Update: Persian Twitterer silent, but safe
If you followed the #iranelection topic on Twitter, you’ll probably have noticed one of the most reliable sources on the spot: persiankiwi. S/he’s been giving us first-hand information for the past few days, but s/he’s been silent for 7 hours now. Hir last posts were disturbing, as @aricmayer recorded in his blog:
they pull away the dead into trucks – like factory – no human can do this – we beg Allah for save us –
Everybody is under arrest & cant move – Mousavi – Karroubi even rumour Khatami is in house guard
we must go – dont know when we can get internet – they take 1 of us, they will torture and get names – now we must move fast –
thank you ppls 4 supporting Sea of Green – pls remember always our martyrs – Allah Akbar – Allah Akbar – Allah Akbar
Allah – you are the creator of all and all must return to you – Allah Akbar –
I’ve been twittering a lot in the last few days, and while I usually tweet about project management and other topics that affect me job-wise, these days were dominated by two topics: the post-election protests in Iran, and the introduction of internet censorship by the German government. I’ve been more angry, sad, agitated and engaged by political topics than I’ve been in more than ten years. But nothing moved me as much as those minutes this afternoon, when one tweet after the next arrived of persiankiwi, and they got more and more personal and frightening.
We have not heard any more of hir since. My prayers are with you. I sincerely hope you are well.
Update: Quite a few other blogs discussed persiankiwi’s fate. Read to get a feeling how people all over the world shared their worries.
The German newspaper TAZ wrote Wo ist persiankiwi? (Germen)
Montreal Mom wrote in The Unexpected Twists and Turns: Persiankiwi disappears…
Enduring America wrote A Tale of Two Twitterers.
Andrew Sullivan wrote for The Atlantic: Did They Get Persiankiwi?
I’m glad he’s safe..