This morning, The New York Times ran a photo of a female protester being beaten by an Iranian Police Officer on a motorcycle. While we knew of Iran’s use of bikes for military purposes, the current crisis has put their motorcycle force in the spotlight. Sadly, the immense benefits of motorcycles in urban congestion, such as filtering and maneuverability in tight quarters, are being used to devastating effect for the oppression, intimidation and violent crowd control of the protest against Iran’s recent election.
Update: we’ve embedded a video of motorcycle-mounted militia clashing with crowds of protesters in Tehran below.
We also know that Iranian citizens are mobilizing in groups of bikes, carrying sticks and, while we have yet to find accessible footage, have even had at least one battle with the Police bikers. While biker battles in burning streets of Tehran sounds totally awesome, the very real and deadly consequences of ordinary citizens forced into combat on their motorcycles with their government is terribly disheartening to say the least.