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Activists Thrilled That Empire State Will Glow Green As Ahmadinejad Is In NYC

The Empire State Building is illuminated with green lights at sunset in honor of the Muslim holiday i i

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The Empire State Building is illuminated with green lights at sunset in honor of the Muslim holiday

Many hope Ahmadinejad will see this.

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Green is the color adopted by Iranian activists who oppose President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and come Thursday night in New York City they'll bask in the glow of one very big symbol.

The Empire State Building will be bathed in green lights.

And the display will come at the same time as Iranian activists stage protests around the city over Ahmadinejad's appearance at this week's opening of the U.N. General Assembly.

As The Wall Street Journal explains, the owners of the building are not endorsing the activists' movement. In fact, a request from some activists to have the green lights turned on this week was turned down by Empire State Building Co.

But — and here's where what the activists believe is a good omen comes into the story — the owners did approve a request to turn on the green lights this Thursday in honor of the 70th anniversary of film The Wizard of Oz.

Mary Goldwater of an effort called Project Greenlight tells the Journal that the Oz anniversary certainly "works to our advantage."

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