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08/20/11

Iran: 'Cyber Activists Want To Meet Khamenei'

By Golnaz Esfandiari RFE/RL

Supreme Leader Khamenei during an Iftar in Tehran
Supreme Leader Khamenei during an Iftar in Tehran with Ahmadinejad and other "senior" leaders of the Islamic Republic - August 19, 2010.

Blogger Hamid Bazm Shahi Esfahani complains that "cyber activists," who he says have been actively defending the Iranian establishment online, have not been invited to meet Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and share iftar with him. The blogger doesn't give details about the kind of activities the pro-regime cyber activists have been involved in, but he says they have ideas and suggestions that Khamenei needs to hear.

Do we have to say it?

Those in charge of [Khamenei's office] shouldn't think that the cyber activists who worked during the 2009 sedition [eds: 2009 postelection protests] and after -- the cyber activists who have been carrying the weight of defending the establishment in cyberspace without any claim -- wouldn't want to have iftar [eds: the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the month of Ramadan] at the leader's house.

In 2009, [ cyber activists ] were busy with the cyber war [with the opposition], last year in total disbelief we weren't invited, and this year they haven't [yet] allowed us to visit the leader...If they don't let us go...it would be two years!

I don't think that it's right that cyber activists can go to the leader's house only in the framework of student visits and without being [properly introduced]. We are a front, we bloggers, those on [Google Reader], and so on.

We have problems, ideas, criticism, and suggestions which we think are useful for the establishment and we want them to be heard by the leader. And what time is better than the holy months of Ramadan?


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