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How To Help the People of Iran || #iranelection

Updated on July 13, 2011

I don't know who really won the election in Iran, but I do know that the government's violent crackdown on the hundreds of thousands of people protesting the outcome of the election and the possible fraud committed by the leaders of their country is unacceptable.

Iran has long been a nation of bloggers, now the people of Iran are sharing their voices with the world even as the government blocks access to websites such as Yahoo, Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter, steals satellite dishes off rooftops, prevents journalists and other media from covering what they see, and more.

Here is how you can help the voices of the people be heard.



Do NOT post lists of Iranian Twitterers and bloggers online.

Do NOT RT tweets from Iranian twitterers with @username. Say "RT from Iran" instead.

These actions endanger the lives of these brave men and women. Never forget that real people are being beaten, arrested, and killed in Iran for speaking out against the government.

How You Can Help

Do wear green to show solidarity with the supporters of Mousavi. (You can also decorate your Twitter profile with support icons or tint your own icon green.)

Do use the #iranelection and #gr88 hashtags on Twitter to stay updated. Important journalist live bloggers include Andrew Sullivan and Nico Pitney.

Do report fake Iranian Twitters, trolls, and suspected plants to Twitspam. A few known plants include @persian_guy and @serv_.

Do change the location and timestamp of your Twitter account and/or blog to Tehran (or another Iranian city) and GMT (+3:30). This will make it harder for the authorities to find the real Iranians.

Do set up proxy IPs for Iranians to use. Instructions can be found at

Do NOT publicize proxy IPs, especially over the #iranelection and #gr88 hashtags. Instead, DM them to @stopAhmadi, @iran09, or @ProtesterHelp and they will distribute them to Iranian bloggers.

Do email Khameini via Amnesty International.

Do organize a protest in your city and share it at Where Is My Vote? and Why We Protest.

Do learn a little Farsi:

دنیارابگوییدچطورآنهاانتخاباتمان دزدیده اند

'Tell the world how they have stolen our election'





Montage of the Protests


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    • SweetiePie profile image

      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      thinking out loud,

      You take things way too seriously, and by the way did you know I have been on hubpages for two years.  I shall not be leaving the site any time soon.  You misinterpret what I mean by discouraging comments as I can tell right off the bat my knowledge of Middle Eastern history is way more extensive than yours.  I am always reading about the Middle East and I have a degree in history, and your comments were not clearly explained. The way you explained yourself it came across you meant the cops in Iran, and they would not be Arabs. Did you know I was part Arab too, so I find it silly you would get the nationalities mixed up! Not to discourage you, but you have to explain yourself carefully, and a smart cookie like me will not be intimidated by you lol.

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      thinking out loud 8 years ago

      Sweetie pie: I believe your comment was directed at me. The supreme leader brought in hamas arabs to police the streets. They are the arabs I spoke of. If you can't handle any "discouraging comments" perhaps you're in the wrong place. I thought this site was open to free discussion?

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      Adnil 8 years ago

      The US helped topple a democratic government when they backed the Shah. Should we now take part in this mess or mind our own business and let the people of Iran decide what they want? What ever happens, they will still be under the thumb of religious leaders.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      thanks for share. interesting hub.

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I have friends from Iran and they are very upset that the crackdowns are continuing. They were hoping for reform. Thank you for also protecting the voice of the Persian people.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Iranians are not Arabs. Arabs speak Arabic, and Iranians speak Farsi. Great hub kerryg, and I would delete any discouraging comments.

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      thinking out loud 8 years ago

      Iranians are just getting a taste of the same medicine they dished out 30 years ago.  Their current pain is well deserved.  No sympathy here.  Yeah, they're all heroes when  they are accompanied by thousands of others.  Why don't you complain to the ayatollah's new arab cops?  See where that gets you. Keep your silly protests off our streets. You want to protest, go there and do it in person.