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The Sad Tale of Three Hikers in Iran: Your Biannual Update

Posted By Diana Newby On Jan 26, 2010 @ 12:16 am In News | Comments Disabled


No exaggeration—it really has been nearly half a year since the trio of Berkeley grads’ arrest [1] after crossing illegally over the Iranian-Kurdish border. Since that fateful day in July, the resultant bandwagon colored in varying shades of indignant outrage has accumulated quite a following, from university officials [2] to the U.S. government [3] to a number of miscellaneous celebs [4].

Now, pending a Council vote tomorrow, the City of Berkeley seeks to add itself to those ranks by means of a letter [5] addressed to the Iranian government advocating for the hikers’ release. The timbre of said letter, authored by council member Kriss Worthington, is unique in a number of respects—particularly in its emphasis on Berkeley’s historically sympathetic attitude toward the Middle East as lending especial credence toward its collective two cents.

Whether Iran will be moved by a California city’s culturally relativistic tenets remains to be seen. In the meantime, the hikers’ purported trial continues to, well, not happen; and now their family members are speaking out via a petition comprised of YouTube videos [6] asking Iran to set the threesome free. If you’re feeling energized by increasing bitterness at the injustice of it all, solidarity is just a few clicks away [7].

Free the hikers – submit your video response now [YouTube [8]]
Berkeley to Vote on Letter to Iran on 3 Hikers’ Behalf [NYT Blog [5]]
Iran Hikers’ Siblings Launch YouTube Petition [NBC Bay Area [6]]


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URLs in this post:

[1] trio of Berkeley grads’ arrest: http://clog.dailycal.org/2009/09/24/not-to-change-the-subject-%e2%80%a6/

[2] university officials: http://clog.dailycal.org/2009/09/02/berkeley-confirms-family-reunions-universally-awesome/

[3] U.S. government: http://clog.dailycal.org/2009/11/11/three-berkeley-alumni-are-having-the-worst-vacation-ever/

[4] number of miscellaneous celebs: http://clog.dailycal.org/2009/12/07/celebrities-to-iran-let-those-hikers-go/

[5] by means of a letter: http://bayarea.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/25/berkeley-to-vote-on-letter-to-iran-on-3-hikers-behalf/

[6] YouTube videos: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local-beat/Detained-Hikers-Siblings-Launch-YouTube-Petition-82277422.html

[7] just a few clicks away: http://freethehikers.org/

[8] YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvxJ5iITJ3I

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