Proclamation of Iranians at Chicago’s anti-Ahmadinejad rally, August 5th 2009

photo by Ann Oleinik
photo by Ann Oleinik

The following is the proclamation made by Chicago Iranians on August 5th, 2009. It is a response to the Inauguration that day in Tehran for the disputed re-election of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The rally was held at 6:30 pm in Daley Plaza, and lasted until 8:30.

The paragraphs were read by a speaker, while the “FREE IRAN” refrains were chanted by the crowd.

JACK

We have gathered here to protest the stolen Iranian election of June 12th and the swindle of the day: the inauguration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the President of Iran. It is our wish to:

FREE IRAN

We are here to declare that Ahmadinejad’s presidency is a massive hoax perpetrated by a tyrannical leader and executed up by a small circle of paramilitary generals. But we shall not rest until we:

FREE IRAN

We stand with the unarmed and peaceful protests of the people of Iran who have faced brutal beatings and killings and unimaginable repression and torture in secret prisons. All because they want a:

FREE IRAN

We condemn the velvet coup de tat that stole an election and wrecked whatever was left of the democratic process in Iran. We long for a:

FREE IRAN

We call on you, the people of Chicago, to join us in condemning the Stalinist show trial confessions extracted by torture from dissidents. Such sorry spectacles have no place in a:

FREE IRAN

We ask you, citizens of the world, to espress your solidarity with the struggles of the people of Iran for liberty and democracy and to deny the Ahmadinejad junta the diplomatic privileges extended to legitimate political leaders of the world. We don’t want Ahmadinejad to represent Iran because what he represents is not a:

FREE IRAN

We are not a small group of radicals. We stand with a 24 million strong movement of the people of Iran who call for their votes to be counted. They think it is finally time to:

FREE IRAN

This is not a movement for death and hatred. We are not calling for revenge and punishment. Our slogans don’t call for destruction. All we and the people of Iran ask is a normal life in a secular democracy. We want to be left alone to make our own choices about how to dress, think, and cote. We want freedom of religion, not a state-imposed religion. Surely this is not too much to ask. Surely it is reasonable to demand a:

FREE IRAN

Join us Chicago. Join us in our struggle to free Iran from the clutches of medieval torturers and demagogues who have committed massive fraud and are trying to crown themselves with the false laurels of victory. But the people of Iran have called their bluff. They have exposed their lies. They have bravely endured clubs and bullets to tell the world that they will not be silenced. Not until we have a:

Free Iran…Free Iran…Free Iran…

Free Iran…Free Iran…Free Iran…

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