Fighting breaks out after an Iranian concert
By Arash Shokouh
April 12, 2004
To My Middle-Eastern Sisters and Brothers:
At the April 10th Andy concert at the Double Tree
Hotel in San Jose, I had
the pleasure of spending the evening with good friends enjoying
the music of
the popular Persian singer Andy.
After the concert was unfortunately
cut short, the audience was moving
towards the exit and to my subtle surprise, a fight ensued right
the concert hall doors. The tension was then moved outside to the
lot where four or five different brawls sparked up again.
confusion I was a witness to one of my good friends being attacked
beaten on the ground as about 200 spectators watched in amazement.
incident hit me as a tremendous shock. His face was pouring blood
all too familiar mafia movies we have all seen.
The causes of the
are unknown and there is no single person that sparked the first
tension. However, each and every one of you knows that they start
of meager misunderstandings that can be easily avoided.
As most of you know, fights are becoming increasingly
Middle-Eastern events. In the current international climate our
of origin are facing threats on a daily basis and the progress
does not seem
to be promising in the near future. This fact gives us common ground
stand on together as a community.
Seeing incidents like this hurts because when we
should be united, we are
busy bickering amongst ourselves over insignificant "beef".
second thoughts to your actions when we are all together at these
We are all enjoying thousands of years of culture, background and
that every one of us is proud to be a part of.
Please forward this email to as many of your Middle-Eastern
possible. This is a message that must be heard, acknowledged and
President & CEO
Associated Students Inc.
San Jose State University
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