Chinese Activists to Opposition: ‘Go, Iranian Friends! Go!’

The Los Angeles Times blog looks at the movement in China to support protesters in Iran:

The governments of Iran and China have grown considerably closer in recent years as the two regional powerhouses find themselves with complementary economies and little love for Western-led attacks on their domestic and foreign policies.

But now it appears relations are warming from the bottom-up, which could pose a threat to both governments.

Chinese democracy activists have launched an online campaign known by its Twitter tag #CN4Iran, or “China for Iran,” expressing solidarity with the Iranian opposition and condemning their own government’s complicity in the crackdown.

When pictures surfaced of Chinese armored trucks being unloaded in Iran, the CN4Iran contributors were quick to translate and spread the message through Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites.