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06/17/09

Iranian-Americans to hold rallies in DC, Stanford and Orange County in solidarity with people of Iran


Iranian-Americans have been holding rallies in various towns and states in solidarity with the people of Iran who are protesting the outcome of the recent presidential elections. Iranians are demanding that a new and fair election be held with  independent monitoring of the voting and the tabulation of the votes.


The silent march on June 16 in Tehran
- photo by Syma Sayyah


Following are some of the rallies planned this week:

Stanford, California: Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Stanford oval, the green area after Palm Drive
Street: Palm Drive

In the aftermath of the Iranian presidential elections, reports from Tehran show turmoil throughout Iran. There are serious allegations of major fraud during the election and the subsequent counting process. Numerous demonstrations are held all across the country to contest election results. Sadly, there are reports of beating protesters on the streets and invasion of major universities in Tehran, Esfahan and Shiraz. To show our deep concern about recent developments, Iranian and non-Iranian students in Northern California will gather on Stanford university campus to hold a peaceful demonstration. The goal is to show our solidarity with Iranian protesters and in particular students regardless of any political views.

* Please do not bring any flags of any kind
* Avoid anti-regime rhetoric--focus on the elections.

** Please note this event is NOT organized by Stanford Persian Student Association (PSA). I am merely using the PSA email list to inform all current and alumni Iranian students of such demonstration.**

Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=106449209624

Hope to see you all and please spread the word to your Iranian and
non-Iranian friends and colleagues.


Orange County: Wednesday, June 17 at 5 PM

This peaceful protest is a community event hosted by Iranian in Orange county In solidarity with the people in Iran.

Where: Jamboree Road & Barranca Parkway in the city of Irvine 

Request from Irvine Police Department: Protesters must stay on sidewalks at all times.
 


Washington, DC: Saturday, June 20 at 11am

Start: Iranian Interests Section, march to End: The White House

Iranian Interests Section
2209 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007

The announcement of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as winner of the Iranian presidential election came as an enormous shock.  The unprecedented number of Iranians who faithfully participated in the election have unfortunately been victims of a well orchestrated theft of their votes.  This blatantly fraudulent election result is symptomatic of a wider corruption and repression of Iranians by their government and yet another shameless denial of the Iranians' most basic human rights.   

Throughout the country, millions of Iranians are engaging in non-violent civic protest to protect their votes and counter the coup by Ahmadinejad's backers.  As Iranians living in the DC Metro area, we consider it our moral and civic duty to support our compatriots in their courageous struggle for a democratic Iran.  We invite you to join a demonstration in solidarity with the people of Iran on Saturday, June 20, beginning at 11am at the Iranian Interests Section.  We plan to march to the White House.

 Our main rallying call will be: "Respect the Vote, Condemn the Coup"

 Our specific demands will be:

  1. Annulling the fraudulent elections

  2. Holding new elections under supervision of independent monitors

  3. Urging the international community to not to recognize Ahmadinejad as the elected president

  4. Stopping the brutal attacks on students and non-violent protestors

  5. Supporting Iranians' mass civic nonviolent protests

  6. Freeing arrested protestors and political prisoners

  7. Removing obstructions to freedom of expression and high-tech communication services including internet, mobile phones, etc.

  8. Establishing an independent truth finding commission with representatives from all presidential candidates to investigate electoral fraud and bring perpetrators of the coup to justice  

  9. Stopping the US government's invitation to Ahmadinejad's diplomatic corps to attend Fourth of July celebrations at American embassies throughout the world   

Iranians are paying enormous costs to protect their most basic human rights.  We in the free world must help by voicing their demands and pressing the international community to respect their will and the integrity of their vote.

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