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Iran’s Protest Goes Viral

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Posted on Jun 16, 2009
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Protesters at a Tehran university.

Iranian officials have cut off key communication conduits within the country and barred access to foreign news broadcasts as election protests rage on. But protesters have found ways to get information by other means: They have turned to social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook.

The Los Angeles Times:

Iran has slipped into a guerrilla-style Internet and Twitter game of strategies and slogans pecked out by protesters attempting to outflank a government that has shut down communication outlets, leaving the nation breathless on snippets of text and stealthily uploaded pictures.

It is a battle on the streets and across the airways affecting the rest of the Middle East as well, a realm where technology is both churning out and smothering polarizing messages and images. Iranian authorities have blocked opposition websites, jammed satellite TV channels and cut off text messaging. Still, word is trickling beyond the censors, linking, however sparsely, opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s rule from the capital of Tehran to those in villages in the north.

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By boggs, June 19, 2009 at 10:43 am Link to this comment

It is our media that has gone viral.
This does not deserve the space its getting. We all know this protest is being financed by the US (CIA).
Amahdinejad won and our leaders can’t stand it!
Simple as that!

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By Folktruther, June 17, 2009 at 9:40 pm Link to this comment

I wondered why the US would spend so much money and ideological assets on calling a landslide a stolen election.  It appears that there are elements in the religious hierarchy that are neoliberal, which are led by the plutocrat Rafsanjani. The family, especially the two sons, are known as crooks to the Irani people, and they sponsored Mossouvi, the “reform” candidate.  If the US can put neoliberals in power, they can get their hands on all that oil.  It’s worth the 4 hundred million dollars that the CIA spent in this election, as the Pakistani military announced.

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