Another organization, the Iranian-American Community of Northern Virginia, recently organized an "evening of solidarity
Another organization, the Iranian-American Community of Northern Virginia, recently organized an "evening of solidarity" with the earthquake victims that drew about 3,000 people to the Washington Convention Center and generated considerable controversy.
The U.S. Treasury Department warned the Convention Center that the event could be linked to the Mujahedin-e Khalq, which opposes the Iranian government and was backed by Saddam Hussein. It is on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations. On Monday, the Treasury Department froze the assets of the Iranian-American Community.
Shirin Nariman, a spokeswoman for the Jan. 24 event, said that it was not organized by Mujahedin-e Khalq but that some of that group's supporters attended.
"The door of this event was not closed to anyone," Nariman said. "Whoever was opposing this [Iranian] regime could have attended this event. Their supporters attended, that's fine. They are a popular group in Iran.
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