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Vigil for Bauer and Other Detained Hikers

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 at 6:10 am
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Image: Facebook. Left: Josh Fattal. Middle: Sarah Shourd. Right: Shane Bauer

A vigil is planned for Wednesday in Minneapolis for Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourd.  The three are detained in Iran after accidentally crossing the border while hiking in Iraq.  Bauer’s mother Cindy Hickey is a resident of Pine City.

The vigil is to mark the two-month anniversary of their detention.  Supporters will gather at the Peace Garden located at 4124 Roseway Road in Minneapolis at 6 p.m.  There are other vigils taking place across the country.

A similar vigil was held Sunday in Duluth.

Swiss Diplomats  said Tuesday that they were granted direct contact with the three American hikers, but did not give details of the contact.  The Swiss represent American interests in Iran.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in an interview with the Associated Press last week that he will seek leniency for the hikers.

In a statement given to freethehikers.org earlier this week Hickey said, “Obviously, we don’t know if Shane, Sarah and Josh are aware of the efforts so many people are making to bring them home. But we do believe that they will feel the love and support they receive from so many places across America tomorrow.” Hickey is serving as spokesperson for the families.

She added, “President Ahmadinejad of Iran has promised to ask the Iranian judiciary to expedite this case and seek maximum leniency. We’re very encouraged by that and it would just be fantastic if we could turn tomorrow’s vigils into a giant celebration of our children’s release.”

For more information go to freethehikers.org.

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