Texas Tech Iranian students protest to stop violence in their country - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/23/09

Texas Tech Iranian students protest to stop violence in their country

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By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Only about 10-15 students make up the Iranian Student Association, but their message is one that stretches across the world.  Arezoo Islami says she is standing up for her country. "Green is the color of the opposition party which is the reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi but I'm not supporting him, I'm supporting democracy and freedom," said Islami.  

On Tuesday students from the Texas Tech Iranian Association gathered to protest the violence going on in their country as a result of Iran's disputed presidential election earlier this month of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  "Ahmadinejad is not my president," said Islami.  

"We want change we are looking for a change and we are fighting for it, however it comes," said Iranian student Masoud Zabet.

Of those in Iran who have protested the election hoping for democratic reform, hundreds were beaten, injured, and even shot to death."The United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats and beatings and imprisonments of the last few days," said President Barack Obama.

Obama addressed this issue in a news conference on Tuesday. "We have provided a path whereby Iran can reach out to the international community engage and become a part of international norms, it is up to them whether they make a decision to choose that path," said Obama.

"Now is the time if the United Nations which claim they are looking for the human right, it's the time go and defend the human right in Iran," said Zabet.

Gathering support any way they can, these students will. "I think it's really good that they are standing up to it, I've been watching on the news and its really unfair," said Texas Tech student  Chicharem Wogwugwu. 

"It's also kind of an eye opener, it makes you realize we are really privileged over here to have a say in what we want," said Texas Tech student Christina Rodriguez.

"We are all praying, looking, and hoping for the better life for the people of our country," said Zabet.

On Sunday, June 29th the student group is holding a candlelight vigil to honor the life of those victims killed protesting in Iran.  It will take place at Student Union Building in the Free Speech Zone at 9 p.m.

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