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3. STILL of Marzieh Hashemi
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Washington, DC - 23 January 2019
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Unidentified Speaker
"She's African-American. She's a woman. She's a Muslim. She has a conscience. She is intelligent. She is a journalist and she is exposing America's dirty laundry."
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Randy Short, Rally Speaker:
"Whether it's Trayvon Martin, whether it's Eric Garner, whether it's the people being starved to death in Yemen, or people being bombed in Pakistan, or people being killed in Gaza, or people being killed in Libya, Marzieh's concern for humanity is that we live in peace."
"Just because it's legal, doesn't mean it's moral. Just because it's legal, doesn't mean it's right. Just because it's legal, doesn't mean it's just. And just because it's legal doesn't mean it's being applied to everyone."
Several dozen protesters rallied outside the federal courthouse in Washington, DC to support Iran's Press TV anchorwoman Marzieh Hashemi, who is reportedly being held by U.S. federal authorities as a 'material witness.'
Hashemi was detained earlier this month at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in Missouri.
She is American-born and works for Iranian state television in Tehran.
The Washington rally comes a day after Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned the Swiss envoy in Tehran over what it described as the "illegal" detention of Hashemi.
The Tuesday report by the official IRNA news agency quotes Bahram Ghasemi, ministry spokesman, as saying Tehran lodged a "strong protest" over the detention of Marzieh Hashemi in a meeting with the Swiss ambassador. The Embassy of Switzerland looks after Washington's interests in Tehran.
Ghasemi said Iran also demanded Hashemi's "unconditional" release.
Hashemi has been detained as a material witness, though it's unclear for which case, and has appeared twice before a U.S. District Court judge.
Officials said she was expected to be released immediately after her testimony is completed, but it's not clear when that would be.
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