How Iranians in L.A. mobilized to protest the mass arrests
“L.A. Persian station KIRN serves as a forum for immigrants upset by Dec. 16 detentions.
The station, KIRN-AM (670), canceled its programming to focus on the registration, which some callers likened to the internment of people of Japanese ancestry during World War II. The station spearheaded a protest rally outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles. It took calls from jailed immigrants.
Station representatives said they preempted programming to talk about the detention of certain Middle Eastern immigrants because they wanted to be the prime source of news for the Iranian community. “
Notably, KIRN turned out 3,000 to protest at the Federal Building the day after the mass detentions by the INS – an impressive mobilization done very quickly.