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Tuesday, February 9th 2010

Protest rally against the Iranian regime at reception in Vienna

STOP THE BOMB calling for protest against regime’s celebrations at the residence of the Iranian ambassador

Demanding "No support for the Iranian regime", the coalition STOP THE BOMB will stage a protest rally in front of the residence of the Iranian ambassador to Vienna on Wednesday, February 10th, starting from 6 pm (Address: Vienna, Lainzer Strasse/Corner Gloriettgasse). At that time, the ambassador will host an official reception to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the "Islamic revolution". The rally is supported, amongst others, by the Austrian Campaign against Anti-Semitism, the Liberal Forum, the Democratic Party Kurdistan-Iran (DPKI) and Iran Solidarity Austria as well as antifascist and Jewish organizations.

Hiwa Bahrami from the DPKI declares: "We will not remain silent when the Iranian regime is going to brutally crack down on the protests expected for the upcoming days, while the same regime disguises itself as a legitimate representative of the Iranian population here in Vienna." STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Simone Dinah Hartmann raises the question, who will participate in the reception to represent Austria: "We hope that journalists will inquire which diplomats, politicians and businessmen will act as willing decoration for the Iranian regime."

In their appeal to join the rally, the organizers demand the suspension of diplomatic relations with Iran, tough and immediate sanctions against the Iranian regime, the inclusion of the Revolutionary Guards in the EU’s terror list, and the support of those groups in Iran and in exile, which fight for "individual freedom, gender equality and a secular constitutional state."

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