Iranian-Americans plan worldwide demonstration

Since last month’s presidential elections in Iran, people within and beyond that country have staged large demonstrations to call for government transparency and free expression. Iranian-Americans in the Southland are planning another such demonstration tomorrow. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad says they’re coordinating with activists around the world.

Shirley Jahad: Organizers say Unite 4 Iran: A Global Day of Action will involve rallies in dozens of cities. Pantea Beigi is a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles event.

Pantea Beigi: This day is really about making sure we can be the voice of the Iranian people because they do not have that opportunity or freedom. We aren’t associated with any political opinion or party. This is simply a global act in the name of human rights for the Iranian people. And that’s why we are sponsored and endorsed by amazing human beings. Five, six Nobel peace laureates.

Desmond Tutu: I am Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Jahad: Tutu, who won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his activism in South Africa, endorsed Unite4Iran in this video:

Tutu: Join me in a worldwide rally on July the 25th to support and echo the voices of millions of Iranians who are demanding their civil and human rights.

Jahad: The event in Los Angeles begins tomorrow night at 6 on the UCLA campus.

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