LA area Iranians turn out for Global Day of Demonstrations

File photo of Iranians demonstrating against the result of the recent Iranian presidential elections, outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles on June 28, 2009.
File photo of Iranians demonstrating against the result of the recent Iranian presidential elections, outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles on June 28, 2009. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of Iranian-Americans and their supporters turned out for a protest in Westwood this weekend. It was part of a global day of demonstrations around the world in support of people inside Iran.

KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more from the event at UCLA.

Shirley Jahad: Musicians performed as the crowd filled UCLA’s Bruin Plaza. The event was one of several demonstrations around the world dubbed “Unite for Iran.”

At the Los Angeles protest, speakers talked about support for people inside Iran facing a clampdown after the disputed presidential elections there. Musicians played and sang – and at one point people in the crowd sang along.

UCLA students Zahra and Soheila were among those singing along, and translate the song:

Soheila: Pretty much saying, asking the bird of freedom to sing out loud for freedom.
Jahad: Is it an old song?
Zahra: It goes back a hundred years ago and its pretty popular, especially in light of what’s going on right now in Iran.

Jahad: Soheila and Zahra have been in the U.S. a couple of years, and explain the message of the event:

Soheila: We're here to show our solidity with people in Iran and show our support because we’re part of them.
Zahra: And even though we’re living outside Iran, our heart is still beating for them, and they are not alone.

Jahad: Demonstrators are calling on Iran to release all political prisoners arrested in the aftermath of the presidential elections.

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