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06/26/09

LA Mayor Villaraigosa Statement in Solidarity with Iranian Protesters

Source: Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA)


June 25, 2009, Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa yesterday released a statement for a protest in Solidarity with Iranian students, which was held in Sherman Oaks, CA. "I'm sorry I could not join you tonight to see the crowd of people lining the streets of Los Angeles in support of freedom in Iran," said Mayor Villaraigosa. "But make the voice of Tehran-geles heard in Tehran. Let them know that they are not alone, that the world stands with them in their quest for freedom and justice and a better future for Iran and the world."


Mayor Villaraigosa's Complete Statement:

With great regret, I couldn't make tonight's protest because of a pre-arranged trip to Sacramento, but I've sent the protest's student-organizers the following statement to be read on my behalf:

At the height of political and social unrest thirty years ago, thousands of Iranians risked everything for the chance of freedom in a new land. When they had to choose where to make their homes, where to raise their families, and where to start their businesses, they chose Los Angeles. Because of their courage, our City is a stronger city, and home to hundreds of thousands of Iranians -- the largest concentration of Persians outside of Iran.

You have all gathered here tonight in the same spirit that brought you and your families here thirty years ago. Because 7,000 miles away, people are dying for their right to representative democracy. Millions have taken to the streets of Tehran to make their voices heard. And we're here in Los Angeles tonight standing in solidarity with those courageous voices.

What we've learned anew from this seminal moment in history is that the voices of freedom know no boundaries. Messages of hope have traveled the globe by Twitter and Facebook. Shouts from the rooftops of Tehran echo in our hearts.

I'm sorry I could not join you tonight to see the crowd of people lining the streets of Los Angeles in support of freedom in Iran.

But make the voice of Tehran-geles heard in Tehran. Let them know that they are not alone, that the world stands with them in their quest for freedom and justice and a better future for Iran and the world.

Thank you.

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