Democracy groups plan global Iran rallies

Human rights supporters in dozens of cities around the world plan to rally Saturday to show solidarity with Iranians seeking democracy and civil rights, one of the organizing groups said.United4Iran said it expects protests at Iranian embassies and other sites to condemn the Iranian government's violent response to citizens who claim the June 12 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was fraudulent.Hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the streets after the election, and many were met with brutality from security forces that resulted in death or serious injuries.Some protesters were arrested and put in jail, where they remain despite pleas by families and friends."These acts are a direct assault on the Iranian people's human and civil rights -- and those of everyone who supports these ideals around the world," United4Iran said on its Web site.The organization describes itself as a nonpartisan collaborative of individuals and human rights organizations with no political agenda. Send your iReports from Saturday's rallies"Our only aim is to condemn the widespread and systematic violations of the Iranian people's human rights and to call for full restoration of their human and civil rights," the group says.United4Iran says other sponsors of the Saturday rallies include the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner and native Iranian Shirin Ebadi, Amnes... >>>

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