This is the agenda that has been set for the Washington DC September 18 protest against allowing the Regime of Stoning and Flogging to attend the UN General Assembly. The protest will be held Saturday, September 18 at 1pm at the United Nations Information Center at 1775 K St NW, Washington, DC. A list of the messages we will carry on our signs and the statement for the event are provided below.
12:45: Organizers arrive
1:00: Assign people to hand out flyers and talk to passers-by
1:15: Welcome & brief overview of the purpose of and agenda for the event
1:20: Begin chants, which will be targeted primarily at the UN; we will also call for the arrest of Ahmadinejad if he is allowed entry to the United States, and we will call for the demise of the Islamic Republic.
1:40: Open microphone: for those who want to address the group, people are given a maximum of 5 minutes per person to express themselves
1:55: The Statement of the Protest Action of September 18, 2010 (text is below) will be read by the organizer to close the event.
Slogans for signs include the following:
Arrest Ahmadinejad, Murderer of Iranian People!
The Islamic Republic Does Not Represent People in Iran!
The Islamic Republic Is the Murderer of People in Iran!
U.N.! No podium for the Islamic Republic!
U.N.! Stop Supporting the Genocidaires in Iran!
U.N.! Stop Endorsing the Regime of Rape in Iran!
U.N.! Stop Accepting Execution in Iran!
The U.N. Condones 31 Years of Killing in Iran
The U.N. Knew about Genocide in Iran… and Stayed Silent
U.N.: Your Silence on Atrocities in Iran Is Your Consent
The Statement of the Protest Action of September 18, 2010 against the Regime of Flogging and Stoning
Today’s international actions are a continuation of the international actions of July 24th and August 28, 2010. They are yet another reflection of the solidarity of people around the world with the people of Iran, who have risen heroically to bring down the Islamic regime of stoning and qesas and hijab and torture and execution. Today, once again, we declare that this regime is the murderer of Iranian people and the shame of humanity. It must be replaced by a humane government.
Flogging and stoning and execution and imprisonment and torture are political tools of this government, used to terrorize the society and suppress the rising wave of peoples’ protests. And today, people all over the world identify the Islamic Republic with this savagery. People around the world have very well realized that this is a religious, reactionary and misogynist government that has forcibly imposed a system of gender apartheid, reactionary sharia law and total denial of legal rights upon Iranian people.
Today, on the 18th of September 2010, as a continuation of the demands of the 100 Cities of the World protests on August 28, we declare our demands as follows:
1. We fully support the struggle of Iranian people against this savage, religious regime. We declare that the path to freedom for Iranian people is not through threats, military incursions, or economic sanctions, but rather is through the force of peoples’ struggle in Iran and all across the world to pull down the Islamic Republic.
2. Flogging, stoning, execution and torture should be abolished. We demand that the United Nations, in a special resolution, unequivocally forbids these kinds of punishments in all countries.
3. We demand that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and all of those who have been imprisoned on charges of extramarital sexual relationships or homosexuality, as well as all political prisoners, should be freed from the Islamic Republic’s prisons immediately.
4. We declare that the Islamic Regime of Stoning should not be recognized as the Iranian government. This regime should be expelled from all international organizations, and all political contacts with it should be severed. We declare that the leaders of the Islamic Republic should be prosecuted in international court on charges of 31 years of genocide, mass executions of tens of thousands of political prisoners, gender apartheid, imprisonment, torture, execution, rape, and Islamic sharia’s inhumane punishments, all of which are flagrant violations of all international conventions and agreements.
We, along with the Iranian people, will continue our struggle until we achieve our demands. As an urgent action we strongly demand that Ahmadinejad, the president of the Regime of Stoning, be banned from the United Nations’ General Assembly in September 2010.
What an irony to practically ban Iranian asylum seekers from entering United States, but facilitate the same for IRI’s criminals committing genocide in Iran. The only place they should be given a Visa for is in Haig, Netherlands, and that’s to stand trial for their war crimes against humanity – including hanging executions of tens of thousands of Iranians in the last 31 years.!
Beautifully stated, dear Ham… you know, I will try to make a sign with that sentiment to take with us to NYC! It is really fitting.
please be aware of the protocol and procedures required to hold events in and around the UN building. Last year at a similar such protest, the army was required to intervene with the unregistered and random gathering of crowds to protest some money meeting. In order to be recognized as legitimate, you are required to follow the law as all Americans in the US
Although it is not required by law we went out of our way to file notice of assembly to protest at 1775 K St NW with the Washington DC metropolitan police, because they appreciate it when we do that. Not only was no intervention required by the armed forces for our legitimate and non-random gathering, the police, who by now are very familiar with Mission Free Iran activities, did not even bother to stop by to say hello to us. In closing, I would like to point out that the legitimacy of our cause stands for itself and does not require approval by any governmental authority to be recognized as legitimate.