Update at 12:39pm by Psychodrew
Multiple tweets about gunfire by pro-government militia at the Tehran rally.
We have heard what sounds like gunshots in distance. still have people on streets we have not heard from. #iranelection
AP News alert FROM IRAN: AP photographer sees pro-government militia fire at opposition protesters, killing at least 1.
jaketapper (of ABC News)
OMG! Iranian state TV says gunfire has erupted at the Mousavi rally in Tehran #iranelection
Video update at 11:16 am EDT USA by John Allen
More after the jump
Another random update at 11:15am by Psychodrew
An image of Mousavi at the Tehran rally. Most tweets indicate that police along the main roads are standing peacefully aside. The crowds are reportedly thanking the police for not attacking them.
Another random update at 10:22am by Psychodrew
Mohammad Reza Khatami–brother of former president Mohammad Khatami–is at the rally.
Another random update at 9:56am by Psychodrew
Many Tweets from Iran about nationwide protests. Many complaints about difficulty uploading pictures and film. This picture purported depicts protesters in Tehran.
Updated at 9:33pm by Psychodrew
There’s some Twittering about wearing green tomorrow to show solidarity with the Iranian people. Info here.
The Iranian presidential election was followed by allegations of fraud and street protests. Most of the protests began on Saturday, when CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News have scaled down TV operations. Although the Iranian government confiscated video cameras from reporters, shut down telephone lines and text messaging and cut off access to pro-reform websites and social networking websites such as facebook and Twitter, the tech-savvy Iranian netizens have found ways to communicate, especially via Twitter. I have been closely following an Iranian in Tehran and an Iranian-American on the west coast, who has been communicating with family back in Tehran. I have been getting information before it was on the news and reading tweets about plans for a protest tomorrow and a general strike on Tuesday.
What I find so fascinating about this is the government’s inability to keep protesters from communicating with one another and the outside world. They are relying on their old methods of stiffling dissent and cutting off communication, but technology has begun to outgrow those methods. My favorite example is the tweet below. The government has shut down many pro-reform websites, so the protesters have come up with an interesting response. Shut down the government’s website.
This link takes you to a website that continuously re-boots the webage of the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. If enough people do this, the website would presumably shut down because it can’t handle the traffic. If you actually do want to help bring down the Ayatollah’s website, click here. I started to do it and realized it might not be a good idea to do that from my office computer.
It has been both fascinating and heart-breaking to watch this happen from Twitter. The tweets about students being beaten. Videos of women beaten by police and documenting injuries to student protesters. At the same time, it has been interesting to watch a population use technology to defy the government.
Just to show you an example. While I was writing this note, the Ayatollah’s website was indeed brought down by protesters and their allies. The power of Twitter…