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After watching Facebook and other social media help grass-roots movements toss repressive regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, the State Department is turning to Twitter to encourage opposition groups in Iran, where thousands clashed with police Monday in the country's largest gathering of anti-government protesters in more than a year.
"U.S. calls on Iran to allow people to enjoy same universal rights to peacefully assemble, demonstrate as in Cairo," another said.
The State Department tweets came ahead of violent clashes Monday in Tehran between Iranian police and thousands of demonstrators protesting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the first major anti-government gathering since his re-election in June 2009.