There's a large group of Portlanders following the turmoil in Iran with more interest than most.
On Friday night, between 250 and 300 people from the local Iranian community gathered outside Portland State University's Millar library for a vigil to show solidarity with the people of Iran. Hada Pischvaie, one of the vigil's organizers, said the event was a way for many in the local community who "felt strongly about the situation" but felt "limited politically or geographically" to support the Iranian people.
"The main objective is to let them know we are here,'' Goudarzi Eghtedari told the crowd through a bullhorn. "We are coming together to show our support for Tehran."
Several people held a large banner covered in red handprints that read "Free Iran" while others carried Iranian flags and held signs. After a half-hour, two minutes of silence were observed and the crowd then slowly dispersed. Vigil organizers say they plan to gather every Friday until the election turmoil is settled in Iran.