Protests planned against Iranian American council accused of lobbying for Tehran

Members of the Iranian diaspora are planning to protest against the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) in Washington DC on Friday, with the hashtag #ProtestAgainstNIAC gaining traction as protesters accuse the council of lobbying on behalf of the Iranian regime.

Despite NIAC's claim to be a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, it has been repeatedly accused of lobbying on behalf of the Iranian regime and against the interests of the Iranian disapora in the US, whom it claims to represent.

“For too long we have stood by as NIAC has promoted to the US government harmful appeasement policies toward the Islamic Republic. NIAC protects the interests of the ruthless, corrupt regime suffocating our beloved homeland. It neither represents Iranian-Americans who aspire for an end to the repression of the Iranian people nor the hope for true peace between Iran and the US,” a statement from a press release by the protest organizers read.

“As inside Iran our courageous countrymen and women wage their struggle against tyranny, we here will broaden awareness of the true motives behind what is essentially the regimes lobby in America,” the statement added.

The hashtag #ProtestAgainstNIAC first started around three days ago, gaining considerable traction since. Protesters have been tweeting using the hashtag in both Persian and English, many of whom said they plan on attending the protest themselves.

In six days, Iranians will gather outside @NIACouncil office to voice their disgust and frustration with NIAC's pro-Iran regime advocacy and lobby work. We invite journalists and media outlets to come and report the #ProtestAgainstNIAC.

— Navid Mohebbi (@navidmohebbi) July 13, 2019

It is imperative for the #Iranian_Americans to express themselves and let American politicians know that NIAC represents the voice of FM of Islamic Republic of murder, torture, rape, looting and terrorism of #Iran. #ProtestAgainstNIAC

— Amir Fassihi (@AmirFassihi) July 13, 2019

The protests are set to be held on Friday between 1-3 p.m. EST outside of the NIAC offices in Washington. NIAC is yet to respond to the scheduled protests.

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