Bored with the outrage that our own government has offered in recent months, Greater Phoenix is going global and will be one of 50 sites across the planet that will protest the controversial elections in Iran last month.
The hoopla stems from the June 12th election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and allegations that he stole the election, which caused violence in Iran between government and opposition groups.
After a 26-year-old woman was shot and killed by what is believed to be a member of the Iranian military, and images and video of the incident was broadcast across the world, the government threw all foreign journalists out of the country. The idea was to keep the world from seeing what we call government insanity. Well, Tehran; you're anywhere from 30 to 2000 years too late for that.
One organizer of the local event, Bitta Mostofi, tells the Arizona Republic that the goal of the protest is to lend a voice to the Iranian people, who had theirs taken by an oppressive government.
"Regardless of the election results, this is a voice of millions of people across the world saying to (Iranian protesters), we're coming out on the 25th, and we stand in solidarity with your right not to be detained, not to be killed, while speaking your voices peacefully," she says.
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The rally will be held on Saturday, July 25th at 7:30 p.m. at the bridge that crosses University Drive between Rural Road and Mill Avenue in Tempe.
In related news, the weather report for Saturday, July 25th at 7:30 p.m. calls for either a blistering 110 degrees and sunny, or monsoon conditions. Sounds like a delightful time to be walking around outside; have fun with that.