Iran protest at CNN

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Today there was a protest for Iran at the CNN Center.  Brett and I went down and shot for about an hour and a half and I submitted some of what I got to Zuma after I got home.

The protest was interesting, there were actually two different factions that were there and both seemed to be upset about the other one, basically they didn’t trust each other from what I gathered.

People on both sides were friendly to me however, although a few people wouldn’t give me their names.  To each their own.


41 responses to “Iran protest at CNN”

  1. Farhaj Avatar

    Fantastic. Keep up the great work.

  2. Billie Bates Avatar
    Billie Bates

    Great photography; thank you for showing it.

  3. nawzanin Avatar

    Thank you and many thanks to the Huffington Post!!! Shame on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and all the other news media for stopping coverage on Iran.

  4. Mark Rieder Avatar
    Mark Rieder

    Very powerful images, Josh. Many thanks for sharing.

  5. Dave Pritchard Avatar
    Dave Pritchard

    What was the difference between the two groups?

    1. ali parman Avatar

      Please contact me if you want info on the differences between the groups… it’s complicated. One group is not carrying out the peaceful message of the ‘Green Movement’ But our group is… we want revolution, but not a violent revolution. We do accept that violence will become a part of it… but our approach is peaceful before anything else.
      Facebook = amirali Irani (atlanta network) anyone is free to add me.

    2. Josh D. Weiss Avatar


      One group seemed to be more moderate, chanting primarily peace slogans while the other was chanting for peace and death to Ahmadinejad among others.

      Someone from the second group also claimed the first group was sponsored by the Iranian government. The person who said this couldn’t give any real evidence that the group there was actually sponsored by the gov’t so I just tried to stay out of it.


      1. Lisa L Avatar
        Lisa L

        Hi Josh. Great photos! Since you’re answering questions, any idea of the crowd size?

        1. Josh D. Weiss Avatar

          Probably around 200 people, maybe fewer. I’ve never been good with estimating crowd sizes though so take that with a grain of salt cause it could have been higher or lower.

          1. poppy Avatar

            Unfortunately, Iranians outside of Iran feel they have a right to chant slogans. These groups are usually monarch supporters or Mujaheddin supporters. The flag with the gold lion mainly represents the Shaw’s regime.

            The other 90% of Persians are only demonstrating peacefully for human rights and democracy in Iran. We feel we need to silently show support, so the voices of Iranians within Iran can be heard instead.

            The bombing which took place in at the Swedish embassy for example was done by one of those groups.

            These acts of violence and chanting of death solagans makes Iranians look back and deminishes the world support for our cause.

          2. poppy Avatar

            * Look bad not look back

            By the way, thanks for covering this, great photos.

          3. afsaneh Avatar

            Absolutely wrong information by “poppy” that suggests that the red, white, and green flag of Iran with the golden lion emblem is the symbol for the monarchists. This flag is the ancestoral flag of Persia for millenia. Of course because Iran/Persia from its inception around 2,500 years ago to 1979 — during jimmy carter’s presidency — was a monarchy might confused some who don’t really know their history, but the red, white, and green and golden lion flag was, is, and will always be the national flag of Iran. It was only altered/butchered by the khomeinists/islamist takeover after 1979 which made it to represent more the islamization than the national and historic character of the country.

  6. Jason Avatar

    Great job. Glad you took some awesome pics of the movement and please keep up the excellent work. What is happening in Iran MUST not be forgotten and people like you will help make sure that does not happen.

  7. korkie Avatar

    Please continue to bring the voices of Iran to the public.

    The world needs to know what is happening to innocent people who’s only request is Freedom.

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  9. Bobby Avatar

    Great work. I was there yesterday and brought several friends to make a statement…I was there for the peaceful, awareness aspect of the campaign, and didn’t appreciate the “Obama-do more”/old regime flag waving/”death to Khaemini”/etc. activities but at least we reminded people that Iranians everywhere – including here in Dixie – are fed up and want democracy now and human rights for all Iranians.

