Baha'i followers gather in protest

{josquote}The gathering ... exhibited both elements of a service and a mild rally.{/josquote}

A Capitol Mall gathering Saturday morning served as a local observance to condemn persecution of followers of the Baha'i faith in Iran.

The gathering of about 50 people was one of many held around the world Saturday aimed at drawing awareness to the "7 Friends," Baha'i religious leaders in Iran who were arrested and imprisoned a year ago. The seven remain jailed on charges of espionage for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and the spreading of corruption on earth.

{josquote}This is meant to be a devotional service and informational gathering for the local Baha'i and anyone in the local community.{/josquote}

Those charges potentially carry a death sentence.

Local Baha'i spiritual assembly leader Layli Liss said the charges are absurd, given the tenets of Baha'i faith.

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