Ayatollah Ali Khamenei still Twitters away

Iranian opposition groups are furious that their beloved fundamentalist regime has blocked them from using Twitter while their spiritual head is allowed to tweet away to his heart’s content.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is being slammed for launching a crackdown on Twitter and Facebook while his office apparently runs a Twitter account under #Khamenei_ir.

The official website of the opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi point out that if it’s prohibited for the great unwashed, then why is it that the Great Leader’s orifice has a Twitter account?

Actually the crackdown against Twitter and Facebook has nothing to do with anything particularly immoral. It is because it was being used to organise protests against the government after the disputed presidential election in June 2009.

But the government does attack Iranians who use Facebook and Twitter, saying the social networking sites were created by Iran’s enemies to topple the Islamic regime.

Hamzeh Ghalebi, an Iranian blogger sympathetic to the opposition green movement,  wrote that in Iran everyone was supposed to be equal before the law.

Khamenei does not follow anyone  – after all people are supposed to follow him. It has 888 followers and displays the same logo as his official website – Khamenei’s signature. Most of the tweets are quotes by Khamenei, and links to his speeches and statements.

Iran said last week that it has launched a cyber police unit to monitor the activities of Iranians online.