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Harvard rallies for students in Iran

Harvard rallies for students in IranNCRI – Some 100 students gathered in Harvard University’s Leverett House on Saturday evening for a concert and rally to denounce repression of students in Iran, where activists are being arrested for what they post on the Internet.

”What we’re doing tonight is celebrating free expression," said Adam Scheuer, a Harvard senior and executive editor of the Harvard Middle East Review, one of the nine student groups that cosponsored the Iranian Freedom Concert. ”We’re having bands come up and play music because we value that free expression."

According to Boston Globe, the concert featured a diverse group of student speakers, including the president of the Harvard Republican Club, Steven Dewey; and the president of the Harvard Democrat Club, Eric Lesser.

The concert was held just before the traditional Persian new year of Norouz, which is on March 20.

Organizers said they hoped the timing would reflect hope for ”a new day for freedom in Iran."