Oxfordgirl vs Ahmadinejad: the Twitter user taking on the Iranian regime

Matthew Weaver in The Guardian:

ScreenHunter_02 Feb. 11 11.03 As the resident of a quiet village in Oxfordshire with a plummy accent to match, she makes an unlikely revolutionary. But she has become a key player in the unrest that is shaking Iran and is such an irritant to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that she has been subjected to a propaganda campaign by the regime's henchmen.

Known only by her Twitter name, Oxfordgirl has emerged as a crucial link between the protesters and the outside world. “Before they started blocking mobile phones I was almost co-ordinating people's individual movements – 'Go to such and such street,' or 'Don't go there, the Basij [militia] are waiting,' ” she said. “It was very strange to be sitting in Oxford and co-ordinating things like that.”

Tomorrow the opposition is planning another demonstration under the cloak of an official rally to mark the 31st anniversary of the revolution. Oxfordgirl, who guards her identity for fear of reprisals against her family in Iran, said: “It's going to be a big day for the Persian psyche. It won't topple the regime but it's part of the process of showing the resistance won't go away.

“It's significant because of the symbolism of the revolution. A lot of people will attend the official rally and see lots of protesters coming out against the regime.”

Over the last seven months Oxfordgirl has built a reputation as one of the most reliable sources of information on the turmoil.

More here. [Thanks to Kris Kotarski.]