“Stand by me!”

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No I won’t be afraid, no I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

Demonstration outside the Iranian Embassy in London, 25 July 2009 (photo: Francis Sedgemore)

There were chants aplenty of “Marg bar dictator!” outside the Iranian Embassy in London, but it was a rousing rendition of the classic Ben E King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller song “Stand by me” that rounded off this afternoon’s protest by Iranian democrats and their local supporters against the clerical fascist regime in Tehran. Joyful, celebratory, and a touch surreal.

Today’s demonstration was part of a global day of action for the people of Iran.

See here for another recent manifestation by Iranians in London.