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More than 2,000 people turned out in New York City to march from Time Square to the United Nations in support of those denied basic human rights in Iran as part of the Global Day of Action for Iran.
The march began with a massive turnout in Times Square, where organizers led chants, gave pep speeches, and sang Persian protest songs. A smaller group of monarchists gathered across the street, separated because of disagreements the two groups have about the future of Iran.
From Times Square, attendees marched to the South African mission to the United Nations to pay homage to the anti-apartheid movement, with one organizer reminding the crowd that if “they can do it in South Africa, they can do it in Iran.” The crowd then moved to the Iranian mission to the United Nations and sang Yare Dabestani, a song popularized in the 1979 Revolution, and now reclaimed by the Green Movement.
Finally, thousands poured into Dag Hammerskjold Plaza across the street from United Nations headquarters. There, they listened to speeches by Mehdi Saharkhiz, son of a publisher imprisoned in Iran; Ken Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch; and Mansour Farhang, the IRI’s first ambassador to the United Nations. Three musical acts also performed, including Freedom Glory Project and Fared Shafinury.
NYC for Iran’s partner organization, Finding Bibi, also live-tweeted from the march and the UN rally. View them by clicking here.
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