"DEMONSTRATING FOR A FREE IRAN - D-DAY!!!: The Iranian students, who had been planning a significant protest today to mark the fourth anniversary of a brutal repression of pro-democracy student protesters at Tehran University, have been forced to cancel their planned demonstrations today after receiving warnings that a Tiananmen-like response was in the offings. A student leader told Reuters, "We received information that the other side wanted to heavily confront it and we didn't want to harm the movement and pay this heavy price." Foreign press were directed not to report on the event: in a fax to all foreign news organizations, the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance wrote, "It is expected that you do not attend any possible illegal gatherings."
But that doesn't mean that those of us who live in free nations can't show our support for them. We've listed here a few demonstrations of support that are taking place in several US and European cities. And the first of these, in Dallas last night, has already begun.
Here's a quick run-down of a few sympathy demonstrations taking place today in the US and Britain:
New York: from 11-2 at the Ralph Bunche Park and Dag Hammarksjold Plaza, at 47th and 1st Avenue
Washington, D.C.: 10:00 am at the West Front of the Capitol (with the participation of several Senators and administration officials)
Los Angeles: 5:00 pm, times outside the Federal Building in Westwood.
London: 2:30-4:30 Wednesday, in front of Number 10
Austin: 6 pm in front of the Capitol
Dallas, 5 pm on July 13th, at the Intercontinental Hotel
Houston: 5 pm on July 13th, at the Hilton on Westheimer Road."
(stolen and paraphrased from oxblog.blogspot.com)
It'll be interesting to see how many of the people in Austin who were so committed to the well being of the people of the middle east turn out to support the people seeking to get out from under the boot of a murderous, one-party, pseudo-socialist, fanatical theocracy.