Footage from Tehran Protests Hits YouTube

The 31st anniversary of the Iranian Revolution brought protesters to the streets of Tehran, which, in turn, brought videos of the events to YouTube and its Citizentube site.

Olivia Ma of YouTube News & Politics wrote on the YouTube Blog:

Within hours of the protesters hitting the streets of Iran today, videos began streaming onto YouTube that document the large crowds chanting anti-government slogans and violent clashes with anti-riot police forces. Once again, these extraordinary videos provide an exclusive window into what’s taking place on the ground, as foreign press have been banned from the country. YouTube remains blocked in Iran, but dissidents are passing videos to friends out of the country and using Internet circumvention technologies to post the footage, according to news reports and correspondence with those on the ground.