Twitter Coverage of Iranian Election Protests

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Al Jazeera English has described the situation as the “biggest unrest since the 1979 revolution.”
Following the 2009 Iranian presidential election held on 12 June 2009 in Iran, protests against alleged electoral fraud, in support of candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi, broke out in Tehran and other major cities in Iran. In response, tens of thousands of people rallied in Tehran to support the victory of incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the unrest as little more than “passions after a soccer match”

By June 14 the protests had grown considerably and took a more violent turn. Cars were being parked in the middle of the streets and highways in Tehran, and the highways leading to the city, blocking traffic heavily along with burning buses and trash cans.

As hundreds of thousands of opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad massed in central Tehran to cheer their pro-reform leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi on Monday, June 15, 2009, at least one protester was killed by pro-government militia. Shots have been fired at a rally in Tehran on June 15th, 2009, where hundreds of thousands of people were demonstrating against last week’s questionable presidential election results.

Many reports out of the region are coming from blogs, Twitter, and Facebook.

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