September 21, 2018

Photo Essay: L.A.’s Iranian ex-pats march in support of Iran’s protestors

For nearly 40 years the Iranian American community living in Los Angeles and Southern California has come out in droves on various occasions to protest against the radical Islamic regime in Iran. Whether it has been for the regime’s mass executions of innocent individuals, the regime’s crack downs on religious minorities or the regime’s plundering of Iran’s wealth for the ayatollahs proxy wars in the Middle East, Iranians in Los Angeles have always been very vocal in their opposition to the regime in Iran. On January 7th the community remained steadfast to their four decade tradition of protesting against the brutality of the Iranian regime and calling for a democratic government in Iran. This latest rally taking place in L.A.’s Westwood Village near the U.S. Federal building drew nearly 6,000 Iranian Americans from the Los Angeles, Orange County and Bakersfield areas to support the protestors in Iran who for the last few weeks had been filling the streets of Iran’s cities demanding for regime change in Iran.

With double digit unemployment, high inflation, high cost of food and living as well as evidence of rampant corrupt among Iran’s ruling clerics, average people in Iran took to the streets and were calling for “death to the dictator” (Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei) and the entire regime’s leadership.  The protestors in Iran demanded freedoms, better economic opportunities and an overall better quality of life. Of course Iran’s totalitarian theocratic regime responded with a heavy crack down on the protestors who were shot, beaten and imprisoned for daring to raise their voices against the ayatollahs. Their compatriots in Los Angeles and other major U.S. cities came out in force to show their solidarity with these protestors. After four decades of plunging Iran into a darkness of evil, hate, poverty, unnecessary wars, Holocaust denial and rampant corruption, the people of Iran have had enough of the ayatollahs ruling them with an iron fist. Likewise Iranian Americans who fled the regime decades ago share the same sentiment and have pledged their support with the protestors in Iran.

The L.A. area Iranian Americans marched up and down Wilshire and Westwood Boulevards, holding up flags, large signs and passionately chanting; “Death to Khamenei!”, “Death to the Dictator”, “We want human rights in Iran!”, “Freedom For Iran!”, “Death to Hezbollah!”. What was truly special about the rally was the fact that you had Iranians of various faiths come together in a unity voice against the regime; Jews, Muslims, Christians, Baha’i’s and Zoroastrians all marching together for the event.

The following are just some of the photos I captured of the L.A.’s rally in support of Iran’s protestors…