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Global Action Day for Iran

22. Juli 2009 um 14:37 Uhr von Atari-Frosch

This is an international call for solidarity with the peaceful protests by the reform movement, students and civil and women’s rights activists in Iran. On July 25th, 2009, people from everywhere gather for demonstrations, pickets, and even hunger strikes.

From the official call:

We join those who called for worldwide Iran demonstrations on 25 July and the 100 people who took part in the protests against the Shah on 2 June 1967 and now support the protests against the rigged election and the suppression of freedom of opinion and assembly, who are shocked at the brutal violence against demonstrators and mourn those killed or tortured: we want to encourage lasting peaceful protests and memorial services and call for practical help for those arrested or who have disappeared, commemorating their names.

We will not forget the names of those arrested and killed or disappeared and in home arrest in Iran since 12 June 2009.

We demand an end to violence and killing, the release of those arrested, the lifting of media and Internet censorship, an end to spying activities and violence against members of the opposition and their families.

We demand all government bodies in Berlin to press for civil liberties and respect for human dignity of civil-rights activists in Iran.

We demand all governments, banks and chambers of commerce to cease any relations and business with Iran which aid the suppression and repression of reformist groups.

A large majority of Iran’s population has used peaceful demonstrations, songs, gestures and images to show that they want peace, freedom and civil and women’s rights and that they do not want to be isolated from the colourful and open world.

We have great respect for their moral courage.

(Source: Demo Berlin)

  • Düsseldorf: demonstration from 12:00 - 14:00, starting at the marketplace.
  • Berlin: 13:00 - 15:00, Potsdamer Platz/Stresemannstraße

2 Kommentare zu “Global Action Day for Iran”

  1. arezou quakte:

    Who are behind this demonstration? Reformists?? We don’t have reformists in Iran people must choose between worse and worst. Iranian people have been brutalized, imprisoned, tortured and murdered by the whole and entire murderous regime including Mousavi, Rafsanjani, Khatami, Akbar Ganji, Sazegara (the so-called reformists or opposition) with the cooperation of intellectuals such as Shirin Ebadi, Alireza Nourizadeh, Abbas Milani, Trita Parsi, Houshang Amirahmadi etc etc….

    Your flyer says: „We will not forget the names of those arrested and killed or disappeared and in home arrest in Iran since 12 June 2009“. Good but how about people arrested or died before 12 June 2009? Iranians have been held hostage for 30 years not since 12 June 2009.

    Your demands are also fine but how about to add the demand of a change of regime. This only demand will automatically satisfy all your other demands. Iranians demand a change of regime, they don’t want Islamic Republic any more (icluding the so-called reformists, opposition who only exist in your mind liar).

    Stop playing this game. Iranaians are not fool anymore we are not in 1979 anymore, we have evoluated. WE ALL SAY IT LOUD DOWN WITH ISLAMIC REPUBLIC. If you attend this rally please say it LOUD MARG BAR JOMHOURYE ZANSETIZE ENSANSETIZE ESLAMI.


  2. frosch quakte:

    The Global Action Day for Iran has been started by United4Iran (can also be found on Twitter). Their site says:

    Nobel Peace Laureates, prominent Iranian poets & artists, and many others support the global day of action: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Shirin Ebadi, Sean Penn, Dariush, Jody Williams, Betty Williams, Mairead Maguire, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Simin Behbahani, and Ismael Khoii.

    I don’t play games. But I think it is not our (meaning: people from outside Iran) right to demand the Iran Republic to go down. That is the right of those who live there, or those who came from there and still have families there. I was born, grew up and am socialized in Germany. Who am I to tell Iranians about their way of life, their way they have to organize their country? They must chose.

    I must confess that I don’t know what happened in Iran before June 12th this year. But I see, hear and read what happens now. So I protest against something I have got an impression about: Beating and killing of people who tell their opinion in public, a friend of mine been beaten in prison (fortunately released after two days), and a rigged election.

    One objection: A change of regime unfortunately does not automatically give all rights to the people. Read George Orwell’s „Animal Farm” to know what I mean.

    At last I think that an international solidarity call by reformists is better than none at all. I live in Düsseldorf and will be there tomorrow at the marketplace, but I won’t shout your parole. Your demands go further than that of the solidarity call; so do, what you think is necessary. I will do what I think is necessary and what I can and may do: Showing solidarity in the street and trying to adjust my OpenVPN against the censorship methods of Iran’s government.

    By the way, if you have an idea why the TLS handshake for those from Iran does not work anymore since July 13th and how I can avoid that, let me know. 🙂