Thursday, July 2, 2009

NYC Rally for Killed and Detained in Iran

by Julie Jigsawnovich

Names of Iranians killed by Basiji and other forces, since the June 12th election, were read aloud last night at a rally in Union Square in Manhattan. Before reading them, a speaker mentioned the military coup that occurred in Honduras within the last few days. Drawing parallels in terms of the suppression of freedom in Iran and Honduras, the speaker showed solidarity with people suffering human rights violations in both countries by asking everyone to say the Spanish word, "Presente," after each Iranian name. In this context, "Presente" was meant as something to warn or remind.

photo: Julie Jigsawnovich

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