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Local students protest Iranian election results [Updated]

June 14, 2009 |  1:54 pm

Hundreds of people protested outside the Federal Building in Westwood today against what many believed was vote tampering in the recent presidential election in Iran, according to demonstration organizers.

[Update: Associated Press estimated the number of protesters in the dozens.]

The protest, organized by students from various Southern California colleges, including USC and UCLA, began about 11 a.m. at Wilshire Boulevard and Veteran Avenue.

Cars honked as sign-wielding protesters shouted, “Where is my vote?” and “One country, one state,” in English, Persian and Farsi, according to student Philip Grant.

Grant, a 32-year-old doctoral candidate at UC Irvine who is studying Iranian women’s-rights activists, said the event was planned shortly after hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad easily won a second term over reformist Mir-Hossein Mousavi.

“People expected at the very least this election to be close,” Grant said. “This was a predetermined coup d’etat.”

He said the area's Iranian student community as well as its supporters wanted to show solidarity with demonstrators in Iran.

-- Corina Knoll

Photo: A group of protesters chant slogans against Iran's election results. Credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times

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