Report submitted by Tiko Japaridze, co-organizer of the Tbilisi protests
Today, at 2 pm, around 30 people gathered in front of the Government of Georgia’s Chancellery to express their protest against death executions in Iran. The organizers prepared an open letter, which was signed by all protesters participating in the demonstration and was submitted to the President of Georgia, the Parliament of Georgia, the Gender Equality Council under the Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.
In the open letter, protesters address the government of Georgia with a demand for putting pressure on IRI to stop stoning, death executions, torturing and persecutions of people, especially women and children, in Iran. The protesters intend to upload the open letter on various websites and collect even more signatures for sending to the above mentioned authorities.
As for the format of the protest, which lasted for 25 minutes, it had the shape of people lined up waiting for the execution of their death penalties. The central figure was a symbol of a woman to be stoned, wrapped in a white blanket and sitting on the ground surrounded by stones. Behind her, there was a sign saying ‘Death Row’ followed by protesters holding nametags of those people who are facing an imminent risk of executions in Iran. Some of the participants were also holding signs with the slogans condemning death executions in Iran and expressing solidarity to Iranian people.
Noteworthy, the number of female and male protesters was equal, which was a very pleasant fact for the participants of the demonstration since it emphasized the universality of the discontent against the violation of one of the most basic rights of humans – the right to life.
The organizers of the action as well as its participants hope that the reaction of Georgian government will be prompt and appropriate.
Several media companies provided the coverage of the protest:
Online Magazine: www.netgazeti.ge
Online News Website: www.civil.ge
wir fordern alle Frieden initiativen Organisationen und
freihaeitsliebenden Menchen in der Welt auf.
Die Unterdrückung im Iran nicht schweigend mit anzusehen,
Sondern mit allen Mitteln dieses Terrorregime zu verurteilen und
Gemeinsam zu handeln.
Die Menschenrechtsverletzungen im Iran kann mit weltweiten
Protestaktionen gestoppt werden.
mit Demonstrationen und Protestaktionen geben
sich mühe auf die Situation der iranischen Bevölkerung hinzuweisen
Diese öffentlichkeitsarbeit werden wir auch weiterhin betreiben
die islamisch Regierung im Iran muss vollständig wirtschaftlich
boykottiert und politisch isoliert werden
Alle politischen Gefangen im Iran müssen Sofort Freigelassen
Und die Hinrichtungen im Iran müssen gestoppt und
Pressefreiheit im Iran und gleiche Rechte für Frauen
müssen geschaffen und respektiert werden
Please tell me how to get protests going in Honolulu, Hawaii for your ILoveIran/FreeIran causes. Thank you.
Diane! Thank you so much for asking!!! :)
Here’s a good guide to get you started: https://missionfreeiran.org/2010/07/07/stand-up/
After you read that, check out the event reports like the one you’ve seen here by the Georgian activists – there are event reports from all around the world and you can see the different things that people have done.
Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions or need any kind of help – firstname.lastname@example.org. Actually, we’d really like to stay in touch with you and work with you as part of our activist network. :) <3