Iran Protesters Launch Twitter Revolution

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jun 15, 2009 10:12 AM CDT
Iranian supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hurl stones at supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi who are inside Tehran university.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Erupting protests over Iranian elections may be the first political upheaval tweeted from beginning to end, as demonstrators keep up a running account of what's happening, reports CNN. "My friend saying more than 100 students arrested. Bastards just attacked us for no reason. I lost count of how much tear gas they launched at us!" said one of several breathless posts over the weekend.

"I'm calling out to all ppl who can come here don't leave us," he added. Text messaging and cell phone services were cut off across the country near election day and remained blocked yesterday. Twitter has proved to be one of the most reliable communication systems.