  10. proudpersian Avatar

    Thank you so much for taking such great pictures. It is true that there were two different sides at the protest. As many know, there are many political parties and positions in Iran. We went there to chant for peace and freedom for Iran. We wore the color green and released green balloons in the sky. Green is now the color of a freedom movement in Iran. It no longer represents Moussavi for many. People protesting in IRAN are wearing Green because they are not able to make any other bold statements and they are obviously not allowd to wear the original Persian flag. We were wearing Green to follow those IN OUR COUNTRY who are fighting for freedom. We got many insults that we were part of the Islamic Republic because we were wearing this color. We ourselves know that this isnt true and we know that we want peace and freedom and by protesting we know that we aren’t going to get the message across by yelling “death…to this and death to that” It’s just not effective and it makes people seem just as violent as those who are killing people in Iran.

  11. Amy Avatar

    What were the 2 factions & how do they differ? Or did you purposely avoid going into it, preferring to focus on the common goal?

    1. Amy Avatar

      Sorry, I see that you answered my Q above ;p

  12. Habib Avatar

    Please stop posting pictures of peoples faces

    1. aliparman Avatar

      Please continue posting people pictures here. If people don’t want their picture taken surgical masks are available at every pharmacy created by mankind. Also, if you’re at a protest demonstrating against human rights infringements and crimes committed against an entire country, don’t be surprised if people are taking pictures.
      We will try to bring masks to all future rallies.

  13. Habib Avatar

    Nevermind… iPhone… Didn’t see that this was I. Atlanta.. Good pics

  14. Yasi Avatar

    hey thank you so much for taking pictures at the protest in atlanta.
    I was also there protesting.

    if you could please email me all the pictures that you took at the protest that would be great. Because i keep all the pictures from the atl protest as memories because i was there at all the protests, and people also took pictures of me and your photography is EXCELLENT

    so please if u could please email me all the pictures you took besides the ones that you have posted right now.
    thank you so much.


    1. Josh D. Weiss Avatar

      Sorry, I don’t send digital copies of my photos to anyone.

      1. Yasi Avatar

        could u please add more then?

  15. devans00 Avatar

    Great photo essay. Nicely done.

  16. Steve Avatar

    Beautiful pictures, very powerful.

  17. Karen Avatar

    Thanks for the great photos. I was there – expressing my support for the brave people of Iran. I was deeply moved (to tears), just being on the street, holding a photo of Neda, green balloons, and the flag of Iran, imagining I was on the streets of Tehran. Their courage, fighting for freedom for Iran, has inspired the world.

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  19. Andrew Avatar

    Nice work, good to know someone got some stuff to HuffPost, cause they never seem to want to use anything I do.

  20. Biejan Scherwatzke Avatar
    Biejan Scherwatzke

    Please continue to bring the voices of Iranians to the public.

  21. A.M Avatar

    thank you

  22. Aria Avatar


    Thank you for posting these images from the rally. Unfortunately I was not able to attend this one but I have photo set of the one that took place on June 20, 2009 in front of the CNN Center. There were two other rallies I know prior to that demonstration and 3 in the following week, including the one in Piedmont Park for Neda’s vigil.

  23. Jesús Pulido Avatar
    Jesús Pulido

    That’s really cool that the Huffington Post published your photos.
    Is there a link so that you can direct me to the article online? (I haven’t seen it yet and can’t find it.)

  24. Mike Panganiban Avatar

    Great photo essay on the protest! I actually shot video coverage of the protest on June 28th in LA. To anyone who’d like to see my summary of the day, watch the video here:
    Thanks again for the great photo essay!

  25. Reza Avatar

    It is pretty sad to see bogus postings like whoever this “poppy” poster is. Perhaps you had too many poppy seeds?
    Not only you don’t have a clue, you are DEAD WRONG.— It is more than obvious that you are not even an Iranian

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  28. iranian boy Avatar
    iranian boy

    thank u Josh
    iranian People are wrathful
    And they are like TNT, need a spark
    And then, bang bang bang

  29. Shane R. Avatar
    Shane R.

    Wow these pictures are great, especially love the one of the man in the green shirt raising a cry to the masses. Good work!