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Protestors join global call for change in Iran

Protestors have converged outside the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva to call for democracy, freedom and human rights in Iran.

This content was published on July 25, 2009 - 16:55

It was one of 110 rallies scheduled around the world on Saturday, as part of a global day of action organised by United4Iran, a coalition of individuals and human rights groups.

The demonstration on Saturday attracted around 250 people, many attired in green, the colour of the Iran's protest movement, and their faces hidden by masks and make-up.

Many of the demonstrators were young and carrying photos of Neda Agha Soltan, a 27-year-old woman who died in Tehran during post-electoral protests.

"We are calling for the liberation of all journalists and people arrested for their political ideas, the respect for democracy and the freedom to choose our president," said Hassan Bayat, a member of the Swiss committee for democracy in Iran, during the protest at the Place des Nations.

Bayat said Iranian expats had come from Zurich, Lausanne and Neuchâtel to take part in the event.

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