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Iranian Protestors Clash at Pershing Square

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Not a lot of people showed up to "No War on Iran" protest earlier this month on Saturday, August 3rd. Apparently, word didn't get around activist groups e-mail lists and only a small gathering of people showed up to Pershing Square that afternoon. One LAist commenter, jrb, was there and helps put a story to LAist Photographer Tom Andrews' photos.

"There was the usual speeches and such. Then about 20-30 pro war on Iran people showed up. They were mostly Iranian ex-pats. Mostly Iranians who had left Iran back in the 80's when the Islamic revolution deposed the Shah, and Iran became an enemy to the US. The hostage crisis and all that. They carried signs like, 'Liberate the Iranian people,' 'We want a secular Iran,' 'Iran needs regime change.' The police were caught off guard because they apparently didn't bother to read the signs they were carrying and thought they were protesting the same thing as the anti-war on Iran group. Things got a bit tense. There was some shoving and angry words. (story continued after photo gallery)

"Then the police realized what was happening and got between the two groups and escorted the pro war people out of Pershing Square.

"I was rather disappointed by our side. I felt instead of getting angry and running them off that we should have engaged them in public debate. The problem there is some of the speakers on the agenda would have probably gotten pissed off.

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"I feel like it was an opportunity lost, because instead being able to possibly change some one's mind who disagreed with us, it was all just preaching to the choir all we did was listen to the same angry speakers making the same angry speeches."