November 20, 2004


Iranians Rally at Capitol for Democracy: Rights Abuses Condemned; U.S. Is Urged to Drop Rebels From Terrorism List (Manny Fernandez, November 20, 2004, Washington Post)

The crowd around her chanted for democracy in Iran yesterday, and Zolal Habibi thought of her father. She said Mohammad Hossein Habibi, a writer and human rights activist, was killed in 1988 in Iran for speaking out against the Iranian government.

Habibi, 23, joined thousands of Iranian Americans yesterday at a rally outside the U.S. Capitol to denounce human rights abuses, political executions and nuclear ambitions of an Islamic republic that they called an oppressive regime. Habibi wiped tears from her eyes as a large television screen showed pictures of the victims of political and religious executions.

"I know that my dad would be proud of me today," she said.

Iranian American families came to Washington from across the country for the march down Pennsylvania Avenue NW and rally outside the Capitol.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 20, 2004 10:39 AM
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