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.
I am still supporting. He deserves a fair trial. #FreeJahar— Jess (@whatica) April 23, 2013
Jahar can't talk now, he can't just prove his case in writing. He's innocent, Let him go.#FreeJahar— Young Supreme. (@SupremeRius_) April 23, 2013
Are we supposed to believe the US Government & their crew despite their trail of conspiracy? I WON'T! #Freejahar— Sadiyya Khan (@THE_Sadiyya) April 23, 2013
Don't believe everything you hear and see on the news. Governments have lied to us before. #FreeJahar He is an innocent man!!— #musicismylife (@Nevan_W) April 20, 2013
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:
Hi people pushing #FreeJahar....He killed an 8 year old child and a cop. Just thought you should know.— Amy Lutz (@amylutz4) April 21, 2013
#FreeJahar from his skin, his generative parts, his fingernails, toenails, and eventually, the continuity of his head from his body.— El SOOPer!! (@SooperMexican) April 21, 2013
Wake up this morning and see all these #freejahar idiots.This movement might as well be titled the "I'm an insane moron" movement— R. Valentine (@RValentine10) April 23, 2013
#freejahar is the stupidest thing ever. I live near Boston and that was some f**ked up s**t— Will Hammond (@PadgerMan) April 23, 2013
#freejahar Girls think Jahar is cute so they want to free him.LOL. This is why they didn't give women the right to vote.— Michael Greenberg (@mikegre) April 23, 2013
So what do you think about the #freejahar hashtag on Twitter? Have you tweeted about it yet?