#freejahar: Sympathy Hashtag On Twitter for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

by
Fatimah Mazhar
Who would have thought that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev aka Jahar, the 19-year-old suspect behind the Boston Marathon explosions, would have a fan following just days after his arrest?

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Who would have thought that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev aka Jahar, the 19-year-old suspect behind the Boston Marathon explosions, would have a fan following just days after his arrest?

Apparently, a group of teenage girls and conspiracy theorists have started #freejahar on Twitter which is basically a social media campaign aimed towards the fair trial (and ultimately freedom) of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

An online petition for Dzhokhar’s fair trial has also been posted on change.org. The description reads:

We believe that within the chaos caused by the Boston Marathon explosion, two young men were wrongfully accused of something they did not do, and one of them has lost his life before even getting the opportunity of a proper trial. We do not wish to see blood of yet another innocent victim, someone who, by U.S. law, is innocent until proven guilty. It is vital to end this persecution, as all the conflicting information shown by the media, and footage from the incident, seen by people from all corners of the world, doesn't manifest itself as enough evidence to condemn Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of this heinous crime. You promised to the world that you would get to the bottom of this, and we hope you keep your word. We want evidence. We want truth. We want justice.”

As of now, the petition has gained over 6,187 supporters.

While the #freejahar hashtag on Twitter is being used by sympathizers, it is also being used by people who think that campaigning for a mass murderer is detestable:

So what do you think about the #freejahar hashtag on Twitter? Have you tweeted about it yet?

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