CHINA - IRAN

China supplying Iran with riot control vehicles?

Riot control vehicles manufactured by a Chinese company may have been delivered to Iran a few weeks ago. The photo on the right was sent to us by one of our Observers and news of the alleged delivery is spreading fast on the Iranian web. We’re currently trying to verify the information.

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Riot control vehicles manufactured by a Chinese company may have been delivered to Iran a few weeks ago. The photo on the right was sent to us by one of our Observers and news of the alleged delivery is spreading fast on the Iranian web. We’re currently trying to verify the information.

The photo sent to us yesterday:

The photo’s EFIX data shows that it was taken on Dec. 21 2009 with a Nokia N73 – but this digital data can be modified. Iranians web users say, particularly on the site Balatrian, that the photo was taken in Bandar Abbas, a port in the south of Iran. This cannot be confirmed as there is no geographical indication on the image. The number plate on the car in the photo – clearly a French car of the Peugeot brand – is not readable.

Iranian bloggers claim to have found the same model of truck on the company website of Eagle-Sky Co. It appears to be the DES-516B, a riot control vehicle fitted with water canons.

The information emerged just as the opposition announced that the army was sending armoured vehicles to Tehran in order to suppress the riots.

China opposes placing sanctions on Iran in relation to its nuclear programme, demonstrating a preference for diplomatic talks. It’s also one of the only major powers which hasn’t expressed concern over the current repression in Tehran.