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Students Stand for Human Rights in Iran

by David Meyer |May 24, 2010|Comments




On May 16, Rio de Janeiro's thousands of beach-goers come across quite the sight: 6,000 paper hands placed in the sand.

The night before, Hillel orchestrated the planting of the hands on Rio's beaches to call attention to human rights in Iran and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's support for Holocaust denial.

The protest was organized in response to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's recent meeting in Tehran with Ahmadinejad.

Each of the hands in the sand near a gay-friendly part of Rio's famed beaches was meant to represent 1,000 victims of the Holocaust. The primary aim of the demonstration was to bring to light the Iranian regime's disregard for the rights of Baha'i and homosexual communities.

Next to the hands, a banner in Portuguese read: "Mr. President, don't forget to talk about human rights in Iran."

Click here to see a panoramic view of the hands.

Read more at JTA.


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