In Dealey Plaza Saturday, Dallas Participates in the Global Day of Action for Iran
|Photos by Megan Feldman|
Some signs demanded freedom; others featured enlarged photographs of protesters fleeing club-wielding police on the streets of Iran and images of Neda Soltan, the 26-year-old woman who was murdered in Tehran and who has become an international symbol of Iran's grassroots freedom movement. Meanwhile, a group of young men swung a life-size puppet of the Supreme Leader with a sign that said, "Death to Khameni!"
Reza Alizade fled the country 18 years ago after a friend told him he would be killed for sending documentation of torture to Amnesty International and the United Nations, he said. On what should happen in his home country, Alizade, like many Iranians, said total change is the only acceptable option: "Two factions are fighting each other, but neither has the answer. The whole thing needs to be replaced by a democratic government."
"I made a coup d'état against the Islamic regime in 1980 and was sentenced to be executed," he said. The sentence was postponed because as a pilot, he was needed to fight in the war against Iraq, but, he says, after his plane was shot down, he heard the government planned to kill him.
"I took a combat mission to Egypt and never went back," he said. As he told his story, dozens of people, including several children, waved Iranian flags and shouted slogans: "U.N. action action, U.N. sanction sanction!"