New York Committee Against Ahmadinejad
NEW YORK, August 26 – The ’New York Committee against Ahmadinejad (NYCA)’ announces its formation. Its mission is to campaign against the trip by Iran’s new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to New York City, scheduled for mid-September. He is planning to address the upcoming United Nations General Assembly session.
Twenty-six years ago, a group of fundamentalist Iranian students occupied the US Embassy in Tehran and held some 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Soon after, Iran’s ruling regime began networking with, organizing, and funding terrorist outfits across the world. This global terrorist network has murdered dozens of Iranian dissidents abroad and many foreign nationals, including hundreds of US citizens. The terror bombings in Beirut, Saudi Arabia and Argentina are just a few examples of the Iran- sponsored deadly terrorist attacks.
Recent media reports indicate that the insurgents in Iraq receive their training, sanctuary, and weapons from Iran. Inside Iran, human rights violations have worsened. At least 53 individuals, including seven minors and three women, have been hanged or sentenced to death since Ahmadinejad became President in late June.
Ahmadinejad, a leader of the group that took over the US embassy in 1979, is scheduled to arrive in New York on September 14th. His entourage would consist of individuals with a similar track record in terrorism.
Iranian regime, the most active state sponsor of global terrorism, is now on the verge of obtaining nuclear weapons. Ahmadinejad has already expressed his determination to pursue nuclear arms. Those who took US citizens hostage 26 years ago are now emboldened by our silence and are now coming to New York City. We have our chance to raise our voice against the presence of these terrorists and murderers in our city for the sake of peace, justice and security.
On Tuesday August 30, 2005, ’New York Committee against Ahmadinejad (NYCA)’ will host a press conference where issue experts will highlight the NYCA’s views concerning Ahmadinejad’s trip to the United States.