2 vigils held for 3 Berkeley hikers in Iran

September 30, 2009 7:07:15 PM PDT
Three U.C. Berkeley graduates were detained in Iran two months ago and on Wednesday night vigils are being held across the nation to remind everyone of their detention and ask for their freedom.

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Two vigils were held Wednesday night, one at the Berkeley BART station. The vigils mark the arrest of Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, and Sarah Shourd. They were three hikers that are being held by the Iranian government, accused of illegal entry for accidentally wondering across an unmarked boarder in the mountain of Iraq's Kurdish region.

Last week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad softened his stance, saying the case should be expedited with the Americans given "maximum leniency."

On Tuesday, Swiss diplomats were allowed to visit the three hikers for the first time. Shourd's mother told ABC7 she worries constantly about her 31-year-old daughter.

"Your children are always your children no matter how old they are and I miss her in my body, you know? I just want to hug her so badly. I think about her all the time and I worry about her in a million different ways. I'm worried that she's comfortable, that she has something to do with her beautiful mind, that she's being treated well and that she's able to do the things that make her feel good. I'm hoping," says Nora Shourd, Sarah's mother.

Nora also told ABC7 she did receive a full account of the visit by the Swiss diplomat. She's says her daughter and her two friends were given hugs, chocolate, and fruit by their visitors and that they appeared to be holding up well under the circumstances.

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