Vigil over Iran shifts from UN to the White House
The Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iranian demonstrators ended a 65-day vigil outside U.N. headquarters Monday and headed to Washington to seek assurances the United States will continue protecting a disarmed militia in Iraq that opposes Iran's government.  Across from the U.N., demonstrators held signs, chanted and made speeches until Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern about the Iranian dissidents living at Camp Ashraf northeast of Baghdad, which the Americans may hand over to the Iraqis. Now, they are converging on a park across from the White House.  "It's now time to focus on the U.S.," said Nasser Rashidi, head of the National Coalition of Pro-Democracy Advocates, a Virginia-based Iranian-American human rights group  For more than two decades the camp has housed members of the Mujahedeen Khalq, also known as the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, thrown out of Iran in the 1980s. They became allied with Saddam Hussein's regime, which helped fund the group's attacks against the Iranian regime.

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