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“How Can You Sleep At Night?” Protesters sound off to Ahmadinejad

by Denise Romano

During the events this week, NYC for Iran asked people what they would say to Ahmedinejad if they ever met him. The words speak for themselves.

“You are not an elected president,” said Marmary, who was visiting NY from Iran.

“You are not my president. You are a dictator,” said Mitra, also visiting NY from Iran.

“It would be very hard to get into a conversation with him. He knows how to screw up a conversation. He has no logic. I would ask the legal authorities to arrest him,” said Jay, 26, of Texas.

“How can you sleep at night? Your bed is drowning in blood. But he would never answer the question,” said Ethan, 27, of San Francisco.

“You are the master of narcissism. You are manipulative, self-indulgent, and self-centered. You are a user and an abuser,” said Maryann, 30-something, of Los Angeles.

For more on the events of this past week, see the following posts:
“Iran Alive” Film Protest w/ Human Screen, 9/22
“No to Ahmadinejad, Yes to Human Rights,” Protest at the United Nations, 9/23
Green Scroll March Across the Brooklyn Bridge, 9/24


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.]

“Iran Alive” Film Protest at the United Nations, 9/22

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by Denise Romano

Tomorrow a massive protest is planned outside of the United Nations to oppose Iranian ‘President’ Ahmadinejad as he speaks at the General Assembly. Tonight, however, dozens of early comers gathered at 47th Street and 2nd Avenue for the “Iran Alive” Film Protest, organized by Where is My Vote?-NY Chapter.

Organizers gathered several volunteers clad in white to form a performing human screen, upon which was projected a video compilation of the summer’s events, as well as seemingly countless “Ahmadinejad is not my president” testimonies from Iranians in English and Farsi.

Just before the film began, the crowd shifted its attention to a group of arriving bicyclists. The group, Cycling for Human Rights in Iran, began their ride in Toronto three days before. Their arrival was met with huge applause and hundreds of camera flashes.

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[Interviews with attendees posted soon]

Global Day of Action for Iran in New York City, 7/25

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by Denise Romano

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.

See the full photo slideshow by clicking here. Also, be sure to check out the videos below.

Fast for Iran at the United Nations, Day 3, 7/24

by Denise Romano

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On the third and final day of the Fast/Hunger Strike for Iran at the United Nations, as with other days, hundreds of Iranians from New York to Vancouver to Norway turned out in solidarity with protesters in Iran.

Today capped off an incredibly successful week for organizers of the Hunger Strike for Iran. Iranian and other celebrities, including Noam Chomsky, Isabella Rossellini, and Gogoosh, all made appearances.

In addition to some devoted participants in the fast, attendees signed enormous cloth scrolls. They heard speeches in Farsi and English from writers, scholars, students, family of those imprisoned, and celebrities. They brandished roses as protesters in Kerman had done. Musicians, including Freedom Glory Project, performed and organizers led chants.

The fast built momentum for tomorrow’s Global Day of Action, where thousands upon thousands are expected to turnout worldwide at events in support of the protesters across the Islamic Republic.

Popular NYC-area Twitter user @OnlyMehdi live-tweeted all three days of the fast. Click here to see the whole slideshow, or watch the videos below for more. Note: The video speeches are all in Farsi.

Fast for Iran at the United Nations, Day 2, 7/23

by Denise Romano

The fast/hunger strike for Iran outside of the United Nations, which started Wednesday, begins its final day today.  The event has not only received extensive mention in the American press, but worldwide as well.  Mir Hossein Mousavi’s Facebook page has displayed videos from the fast, and mentions of the gathering have been seen on BBC Persian and Voice of America.  Hundreds have attended each day, from ordinary Iranian-Americans showing their solidarity to prominent writers, scholars, and celebrities.

NYC for Iran didn’t make it to day two, but as day three begins, we share with you videos and accounts directly from some of the attendees and organizers at yesterday’s gathering.  Thanks to all for bringing these to our attention:

Live-tweets of each day’s events are available from @OnlyMehdi, a trusted NYC-area Twitter user whose father is imprisoned in Iran.

CNN has reported on the first and second days so far

Akbar Ganji speaks – July 23rd

Noam Chomsky visits the fast – July 23rd

Faramaz Aslani plays for the crowd – July 23rd

Fast for Iran at the United Nations, Day 1, 7/22

by Denise Romano

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UPDATE: CNN also attended the event. See their report, posted here.

Several Green Movement groups in New York have organized a 3-day fast outside of the United Nations. Hundreds turned out throughout the first day, today, to stand in solidarity with the protesters in Iran. A scroll and painting were signed by the attendees; speakers visited throughout the day, including some of the Iranian-American community’s most popular voices; and many of the participants refrained from eating from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

As one photo shows, a very small group of monarchists attended, but had to stand across the street from the main gathering, unwelcome by a crowd with as little tolerance for the Pahlavi enthusiasts.

Speakers included Akbar Ganji, Googoosh, Fatemeh Haqiqatjoo, Mehrangiz Kar, Edbi, Hamid Dabashi, and Isabella Rossellini.

Check out the full slideshow or the videos below. Interviews with some of the attendees will follow.

The fast continues tomorrow and Friday, followed Saturday by a march from Times Square to the United Nations as part of the Global Day of Action. Popular NYC-area Twitter user @OnlyMehdi live-tweeted today’s event and will continue through the week.

Information on this week’s events can be found on these sites:
Fast/Hunger Strike for Iran – Official Facebook page for the fast/hunger strike at the United Nations
Global Day of Action, New York – Official Facebook event page for New York’s Global Day of Action
Fast/Hunger Strike for Iran – Official website for the fast (mostly Persian)