Iran: Now the hard part

Riot police at Freedom Square and Revolution Square. (UPDATE: reports of water cannon and tear gas.) The protesters have resisted using violence and the regime refuses to back down. Live blogs here, here, here and here. Vaclav Havel, who was jailed a decade before he became his country’s president, says this:

I would advise them not to fall prey to skepticism if they do not achieve immediate results in spite of their efforts.
These efforts are important in and of themselves because there is virtue in working for a good cause. And these efforts can pay off later, God knows when, God knows how. But you cannot time it. That, at least, is our experience.

UPDATE: Astonishing BBC video shows a pitched battle.

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