The Edmond Sun

December 6, 2012

Iranian-Americans call for Iran regime change in Edmond event

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Azita Adelany and the other Iranian-Americans calling for regime change in Iran Thursday afternoon in Edmond were resolute yet calm.

They were standing near the Second Street-Broadway intersection, holding a variety of signs voicing their displeasure with the regime that is meddling in many Middle East nations, according to numerous observers.

Adelany, who came to the United States in 1999, is a student in the University of Central Oklahoma’s forensic program. She said she cherishes her life in Edmond and mourns for the people of Iran and the suffering they have endured. Her name “Azita” means “freedom,” she said.

In addition to today’s gathering in Edmond, the group will be gathering from 3-5 p.m. Friday at 50 Penn Place in Oklahoma City. A pro-Iranian regime group is supposed to be there at about the same time.

The U.S. government has long-standing concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear program, its sponsorship of terrorism and its human rights record.

Iran still has not recognized Israel’s right to exist and has hindered the Middle East peace process by arming militants, including Hamas, Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, according to the U.S. State Department.

In mid-February 2011, opposition activists conducted the largest anti-regime rallies since December 2009, spurred by the success of uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, according to the CIA World Factbook. | 341-2121, ext. 108