Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Text message campaign against Ahmadinejad

[Via Khaleejtimes]

Since the first round of polling last week saw Tehran's ultra-hardline mayor Mahmood Ahmadinejad propelled into a showdown with moderate conservative cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, portable phones have been bleeping with calls for voters to block a far-right victory. Several of the SMS messages concerning Ahmadinejad said something like this:

On Friday all of us must go to the (run-off) polls to vote for Rafsanjani and against Ahmadinejad,
one of the mass SMS messages said. The perspectives of Ahmadinejad becoming president has caused a huge panic in Teheran. His devotion to strict rules, especially with regards to women’s rights and dressing codes, is predicted to cause huge problems for the Western-style society of the capital.
P.s. Oh, the trouble already started. Iran's hardline judiciary warned it would pursue people using mobile telephone text messaging to "denigrate" presidential election candidates ahead of Friday's high-stakes run-off. link


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