The Italian Foreign Ministry today endorsed a Swedish plan to get European Union nations to open the doors of their Iranian embassies for any wounded protesters who are seeking shelter, Reuters reported.
Across Tehran, hundreds of arrests have already been carried out. Protesters have been jailed, as have 23 journalists.
Most significantly, police detained for a short time Faezeh Rafsanjani, the daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who is opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi's chief political backer. She had joined protesters last week, urging them on. The BBC's John Leyne was expelled from the country.
The widening crackdown is a direct response to the deadly clashes that engulfed Tehran overnight Saturday, killing 19, according to state radio.
One of the dead, a young woman named Neda, has become an opposition hero. The video of her death has spread across the Internet, and her name has become a new rallying cry for protesters.
We spoke with one protester inside Iran who would not allow us to name her out of fear for her safety. She said the protests were for "changing the regime. That's what we're aiming for." Even as authorities continue to crack down hard on protests and the people involved in them, she said, "we're doing our best and if we get enough support it might happen."
This weekend, opposition leader Mousavi told his supporters he's ready to die fighting the regime, and again called on them to demonstrate peacefully. 'Protesting to [against] lies and fraud is your right," he said in a statement, a direct challenge to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei.
May said she feared for her life when she was detained. "I thought about jumping out of the car," she said, "but they locked the doors. I think it's the first time I've ever felt really small and weak before."
Iran has had protests before but has never seen a public rift in the country's leadership, and now several powerful politicians back the protesters.
There is now talk, though not confirmed, that Mousavi is planning a national strike, a bold, possibly game-changing move amid threats of more violence.