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Iranian Americans Take to Fresno Streets to Protest Iran Leadership
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 3 years ago on
August 6, 2021

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If a group of protesters rallied in Fresno against the Iranian leadership in Tehran, they may be arrested or worse. On the streets of Fresno, it was an exercise of the First Amendment.

A group of Iranian Americans took to Blackstone and Nees avenues Thursday night, objecting to new Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. The former head of Iran’s judiciary, critics blame Raisi for leading the “Death Committee” leading to the deaths of thousands of political prisoners. He denied his role in the death sentences, the BBC reports.

“We, Iranian-Americans wish for human rights to be a central point of demands by our US administration with this brutal regime in its nuclear negotiations and for Raisi not to be permitted to set foot on U.S. soil but rather tried in the International Court of Justice,” group organizer Mehdi Ghajar said.

(Video courtesy of Dr. Mehdi Ghajar)

Group Questions Voting Legitimacy

The group also questioned the legitimacy of Raisi’s election. As the BBC reported, “the hard-line Guardian Council disqualified several prominent moderate and reformist candidates. Dissidents and some reformists urged voters to boycott the poll, complaining that the process had been engineered to ensure Mr Raisi faced no serious competition.”

Raisi won with 62% of the vote.

“This person was rejected not only in this election via boycott but also 4 years ago in massive numbers despite being hand selected by the brutal ‘supreme leader,” Ghajar said.

Photos From the Protest

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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