The trial of three hikers arrested by Iran for illegally entering the country and spying is set to resume on May 11. UC Berkeley graduates Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have been imprisoned by Iran for nearly two years after being picked up while hiking in Iraq Kurdistan. Their companion, Sarah Shourd, was released on bail of $500,000 last September, but the country wants her to return to stand trial as well.

On Friday at U.N. Plaza in San Francisco, supporters of the imprisoned Americans staged a performance piece meant to dramatize the day-to-day conditions under which they are being held.

Reporter Kyung Jin Lee says that about 20 people showed up in support, including Shourd, who is engaged to Bauer.

Here are photos, taken by Kyung Jin Lee. The two performers are Hannah Pepper-Cunningham and Lia Rose.


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Photos, Video: Street Performance About UC Grads Imprisoned by Iran 2 May,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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