As the saga of Oscar Pistorius and the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp drags on, supporters of the athlete have flocked to social media services. Leading the pack are the so-called #Pistorians, wrote City Press, a diverse group of fans spread across the world. These supporters, lead by Britain’s Laura Lambden, have been putting their energy towards supporting Oscar. Last week they tweeted support for his legal team handling the appeal of Oscar’s bail conditions:
"Morning #Pistorians! Let's focus our energies on Mr Roux and Mr Oldwage today!" wrote Lambden under her Twitter handle @LiliTyger. The comments of support have come from South Africa, but also as widely as Germany and Borneo. This same group, who use tags such as #inoscarwetrust, have been defending the athlete, attacking media reports and even supporting the accident case his brother is currently facing.
When the City Press attempted to contact the #Pistorians, they were quickly blocked by Lambden, with other followers following suit.
"another ‘journo’ sniffing around wanting to do a piece on us – does she really think we’ll talk to her?" Lambden wrote, while another supporter tweeted: "Every 2-bit freelancer wants to make name for themselves out of this story. Go & do your work and stop bugging people."
By James Francis