Iran Tweets Engulf Twitter

As the Iranian regime clamps down on antigovernment protesters on the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, many people around the world are using Twitter to exchange information and disseminate updates on the situation on the ground.

Iran-related keywords, including “iranelection” and “22bahman” (a reference to today’s date in the Persian calendar) were popular on the microblogging service Thursday, as users discussed Iranians’ rights to free speech and the rallies outside Iran’s notorious Evin prison.

“This is what Iran’s police have become, thugs,” Michael P. Whaley tweeted, linking to a YouTube video that purports to show authorities beating a protester. Others, such as Raymond Morrison, shared photos from Tehran in their posts.

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