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"An opposition news website is reporting that Iran has imported high-tech armored anti-riot vehicles equipped with water cannons that can douse people with boiling water or teargas.
The U.S.-based Persian-language news website Rahesabz, or Green Path, posted a photograph of what it described as a photograph of two of the trucks arriving at the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas in the south.
The website said the vehicles were a rush order from their manufacturers in China, Dalian Eagle-Sky, according to the blogger Sohrebestan.
(See a translation of his post in English at the blog Persian2English.)
With an alleged price of $650,000 a unit, the 25-ton trucks each hold 2,640 gallons of water, which can shoot hot or cold water at a distance of up 220 feet.
They can also shoot tear gas, burning chemicals or paint stored in three 26-gallon containers.
It includes a plow, which can presumably demolish makeshift barriers placed on streets by protesters, or even the demonstrators themselves.
Iranian protesters torched police vehicles and motorcycles during anti-government riots last weekend, when police trucks allegedly ran over at least one demonstrator, as shown in the video below." (Los Angeles Times, "Chinese-made armored anti-riot trucks, equipped with plows, may arrive in Tehran," 1/1/10)
The Chinese Anti-Riot Vehicle Reportedly Imported by Iran