Freed Hikers Support Occupy Wall Street Movement

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Three Americans who were imprisoned in Iran and accused of espionage are lending their support to activists with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd spoke Monday at the Occupy Oakland encampment in front of City Hall where activists have been sleeping in tents for the past week.

The three University of California, Berkeley graduates said they are inspired by the Wall Street protests and also thankful to the people who advocated for their release.

They also voiced their support for California prisoners who have gone on hunger strike to protest the practice of putting inmates in long term solitary confinement.

The three were arrested by Iranian authorities in July 2009 while hiking near the Iran Iraq border and accused of being spies. Shourd was released in September 2010 and Fatal and Bauer were released last month.

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  • What Next?

    Holy Cow! Wasn’t their :15 up a LONG time ago. If they like communist countries they could have stayed somewhere overseas. Enough is enough…GO AWAY!

  • Billy

    All fo these freaks need to be ignored so they can go away. These people don’t represent me at all, they speak for less than 1%. Get off the weed, take a bath and get a job, or maybe stay and look stipud on TV, you’re only helping sink the Obama train.

  • Should have been hung in Iran

    They are out of the lime light now and the losers want attention. Like anyone cares what they say. Time for the media to forget.

  • Fringes of the left

    Three left wing freaks

  • Rags

    Won’t these leftist losers ever fade away? Is this their new career, pandering to fellow-losers?

  • dontincludemeinyourstatements

    wow, all the posts so far seem to believe the rich, aka 1%, are not responsible for the current economic situation we are all in.

    I for one applaud all who are standing up and making a statement publicly, not behind their keyboards anonymously.

    • What Next?

      Thank for the input comrade! And it seems you are being anonymous, too!

      • Jim

        And you’re not??

  • gdog

    BTW, the rich aren’t responsible. It’s our government who forced ridiculous rules and regulations that caused so much of what we’re seeing today. And yes both Repubs and Dems are to blame, they both pushed through this stuff. Please, turn off your TV’s and turn on your brains. The politicians are using the rich as their scapegoat, please don’t just blindly believe what ever you are told. Do some real research and find out for yourselves.

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