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Wednesday, February 9th 2011

Rally against Iranian regime at Vienna reception

STOP THE BOMB demonstrates at the Iranian ambassador's residence, invite to a lecture on the Iranian freedom movement

With the slogan "Down with the Islamic Republic", the STOP THE BOMB coalition is going to hold a rally on Friday, 11 February, at Lainzer Straße/Gloriettegasse in Hietzing at 6 p.m. The protestors speak out against a reception at the Iranian ambassador's residence, celebrating the anniversary of the "Islamic revolution." The rally is supported, among others, by Liberales Forum, Grüne Andersrum, and the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI). The day before the reception, on Thursday, 10 February, STOP THE BOMB invite everyone interested to a lecture by Saeed Ghasseminejad, spokesman of the Liberal Students Organization of Iran. Ghasseminejad will speak on "the future of the Iranian freedom movement" at 7:30 p.m. in Raum D of the Vienna Museumsquartier.

Hiwa Bahrami (PDKI) summarizes the rally's concern in one point: "We are not going to watch in silence while the Islamic Republic - that continues to suppress the freedom movement in Iran with brutal force - celebrates itself in Vienna. Whereas the regime has thoroughly lost its legitimacy in the eyes of a large part of the Iranian population, those accepting the invitation to such a reception - politicians, business representatives and diplomats - court the dictatorship of ayatollahs and revolutionary guards." STOP THE BOMB spokeswoman, Simone Dinah Hartmann, would like to know who is going to represent the Austrian side at the reception: "We hope that journalists will ask questions as to who the politicians, diplomats and business representatives are who place themselves at the disposal of a regime that executed 65 persons in January alone."

In its call to the rally, STOP THE BOMB demands an end to the useless dialogue with the rulers of Tehran, support of the democratic and secular opposition committed to the rule of law, as well as harsh and comprehensive sanctions that make it impossible for the Tehran regime to continue its nuclear arms program.





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