Haiti`s Wyclef Jean Lends Support To Iran Protestors


CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. June 24, 209: Haitian-born, Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter and producer, Wyclef Jean, is turning his `goodwill` to Iran`s demonstrators, as protests in the Muslim nation turned deadly and many continue to flock to the streets to demand a recount of votes in the recent election.

CaribWorldNews was on Tuesday sent a link to the Jean performance, which was taped at an emergency concert performance for Iran. Wearing a green hat and green sweater, Jean belted out a song specifically about the current situation in the Middle Eastern country.

The goodwill ambassador, in a YouTube posting, took to the piano to sing: `The people in Iran want, equal rights and justice.`

The song also includes reference to the killing of protestors by government forces. `But I smell gun powder. Tehran got the gun powder,` sings the multi-award singer and Haiti goodwill ambassador. 
His performance also included his take on Bob Marley`s `Songs of Freedom` and `No Woman No Cry.`

See Jean`s performance for Iran here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ogxa-VcqvtA. So far it`s only gotten close to 200 views but with many Iranians beginning to email the link around, the number will undoubted grow.

In New York, a vigil for Iran is being planned for today at Union Square from 7-10 p.m. tonight by Where is My Vote NYC to call for a Democratic Iran.

Meanwhile, as Britain ousted two Iranian diplomats from the UK, in retaliation of the ouster of its own diplomats, the White House said President Obama has no plans to alter his tone in response to Iran`s bloody crackdown on post-election demonstrations.

`He`ll continue to speak out in support of those that are seeking to demonstrate and do so in a way peacefully,` White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told FOX News. `We don`t want to inject our government in the place of the reformers in this equation.`

The response came as Iran`s supreme leader ordered demonstrators off the streets and the feared Revolutionary Guards continue to threaten an increased crackdown. At least 17 people have been killed during near-daily demonstrations, which have drawn hundreds of thousands of protesters.

The killing of Neda Agha Soltan on the streets of Tehran Saturday has propelled the demonstration to much greater heights and generated global empathy and outrage at the violence by the Basij militia. The videos of Soltan on Facebook and YouTube show her collapsing, losing consciousness and dying.

Soltan was a 27-year-old philosophy student, according to the text of the version of the video on YouTube.

Soltan was among countless women, of all ages and from all backgrounds, who have taken to the streets to demand a recount of the presidential vote they believe was won by Mir Hossein Mousavi, a former prime minister. Mousavi had promised to give women more rights.

On Tuesday, however, the opposition was told the 12 June election will not be annulled since there had been no major polling irregularities. This as Iranian foreign minister, Hassan Ghashghavi, yesterday accused U.N. chief, Ban Ki moon of meddling.

Ban had urged the authorities in Iran to respect fundamental civil rights, `especially the freedom of assembly and expression` and to end arrests.




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