Protestors gathered on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, over Oberlin College Professor Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, accused of helping cover up the 1988 Iranian government murder of several thousand political prisoners while Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations.
I'm an Oberlin College graduate. I was one of the protesters, having traveled from Maryland. Others came from California, New Mexico, Michigan, Georgia, Maryland, many cities in Ohio, and from Jerusalem. The cross section of demonstrators ranged from Iranian-Americans to Americans from many other backgrounds to Israelis, with religious backgrounds encompassing Muslims, Jews, Christians, Baha'is and atheists.
As the protest began at noon, more than 75 people congregated along the sidewalks and on the grass underneath Oberlin's Memorial Arch, which faces the Cox Administration Building on the Oberlin campus. Banners showing the faces of 650 of Mahallati's victims and eight Iranian flags lined the curved archway, and 150 photographs of murdered innocents stood in frames on the grass.
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