Supporters of Iranians gather in Chicago's Loop

July 25, 2009 3:35:54 PM PDT
Hundreds of people rallied in the Loop Saturday to show solidarity with the people of Iran and to fight for human rights.The protest at the intersection of Adams and Dearborn called on Iran to end its clampdown on opposition activists. Protesters also called for the release of hundreds of detainees rounded up during demonstrations against the country's disputed election in June.

Among the speakers at Saturday's rally was journalist Roxana Saberi, who was jailed in Iran for three months earlier in the year.

"Why are we speaking out? Because we know that remaining silent won't help those Iranians who are being wronged. Maybe because we know that what happens in Iran today will not only effect its roughly 70 million people, but also generations of Iranians to come," Saberi said to those gathered.

More than 100 similar rallies were held worldwide Saturday in what organizers called a global day of action and solidarity. The rallies were backed by international watchdog groups Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.


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