November 9, 2009
Contact: Kimmie Lipscomb,
New York, NY - United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) today called on the LA MTA to refuse to award a light-rail contract to companies that do business in Iran. After precluding Siemens from bidding on the original light-rail contract, the LA MTA reversed course and will reopen the bidding process. The LA MTA indicated that it would solicit proposals from companies such as Siemens, Bombardier and Kinki Sharyo.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal in June, Siemens not only does business in Iran, but provided the Iranian regime with the technology needed to spy on its own citizens during Iran's brutal crackdown of its citizens following the election. Canada's Bombardier and Germany-based Siemens both do business in Iran, and are listed on UANI's Iran Business Registry.
In a letter to the Chair of the LA MTA Board, Ara Najarian, UANI President Ambassador Mark D. Wallace wrote, "As you reopen bidding for this contract, UANI calls on the LA MTA to refuse to award this contract to any company that conducts business in Iran. The LA MTA has a commitment to the taxpayers, whose dollars will fund those light-rail cars, not to engage in taxpayer funded business with companies that conduct business in Iran."
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