Iranians Renew Protests

February 15, 2011 – New York – AJC Executive Director David Harris, in his national radio commentary, discusses the renewed public protests in Iran, in the wake of the downfall of the Egypt’s and Tunisia’s presidents.

“Like human-rights activists everywhere, those Iranian demonstrators need to know they’re not alone. Our voices must be heard,” says Harris.

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The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

The full text of this week’s commentary follows:

This week, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities.

They were protesting against the repressive Iranian regime.

Remember 2009?

Countless Iranians challenged the government after rigged elections, only to be met with brute force.

The goal then was to silence the opposition.

Clearly, it failed.

Secretary of State Clinton said it well:

“What we see happening in Iran today is a testament to the courage of the Iranian people and an indictment of the hypocrisy of the Iranian regime, a regime which over the last three weeks has constantly hailed what went on in Egypt. And now, when given the opportunity to afford their people the same right as they called for on behalf of the Egyptian people, the Iranian regime once again illustrates its true nature.”

Like human-rights activists everywhere, those Iranian demonstrators need to know they’re not alone. Our voices must be heard.

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This is David Harris of AJC.