massacre.Meanwhile The Tweets coming out of Iran, as aggregated by Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic, have become increasingly alarming:
they catch ppl with mobile - so many killed today - so many injured - Allah Akbar - they take one of usThe New York Times reports that phone calls from Iran confirm the use of live ammunition at Baharestan Square. "Lalezar Sq is same as Baharestan - unbelevable - ppls murdered everywhere," one Twitter user wrote.
in Baharestan we saw militia with axe choping ppl like meat - blood everywhere - like butcher - Allah Akbar
Everybody is under arrest & cant move - Mousavi - Karroubi even rumour Khatami is in house guard
"Neither the establishment nor the nation will yield to pressure at any cost," Ayatollah Khamenei said on state television.
A compilation video of the unrest--as recorded by individuals using cell phones--is available here, from The Guardian.