Photos by Mahyar Rahmatian
Payvand.com - Thousands participated in the Global Day Of Action rally in San Francisco on July 25th. The demonstrators, mostly Iranian-Americans from Bay Area, converged at Civic Center Plaza on Saturday from 12-4 pm to show solidarity with the people in Iran who are protesting the outcome of the June 12 presidential election there and demanding an annulment.
The San Francisco rally was part of a global effort which was initiated by Firuzeh Mahmoudi, an Iranian-American from Berkeley and mother of two, and expanded to around 140 cities and towns across the globe. Firuzeh who is an environmental consultant at the United Nations, took time off from work and moved into action after she viewed the violent crackdown by government forces in response to the peaceful protests by the people in Iran.
Firuzeh Mahmoudi speaking at the event
The demonstration in San Francisco was spearheaded by District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, the first Iranian-American to be elected to San Francisco public office. The event was organized with effort from NorCal4Iran, Northern California's Division of human rights group United4Iran, in conjunction with other outreach groups, such as Amnesty International.
San Francisco District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
Numerous prominent figures, including Reverend Cecil Williams, FormerGovernor and Current Attorney General Jerry Brown, California Senator Mark Leno, and Brisbane Mayor Sepi Richardson took the stage in front of City Hall to express support.
Poet Ziba Shirazi
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