Cyclists peddle to Ottawa in support of Iran

TORONTO [Peter Paul Media] — Kicking off a global day of action for Iran, over 50 students, academics and concerned citizens will begin a 450 kilometre journey from Queens Park to the Iranian embassy in Ottawa on Saturday.

The global day of action on Iran was initiated by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Shirin Ebadi. Ms. Ebadi was the first Iranian to be awarded the prestigious award on October 10, 2003.

Volunteers cyclists from the Cycling for Human Rights in Iran campaign will depart Queens Park at 11 a.m., arriving in Ottawa about 2 p.m. on Monday. They will deliver a petition signed by 3,800 supporters to officials at the Iranian embassy in Ottawa.

The Cycling for Human Rights in Iran campaign was founded by Ali Karizadeh Banji, an Iranian graduate of the University of Toronto’s International Relations program.

Saturday’s event is sponsored by Amnesty International, Reporters without Borders and Human Rights Watch to name a few.

In over 100 other cities across the world, including Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, Montreal and Victoria B.C., supporters will gather in solidarity with the Iranian people.

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