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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Iranians use Twitter to spread news of protests

by Damien McElroy Published: 5:48PM BST 16 Jun 2009

Iranians have used networking sites such as Twitter to send information, video and pictures
6am: Tehran wakes up to news that government troops had killed seven during demonstrations on Monday.
"Reliable hospital source – at least 7 killed yesterday in Azadi sq – more than 50 injured" persiankiwi

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10am: Rumours of a coup plot by Iran's armed forces starts to circulate in Tehran.
"Strong rumours around 10-16 Sepaah (regular army) generals arrested" iranriggedelect
11.30am: Outsiders send words of encouragement to the demonstrators.
"DON'T BE INTIMIDATED. Go to the protest today and be seen and heard. BE SAFE." Angiepants Iranians
12.54pm: Users post pictures of victims of the crackdown. Some of the footage is extremely graphic with scenes of bloodshed.
"Guy beaten/shot in Tehran, picture WARNING" KentaKahar
1.30pm: Reports lament the lack of independent reporting from provincial Iran.
"Mazandaran, Azerbaijan, Khorasan on fire w revolution yet they invisible as world concentrates on Tehran" oxfordgirl
2.15pm: Demonstrators claim the regime is relying on diehards from Lebanese Hizbollah to suppress gatherings.
"Pro-Ahmadinejad supporters appear to be Lebanese brought in" StopAhmadi
3.15pm: Fears run strong that the government is using fake online identities to intimidate Mousavi supporters.
"People have been receiving random automated calls of 'You have participated in the protests', intended to scare them" parhamdoustdar
4.37pm: Witnesses report Mousavi supporters are rallying peacefully.
"NEWS: Mousavi protesters been calm n quiet at protest in Tehran" StopAhmadi
5.17pm: Supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad also called for international backing.
"Ahmadinejad asked supporters to gather in celebration of his win. Please show your support for the legally elected president!"

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