Vigil for Detained Hikers Planned for Pine City

Monday, October 26th, 2009 at 10:19 am

vigil1November 8th will mark 100 days since Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Josh Fattal were detained after crossing the Iranian border while hiking in Iraq.   Bauer is a native of Minnesota and his mother, Cindy Hickey, lives in Pine City.   On the 100-day anniversary, a vigil will be held in Pine City to show support for the hikers’ families and to spread the message to bring them home.

Hickey:

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vigilSimilar vigils were held throughout the country on September 30th to mark the two month anniversary of the detention of Bauer, Shourd, and Fattal.

Earlier this month, the families of the hikers submitted a petition with 2,500 signatures to the Iranian Mission to the United Nations in New York appealing for the rapid release of their loved ones.

On Tuesday, the families of the three American hikers detained in Iran will release previously unpublished video clips of them filmed while they were on vacation in Iraqi Kurdistan just two days before they were held. The clips were filmed by “fourth hiker” Shon Meckfessel, who stayed behind at their hotel with a cold when his three friends went on the hike.

Hickey on release of videos:

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Hickey calls watching the videos “bittersweet.”

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Swiss diplomats were granted counsellor access to the three hikers four weeks ago, however, Hickey says there has been no movement since.

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