Skip to comments.Iranian Alert - September 9, 2006 - Harvard Students Plan Khatami Protest
Posted on 09/09/2006 2:55:22 PM PDT by freedom44
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Student protestors seeking amends for human rights abuses in Iran will greet former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami when he makes a highly scrutinized appearance at the Kennedy School of Government on Sunday.
Khatami, an Islamic cleric who led Iran from 1997 to 2005, is set to speak at 4 p.m. tomorrow on the Ethics of Tolerance in the Age of Violence at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.
The Iran Freedom Concert Coalition, a student group that staged concerts to support Iranian dissidents last spring, is organizing the protest, which takes place when many Harvard College students are still away from Cambridge on summer recess. With all the concern over Irans nuclear program, we need to do whatever we can to keep the regimes civil rights abuses in the spotlight, one of the protests organizers, Adrian N. Gaty 07, wrote in an e-mail. The protest is set to begin at 3 p.m. in the John F. Kennedy Park adjacent to the Kennedy School.
Harvard protestors tomorrow will demand the release of Tehran protestor Ahmed Batebi, who was initially charged with a death sentence for endangering national security. His sentence was later reduced to 10 years in prison following international outcry. College Democrats President Eric P. Lesser 07 said the group supports Khatamis right to speak, but that it would be hypocritical for Khatami not to acknowledge Irans own human-rights abuses in his speech. The group released a statement on Friday calling on Khatami to condemn the abuses and the actions of Khatamis successor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during the speech.A Daily Briefing of Major News Stories on Iran:
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I was hoping this group would protest Khatami.
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Both members of the Harvard Young Republicans will be there.
They have two now?
They had a big recruiting drive.
LOL!!! That was good. Actually I have a couple of friends at Harvard Law School who are big Republicans.
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Sorry I didn't see this in time. If yu come across any other Khatami appearances we can nail, gimme a shout.