The prospect of a Persian Spring has Angelenos talking. If protests for reform erupt in Iran, Los Angeles, home to a large population of Iranians (many of whom are exiles), may play a role. So what would an Iranian protest movement mean for Los Angeles? That’s what a panel (sponsored by KCRW) will explore tonight at 7:30 P.M. in a discussion with Zócalo at UCLA. Writer and activist Amir Soltani, entrepreneur and philanthropist Sharon S. Nazarian and acting director of Iranian Studies at UCLA M. Rahim Shayegan will tackle this subject.
From the program:
In 2009, after Iran held elections that were widely seen as having been rigged, the country broke out in protests that subsided only after weeks of harsh suppression. Last year, similar protests broke out in the Arab world, movements that culminated in reform in several nations, including Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. Now, hopes are running high for reform in Iran. What would this mean for L.A., with its hundreds of thousands of Iranian exiles?
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