No to Ahmadinejad, Yes to Human Rights: Rally at the UN, 9/23


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by Denise Romano

UPDATE (9/24. 10 a.m. ET): It has been reported that a small group of protesters discovered where Ahmadinejad was eating dinner and shouted slogans outside as he dined. Videos also surfaced late last night of protests outside of the Continental Hotel, where he and other officials were staying.

ORIGINAL: At the largest green movement rally in NYC so far, thousands of protesters marched from the Iranian Mission to United Nations Headquarters, chanting anti-Ahmadinejad slogans as Iran’s controversial ‘President’ prepared to speak at this week’s General Assembly.

The streets were filled with chants in Farsi and English, such as “Ya Hossein, Mir Hossein!” and “Liar, Liar, Go Away!” Iranian rapper Revolutions of the Mind performed a song about the election fallout in Iran. Giant green sheets were shot out of “guns” into the crowd, who held them up over their heads as protesters had ton in Tehran in June. Protesters donned “Solidarity with Iran” or other green t-shirts, wore masks to protect their families in Iran from retribution, and carried “Not My President” signs.

50-80 protesters remained outside of the United Nations until after 8 p.m., hoping to greet an exiting Ahmadinejad.

The marchers began gathering shortly after 11 a.m. By 4:30 p.m. the crowd size peaked at an unofficially estimated 4,000, with some estimates placing that number at 7,000 and 10,000. The event was organized by Where is My Vote? – New York Chapter and covered broadly by the mainstream media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Voice of America, CNN, and others.

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[Quotes and interviews with attendees coming shortly.]







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5 responses to “No to Ahmadinejad, Yes to Human Rights: Rally at the UN, 9/23

  1. My heart is bursting with pride over how so many united to demand freedom and civil liberties for our Iranian brothers and sisters.
    This is not about politics; this is not about power;
    this is about the human rights for everyone.

  2. I wonder if anyone would comment on how they think Obama is handling the Iran situation.

    Has he done enough?

    Is he doing enough?

    Thanks so much for this blog!

    Does my poor heart good to see the demonstrators at the Brooklyn Bridge.

  3. Sen. McCain reads an AP article on protest crackdown but mainly focuses on the death of the woman known as “Neda,” who was killed and her video posted on YouTube. He then reads another article detailing the death.

    Added: June 22, 2009

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