NEW YORK (1010 WINS/WCBS 880/CBS 2/AP) — A group of New York elected officials spoke out Monday against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly.

The gathering led by the human rights group Iran 180 featured activists and New York politicians protesting Ahmadinejad’s appearance at the U.N. and alleged human rights abuses in Iran.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney speaks at a news conference regarding the visit of Ahmadinejad. (Photo: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

“If the United Nations does not stand up to Ahmadinejad, what are they even here for,” Congressman Anthony Weiner said.

Queens Congressman Joseph Crowley joined the human rights coalition in speaking out against Ahmadinejad’s planned speech Tuesday.

“Crime scene tape should be really around the United Nations,” Crowley said.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported that Iranian activist Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi said her country’s problems were not just internal.

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“This regime has clearly stated and has every intention of exporting the violence it perpetrates against the people it claims to govern,” Zand-Bonazzi said.

Zand-Bonazzi also called upon people around the world to stand behind Iranians fighting to free the country from “the clutches of an unelected and despotic regime.”

Iran’s alleged pursuit of nuclear weapons was also addressed at the press conference.

Heavy security for Iranian Ahmadinejad (Photo/Juliet Papa)

Rep. Jerrold Nadler said he has no faith in the Iranian regime’s nuclear claims

“We cannot trust deterrence with Iran,” Nadler said.

“He’s hated. The people don’t want him here. He’s not welcome here,” Iranian dissident Forough Shahriary told CBS 2’s John Metaxas.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Gov. David Paterson were also among those protesting Ahmadinejad’s regime at a news conference near the U.N. on Monday.

Paterson said the group knows Ahmadinejad won’t listen to their pleas. But he said it’s important to speak out against world leaders he calls “divisive.”

Protesters demonstrated Sunday as Ahmadinejad arrived, and another rally is planned for Thursday.

With First Avenue in front of the U.N. totally closed, traffic crawled on nearby avenues. Security was ever present as black SUVs with armed officers inside rushed to their destinations. Sirens blared as both NYPD and federal agents worked to ensure the safety of 191 different visiting delegations, Metaxas reported.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said in this General Assembly, the world will see the largest number of heads of state to ever gather at one time in New York City, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported.

“There’s 191 security details. That means there’s a 191 people here, dignitaries if you will, who have their own security element with them,” Kelly said.

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(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments (17)
  1. jak says:

    Death to America
    Death to Israeli
    Hitler era is America’s
    Iran is the winner
    People in the world have been awake
    Ahmadinezhad champion

  2. Jim says:

    the support given to Israel by its Western allies, no measure has so far been adopted about Nuclear programs in this regard. why Israel don’t join to the Treaty and placing its nuclear facilities under comprehensive IAEA safeguards?

    propaganda on upkeep of Israel?

  3. DanTe says:

    So when are they going to move the United Nitwits (U.N.) to France? Like the UN rats’ been threatening to do but never did?

  4. Educated Man says:

    A lot of stupid people post comments on websites like this.

    1. DanTe says:

      I gotta agree with you “Educated Man”. Yours look the stupidest. A regular self righteous ignoramus, hey?

  5. Waire3plus says:

    Barack Obama, would not have gone to Iran for any UN meeting if it headquarter were to be in Iran’ considering the ever increasing security tension between both countries. But the Iranian leader defiled all the odds’ and visited America for an away showdown with his antagonist . The game is becoming more intresting and the world is watching’ who knows when the next meeting will be held’ certainly Iran will play host cos anywhere can serve as the vanue maybe at the gulf, the Iranian airspace or in the cities and
    deserts of Iran then weapons and ammunitions will do the talking

  6. zain says:

    Let me see what kind of people hike in a country where 1.2M people were killed in a war that was based on a big fat lie?? This guy freed this lady while we tortur our prisoners. ex) abu gharib and guantanamo.
    these hypocrit politicians wants to talk about human rights while they fund money for the zionist occupyers who kill palestinian women and children and tak their lands away??

  7. Patrick says:

    Did the Imama from the World Trade Center mosquque protest? If not , why not?

  8. michael says:

    he was the one who was in charge when they kidnaped americans in the early 80s. he was in college then. we should not trust the un. over half of them wants america destroyed……….fact

  9. Agent_C says:

    Let’s face it; they probably were spying…

  10. assan says:

    What about the problem of Soviet Jewelry?

  11. BS Meter says:

    How is that Darfur solution coming along?




    Hello.. is this thing, on?…

  12. Comrade Okorafor Victor Okereke says:

    I hope U.N. General Assembly will talk on the issue of Biafra and Nigeria,asking Nigeria to let Biafra be. For God has created us Biafra and Biafra we will be.thanks

    1. ML says:

      When will people learn that many foreign countries are not like the U.S.?
      Next time you want to go hiking, try the Appalachian Trail or someplace else in a country that is relatively safe. Lots of heartache and trouble for nothing but stupidity!

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