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Iranian Americans from California join protest of Ahmadinejad's visit to United Nations

September 24, 2009 |  2:07 pm


Hundreds of Iranian Americans, including a large contingent from California, marched across the Brooklyn Bridge today to denounce Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who heralded his disputed reelection as a “fully democratic” event Wednesday in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

Protestors chanted “Hey ho, Ahmadinejad’s got to go” as they marched, many wearing green and holding green scrolls on sticks that stretched a mile long. The color green has been adopted by opponents of Ahmadinejad since the disputed June 12 election.

Charges that Ahmadinejad’s victory was a fraud began immediately, leading to violent street protests.

Today’s march was organized by Voices 4 Iran and other organizations and is part of a series of protests that have been held in New York City this week during Ahmadinejad’s visit.

As Ahmadinejad spoke to the General Assembly on Wednesday, thousands of protesters staged a demonstration outside United Nations headquarters. Among them was Orange County business owner, Shoja Adel, 55.

“All Iranians are activists today” said Adel, who also joined the march on the Brooklyn Bridge today. 

Parham Poorzanz, 27, a student at Cal State East Bay and a member of the nonprofit organization, NORCAL4Iran, said he was saddened that a “close-minded” leader is representing his country. He said he was also embarrassed that Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust.

-- Amber Smith reporting from New York

Photo: Iranian American demonstrators march across Brooklyn Bridge

Credit: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times