Hundreds Rally in Irvine Over Stolen Iranian Election

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Protest in Irvine denounces Iranian election

Hundreds of demonstrators flocked to a busy Irvine intersection Wednesday evening to denounce the disputed Iranian election.

The protesters filled all four corners of Jamboree Road and Barranca Parkway, shouting, chanting, waving flags and signs and cheering at the honks of passing motorists.

The demonstrators spoke out against incumbent Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who they accused of stealing the election. Most of the crowd dressed in green to support reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.

Many waved Iranian flags, as well as handwritten signs reading “Ballots not bullets,” “Stop violence against my people,” and “Where is my vote?”

“We’re trying to make a statement,” said Behshad Rahim of South Orange County. “We want our voices heard, our votes counted, and a legitimate, fair election.”

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  1 comment for “Hundreds Rally in Irvine Over Stolen Iranian Election

  1. Hail to the Chief
    June 19, 2009 at 10:45 am

    No no no – this is the wrong message.

    We need to emulate our President and not take sides. This is an Iranian issue and we should not encourage protesters as this might upset the current government. President Obama is playing it safe and so should we.

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