LOS ANGELES, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of
protestors, including students on visas from Iran and Iranian Americans,
gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday to protest against what they called a
rigged presidential election in Iran.
Protesters wore green T-shirts and bandanas and waved
red, green and white Iranian flags in support of Hossein Mousavi, Iran's former
prime minister who rivaled Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the election.
"Where are our votes, where are our votes?" the
The crowd gathered at the Federal Building, across
the street from the Los Angeles National Cemetery and around the corner from the
Little Tehran neighborhood which has become the retail center of the large
population of Iranians in Los Angeles.
Iran announced Saturday that Ahmadinejad was
re-elected president with 63 percent of the vote, defeating Mousavi and other
candidates considered more pro-Western.
The margin of victory was greeted with skepticism and
protests in the Islamic state and throughout the world, according to media
"There were numerous polls before the election," said
a Los Angeles protester who declined to give his last name. "Even a lot of
governmental polls, pre-election polls, indicated Ahmadinejad had less than 20
percent of the vote -- at most. And Mousavi had 60 to 80 percent of the vote."
"The way they did the counting, (the government)
replaced all the observers and brought in their own observers," he said. "They
took boxes of polls and counted them in a secret room. The best evidence (of
fraud) is the poll, the people -- the people standing in the lines (to vote)."
The protest was peaceful and no arrests were
Similar demonstrations were also held on Sunday in
Boston, San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C., London, Paris, Florence and
It is reported that Ahmadinejad dismissed the street
protests in Iran as "not important." He said Friday's vote was "real and free"
and insisted the results showing his landslide victory were fair and legitimate.
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures to journalists as he attends his first news conference after Iran's presidential election in Tehran, June 14, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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TEHRAN, June 14 (Xinhua) -- At least 10 leaders and more
than 100 members of Iran's reformist groups have been arrested after violent
protests against the results of Friday's presidential election, local media
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said on Saturday afternoon.
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Tehran, June 13 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Supreme Leader
Ayatollah AliKhamenei on Saturday urged supporters of both the winner of
Friday's presidential election and defeated candidates to avoid provocative
behavior, local ISNA news agency reported.
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voters and 24 million votes for the president-elect is a real feast," Khamenei
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Saturday on Iran's reformist candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi's website, he
protested "strongly" to the "obvious" violations in Iran's presidential
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numerous violations and irregularities in the election day" and warned that "he
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