Pakistan embassy in DC faces Iran protest heat
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan -- the country most allied with Iran's theocracy -- represents Iranian interests in the United States and is facing the ire of pro-democracy Iranian exiles and their supporters here in Washington DC.
Hundreds of demonstrators in Washington DC protested against the barbaric crackdown of the Iranian theocracy on democracy loving protesters Thursday evening at the Pakistan embassy on Wisconsin Avenue.
Iran and Pakistan have had secret strategic and military relationships not known to the rest of the world for many decades now.
A major binding factor is that Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari -- known worldwide as Mr. Ten Percent for his alleged corruption -- is a die-hard shia who draws his spiritual inspiration from Tehran.
A handbill ditributed on the occasion spelled out a list of 10 demands:
1- Ending the shooting of innocent people.
2. Ending the arrest of protesters.
3. Releasing all protesters from prisons and "safe" houses.
4. Allowing Amnesty International investigators to visit all detainees and injured protesters.
5. Releasing all jalied journalists and reporters.
6. Allowing free press to report without being controlled by state censorship.
7. Allow peaceful assembly of people.
8. Complete identification, arrest and prosecution of all the criminals who have killed or injured peaceful demonstrators.
9. Stop interfering with proper mourning and burial of murdered victims by government agents and police.
10. And finally, we call on the government of Russia, China and European Union countries to immediately cut all ties with the barbaric regime of Iran.
In the wake of the killing of two Punjabi officials in less than one week and the start of the convention of a major nationalist party in Quetta, rumors were rife globally Wednesday about an impending official announcement of the Baluch demand for liberation from Pakistan and military crackdown.
Pakistan's infamous Inter Services Intelligence had sought the help of Tehran to quell the Baluch movement, according to media reports in Baluchistan.
From the Pakistan Embassy, the peaceful protesters converged on the Dupont Circle where a candle light vigil was held for those killed in Iran.
Another protest is planned in front of the Pakistan Embassy at 2209 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington DC Northwest, on Saturday 11 a.m. The protesters plan to march to the Lincoln Memorial from there.
IRAN ELECTIONS & ETHNIC PERSECUTION
Meanwhile, in the aftermath of Iran's stolen elections, ethnic groups who have been at the receiving end of the Iranian theocracy for three decades now are fearing further aggravation of their plight.
Join Iran-origin Kurds, Baluch, Ahwazis, Azeris, Turkmen and others for a frank and informal discussions at a coffee meet-up organized by the American Friends of Baluchistan..
What: Iran elections and persecuted nationalities
Who: The informal meeting will be presided over by the honorable Waheed Baloch, former speaker of the Baluchistan assembly and president of the Baloch International League.
Others who will participate include Dr. Morteza Esfandiari, a Kurdish intellectual; Dr. Karim Abdian, executive director of the Ahwaz Human Rights Organization; Sharif Behruz, US Representative of Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran; Dr. M. Hosseinbor, a Baluch lawyer and professor; and Nabi Baluch, presiding council member of the American Friends of Baluchistan.
Where: Mayorga Coffee Factory8040 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
[The Mayorga Coffee Factory on Georgia Avenue and 13th Street northwest is a couple of blocks, or 15 minutes walk, from the Silver Spring Metro on the Red Line. If you are driving from DC you have to go under the overpass and make a U-turn. Free valet parking].
When: Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 3.30 p.m.
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