Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Iranian protestor on Twitter: 'We need help'

The messaging service has become one of the most reliable sources of information coming out of Iran, where hundreds of thousands of people are protesting the disputed presidential election.

A post from this morning:

"@leiyers call frm student (Mazandaran Uni): "We R abt 1200 uni student locked in uni by ahmadi's Militia. We need help." #iranelection from web

The following Twitter accounts have been among the most active in sending live updates:

http://twitter.com/lotfan

http://twitter.com/Change_for_Iran

http://twitter.com/madyar

http://twitter.com/mousavi1388

http://twitter.com/persiankiwi

The New York Times reports that "Iranians are blogging, posting to Facebook and, most visibly, coordinating their protests on Twitter, the messaging service. Their activity has increased, not decreased, since the presidential election on Friday and ensuing attempts by the government to restrict or censor their online communications."

The photograph above is from The New York Times, showing Iranians who support presidential opposition candidate Mir Hussein Moussavi.

- Lindsay Ruebens

6 comments:

Mary said...

I'm inclined to think Ahmadinejad got more votes. If so, the Moussavi supporters should accept the elected government if they want a democracy.

crystalsbass said...

Too bad our president is unwilling to condemn a government for murdering and kidnapping its own citizens in order to stay in power. I know what Ronald Reagan would have said. In fact, he DID say it when Poland did the same thing.

Anonymous said...

Ahmadinejad gets votes by using threatening tactics. The younger Iranian population is just smarter than the older citizens who have been under his thumb for the past several years. Their whole country needs to wake up and see the vote was rigged.

Michael said...
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Michael said...

Until the people of Iran get rid of those backwards Islamic clerics, like the Supreme Ayatolla, who along with the Revolutionary Guard, actually control the country- they will not break their chains of ignorance and bondage.




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MichaelProcton said...

Thank you for your succinct and insightful commentary, Mary. We all feel a little more knowledgeable about this issue thanks to your help!