They are so outraged by the escalating violence against Iranians who protest the re-election of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, some Houstonians have taken upon themselves to help spread their cause.
"These people just want change in Iran," said Fayza Elmostehi, a local protestor. "Ahmadinejad is a scary guy and they just want to make sure their vote were correctly counted."
Wearing green to show their support of opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi's reform party, they held a small demonstration at the intersection of Shepherd and Memorial Drive. None of them are of Iranian decent.
"Imagine what's going on over there," said Christa Morrow, another protestor. "There are not a lot of foreign journalists there. Imagine that they feel like they are fighting alone. They have their government step up violence in the street. They want to see that there are people else where who see what they are doing and are supporting what they are doing."
"I think this is a really important issue," said Elmostehi. "I think anything that happens globally effects us locally. I don't think a lot of people in Houston know what's going on, so where here to build awareness."
Local residents say they are especially concerned about what they consider unjust arrests of prominent figures that are disputing the election and of the rising death toll among protestors.
"The massive rallies throughout the whole week say that a lot of people in Iran don't think this was a fair election," said Morrow.
Though few in number, local protestors say they hope to send a loud message demanding basic human rights for the people of Iran.
"We're just supporting the people's right to choose," said Morrow.
"It tears at your heart because we take it for granted," said Gil Velasquez, another local protestor. "We have so many freedoms. We're able to express ourselves and rally people for a cause. People need that. They want to know that they were heard."
Local Residents Rally for Change in Iran
They are concerned with escalating violence against Iranian protestors
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