Thousands in SF rally for freedom in Iran

July 25, 2009 5:33:48 PM PDT
Thousands hit the streets of San Francisco -- along with thousands more around the world -- demanding justice for the people of Iran.

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The situation in Iran, is heating back up. The country's opposition leaders urged senior clerics to help stop the violent post-election crackdown. It comes as a new round of protests broke out in Iran and across the globe -- including San Francisco.

Thousands of people packed Civic Center Plaza for a global day of action. San Francisco is one of 80 cities worldwide taking part to show support for Iran.

The June 12th Iranian presidential election sparked protests and violence primarily in Tehran. Many want a re-count. President Ahmadinejad's regime refuses and continues to claim victory.

"It looks like that election was very questionable; from all that we can tell, the results were counted even before the votes were finished, so that looked real bad," said California Attorney General Jerry Brown.

Brown and several other local leaders spoke at Saturday's rally. They want to re-affirm their hope for a freer Iran.

"Today we are united in solidarity with the people of Iran," said demonstrators.

"It's the minimum we can do living outside Iran," said a demonstrator from San Jose.

It's a support system that's growing as more and more images from Iran are released for the rest of the world to see.

"All the beating and killing of the young people, these are my brothers and sisters and I'm deeply affected when I see them beaten or being killed," said a demonstrator from San Jose.

"What we do hear from family it's terrible what's going on there right now, its total suppression of human rights. So we want to be out here to support them in any way we can," said Jennifer Padilla from San Jose.

"I think it's important to have the protests around the world because it shows the Iranian regime that they can't hide what they're doing and the world is watching," said artist Turaj Zaim.

Zaim is watching very closely; he says his father was arrested while protesting the election results in Tehran last month, he's still missing.

The demonstrators stood united, not just for those in Iran, but for each other.

Attendees were asked to fill out cards, they will be sent to the United Nations asking them to investigate the goings on in Iran.

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