NEW YORK (AP) — As Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly dozens of protesters demonstrated Sunday against his regime.

The protesters set up near Central Park and wore tape across their mouths to demonstrate what they said was the oppressive nature of the Iranian government.

“So the tape is to show that anyone who opposes Ahmadinejad is silenced,” said Avi Posnick, regional coordinator of Stand With Us. “We’re here in solidarity with the people of Iran who’s voices cannot be heard.”

The nonprofit Israeli education group, Stand With Us, organized the rally to bring awareness to what they call human rights abuses in Iran.

Protester Sahand Khoshbaten, a spokesman for the No To Ahmadinejad Committee, said his group supports democratic regime change in Iran, “which is what the people want.”

“We believe that by means of the people themselves and Iran’s main opposition group that we would be able to overthrow the Iranian government to establish democracy in that country,” Khoshbaten said.

The protest was one of many expected in the week ahead, including another scheduled for Thursday across from the UN.

On Sunday, Ahmadinejad met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss developments in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East as well as efforts to resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, the U.N. spokesperson’s office said.

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Comments (10)
  1. Eddie says:

    WHY does this article about a group protesting the presence of the president of the islamic republic of iran show a SMILING picture of the man and NOT a picture of the PROTESTERS???

    Why promote the dictator and NOT his opponents?

    CBS has fallen from its past greatness.

  2. COMMANDER,K says:

    OBAMA goes about his business by speaking the lie. II Thessalonians 2 says that he comes “with all deceivableness of unrighteousness.” Revelation 13:12 says, “and he spoke as a dragon….” Revelation 17 tells us that he was a false prophet, a prophet being one whose calling it is to speak and to teach. The armies of the world may have guns and tanks and bombs to bring people into submission; but the power of speech and ideas is a mighty power. In his initial attempts to destroy the cause of God, OBAMA used a serpent to deceive the woman with crooked speech: “You will be like God.” Now he uses a “dragon” who speaks crafty, lying words. His speeches will be heard by millions who will hang on his persuasive rhetoric. The content as well as the form of his speech will attract. Like most false prophets, he will even be sincere and passionate. But he is a liar. He adds dashes of truth to the mix, so that his lie tastes like truth. He will use all the right catchwords, using the language of the church, even throwing in a Bible text or two. But he is the ultimate Liar, and will deceive many.
    OBAMA will use every tool available: school teachers, politicians, news broadcasters, artists, musicians, scientists and doctors, lawyers and businessmen. All will be pressed into the service of OBAMA to deceive men. But especially he will use those whose calling it is to persuade and to teach �quot; men who claim to be preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

  3. COMMANDER,K says:

    TO THE WEAK-KNEED REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRAT…..Wake up america!!!! This goverment is the most corrupt we have had in years. The good old boy network is very much in charge.Mr. obama and pelosi are the puppet masters.How many of their good friends benefited by the agreement ” what a farce. All of the u.sSenators voted for this. I am ashamed to say I voted for the these corupted self serving politicians.With good reason they picked an out of towner to be president.All u.s departments need an overhaul. We need to rid ourselves of the puppet masters and the dept heads that bow down to obama and pelosi.I am sick of the lip service I have been getting from these dummies over violations, their friends are getting away the goverment . Barack Hussein Obama , threatens friends and bows to Mmslim.
    INPEACH OBAMA ,GOD OPEN YOUR EYES.///For us there are only two possiblities: either we remain american or we come under the thumb of the communist Mmslim Barack Hussein OBAMA. This latter must not occur.THE COMMANDER,.. THE END OF AMERICA

    1. pydpydper says:

      You are INCREDIBLY ignorant. You think Obama is the puppet MASTER? HE is the puppet. There are two sets of masters…and the are the people who lead the democrats and republicans: the criminals of America.

  4. RUKiddingMe says:

    Could it be that he his carring money in his dipomatic pouch to deliever to the Iman to buiild his mosque?

  5. Ben says:

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in the US of A – the very nation he calls the “Great Satan”. 3 american hikers (1 woman and 2 men ) were imprisoned in Iran under the false charge of espionage. Although they have already released the woman, there is still no word on when they will free the 2 men. Now is the chance to get even!!

    1. Pydpydper says:

      Who really cares about those hikers?

  6. DanTe says:



    Allah’s Ma Licks ‘Em!
    (I believe that’s the traditional Islamic greeting, right?)

  7. DanTe says:

    In regards to the alleged human rights abuse: There are humans in Islamic countries to abuse? I thought there were only mu-slimes there.

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