NEW YORK CITY - FREE THE HIKERS EVENT this MONDAY! YOUR SUPPORT NEEDED!
This Monday, President Ahmadinejad of Iran will be visiting the U.N. to address the beginning of a nuclear disarmament conference. Family and friends will gather in front of the U.N. to call for the immediate release of Josh, Shane and Sarah. We need your help. PLEASE JOIN US ON MONDAY to tell Ahmadinejad that 9 months is too long and the deteriorating health of our loved ones in unacceptable.
Place: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, on north side of 47th St. between 1st and 2nd Ave. Please enter from 2nd Ave.
Time: Begin arriving at 10am. Critical mass needed at 11am, this is when U.N. delegates will begin to arrive. Will be there (at least) until 1pm.
What: Help bring attention to the desperate situation of Josh, Shane and Sarah by holding a banner, wearing white t-shirts with photos of the three hikers around our necks, and handing out fliers. If you join us, PLEASE WEAR WHITE.
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Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal have been detained in Iran since July 31, 2009, when news reports say they accidentally crossed an unmarked border during a hiking trip in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan. They were in a peaceful region of Iraq that is increasingly popular with Western tourists.
The three young Americans, all graduates of the University of California at Berkeley, are being held in Evin Prison in Tehran. No charge against them has been presented in a court of law and they have only been able to contact their families once very briefly.
Shane, Josh and Sarah care greatly about the world in which we live. They admire and respect different cultures and religions and share a love of travel that has taken them to many countries. That is why they went to Kurdistan, not because they wanted to enter Iran.
We hope the Iranian authorities understand that if Shane, Sarah and Josh were in Iranian territory there is just one reason: because they made a regrettable mistake and got lost. Please let them return home as soon as possible.
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