CNN Senior Editor Mideast Affairs
Iranians beaten... and bloodied... Raw emotions filling the Internet and TV screens, capturing the world's attention in real time, for the first time at this scale since the Islamic revolution in 1979.
Setting social networking sites on fire... From You Tube to CNN's I-Report, images from Iran are constantly uploaded, representing both sides, keeping the story going and feeding a worldwide curiosity about the future of Iran.
On one side, supporters of reformist Mir Hussein Moussavi, rejecting their candidate's defeat in presidential elections; crying foul, saying their vote was robbed and they want it back.
On the other side, President Ahmadinejad's supporters celebrated their candidate's victory in mass rallies as well. Their images were carried on the regular Iranian channels across Iran and around the world.
Following the vote, results were quickly announced in favor of Mr. Ahmadinejad, the incumbent. Signs of dissent showed up next to signs of crackdown: Mr Moussavi's whereabouts unknown while his supporters didn’t give up organizing themselves and demand to see him. Media outlets such as the Duabi-based Al-Arabiya network were shut down for reporting on the violence that followed the vote. Some journalists got their share of the violence and their movement was controlled and limited..
All that didn't deter Iranians from spreading the word about what's happening in their country. With the help of social media such as You Tube, Facebook and Twitter, their voices got louder and support came to them from all corners of the globe.
Within hours, the voices of Iranians, both pro-Ahmadinejad or pro-Moussavi, found a forum for support on the internet.
A mirror of their divided voices echoed from the streets of Tehran.
Follow first-hand accounts of the gunshots heard at today’s rally on Twitter by using the keyword #iranelection
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