DC Iranian Americans are not tiring as they become reenergized by seeing their fellow Iranians continue to protest despite the violence. Yesterday, more than 200 hundred people gathered outside of the Iranian Interest Section in Washington, DC. Black and green colored the crowd that came together to mourn the loss of lives in Iran, and to show their solidarity with the Iranian people. Individuals held signs asking, “Where is My Vote?” and sang song such as “Ey Iran” and “Yar e Dabestani.” About an hour into the gathering the crowd marched in silence, following the example of their counterparts in Iran, towards the Russian Embassy. This act was conducted in defiance of Russia’s recognition of Ahmadinejad’s victory during his visit to the state on Tuesday. Further, participants held a candle light vigil and a moment of silence to honor the loss of innocent lives in the aftermath of recent protests in Iran.

The next gathering will be on Thursday, June 18th at 6 PM in front of the Iranian Interest Section and they will walk probably walk to the Russian and Chinese Embassy. This gathering will be followed by another one on Saturday June 20th (Global Protest: Where is My Vote?) at 11 am in front of the Iranian Interest Section in Washington, DC.

Iranian Americans have overwhelming come out in support of Moussvai, or at in support of free and fair elections. Most Iranian Americans have friends and families in the Tehran, who support Moussavi, and not the poorer provinces in Iran where Ahmadinejad does have real support- so naturally they are standing in solidarity with them. We have not seen any pro-Ahmadinejad protests to date, however, if there are any, please let us know as want people to have a complete picture of what Iranian-American reactions have been.

Posted By Michelle Moghtader

    5 Responses to “DC Iranians Americans Expand Frustration to Russians…then Chinese”

  1. Parisa says:

    there was one ahmadinejad supporter who showed up for an hour or so at monday’s dc protest. he was booed away…

  2. Babak says:

    Just an update…

    Where Is My Vote? (DC) will hold an event on Saturday at 3:00pm (not 11:00am). we will meet at a location TBD – most likely on the Mall (dependent on pending Permit application).

    Follow us on FB for updates on the location.

  3. Babak says:

    I noticed that you have changed the time for the Saturday demonstrations from 11am to 3pm. As far as I know, there are also other groups showing up at 11am in front of the IR embassy.

    Wouldn’t it be better and more impressive if all of us show up at the same time (i.e. 11am) in front of the embassy instead of part of us show up at 11 and the rest at 3pm? This change of time was very short notice and I don’t know how many people will take note of it. I think it would be a good idea if you keep the start time at 11am so that all of Iranians can gather there instead of being seperated.

  4. Morvarid says:

    Are you aware of any on-line petition or statement addressing the Interest Section or the above embassies we could sign so that they know there are far more people supporting the protesters even if they can not be present at the DC rallies? If not, could NIAC initiate one, please?

  5. DJ says:

    I just wanted to share photos that I took of the Iranian Solidarity Rally in DC on h-u(22-Jun) 2009, which is posted on Webshots.com via this link:

    Slideshow: http://news.webshots.com/slideshow/573155009FeyJJo

    Personally, each photo is better viewed individually by simply clicking on any photo during the slideshow.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the brave Iranian protesters who are fighting and sacrificing themselves for freedom and democracy.


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