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Iranian disapora joins international protests

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Iranian disapora joins international protests


Iranians in countries all over the world are watching and waiting for news from home.

In Seoul, South Korea, during a World Cup qualifying match some of the players in Iran’s national football team wore green wristbands in a daring show of support for reformist figurehead Mirhossein Mousavi – a highly visible sign of discontent over the disputed election result. Outside the stadium, 50-year-old Iranian Sina Park said: “The people were quiet for thirty years. They were shut down and their voice was not heard anywhere else. But now is the time that their voice is being heard all over the world.” Outside the UN Building in Geneva, Switzerland angry Iranians gathered to voice their concern not only over the unrest in Iran but increasingly their complaints are being directed at what they say is the repressive nature of the current regime. “I’m here to protest against repression in Iran, of students and the Iranian people,” said one of the demonstrators. “I don’t support Ahmadinejad or Mousavi, but I oppose the continuing repression in Iran.” In Rome, Italy, the Iranian diaspora held an impromptu demonstration in front of the Iranian embassy. Sanas Parto said: “Ahmadinejad does not represent us at all, in his speeches, in his Islamic extremism,” said one protester. “Iran is an Islamic country, but it is not extremist. You see the people and what you see here is the same also in Iran. So he does not represent us at all.” However eager the Iranian authorities may be to snuff out dissent at home it seems they will face growing and vociferous opposition from abroad that will not be so easy to silence.

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