UANI Condemns Warwick for Agreeing to Accommodate Ahmadinejad in Manhattan Next Week
New York, NY - On Thursday, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) demanded that the Warwick New York Hotel immediately reconsider its decision to host Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his cohorts during their stay in New York for the United Nations General Assembly next week.
UANI has learned that the Warwick is planning to host Ahmadinejad, and today UANI President, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, wrote a letter to Warwick executives calling on them to change their decision.
Wrote Ambassador Wallace:
[UANI] has learned that the [Warwick] will host Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his cohorts during their stay in New York for the United Nations General Assembly beginning Monday September 19, 2011.
By this letter, UANI requests that the Warwick immediately reconsider its decision and deny accommodation for and refuse to host President Ahmadinejad.
... UANI would like to ask the Warwick a simple question ... do you honestly think it is appropriate to provide accommodations to the leader of such a detestable regime, specifically in the very city where the worst of 9/11 occurred?
By choosing to host the Iranian delegation, the Warwick is accepting blood money from a regime that presents an overwhelming threat to global security. By turning a blind eye to the regime's flagrant violations of human rights, support for al-Qaeda and its commitment to an illegal nuclear weapons program, the Warwick is once again facilitating Ahmadinejad's misuse of UNGA for the purposes of disseminating propaganda of an illegitimate and brutal dictatorship that flouts international law.
Should the Warwick continue with its plans to serve as a host to President Ahmadinejad, UANI will take action against all Warwick properties worldwide. UANI will call on its partners and activists to peacefully protest your properties, and will call for a general public boycott of all Warwick properties.
As you recall, during last year's UNGA, UANI launched a campaign against the Hilton hotel chain for hosting Ahmadinejad and the Hilton paid for its decision with negative publicity, protests outside of the Hilton Manhattan East and lost business (ABC News. "Guarding Iran's President Ahmadinejad, the Most Hated Man in New York" September 23, 2010). UANI hopes that the Warwick will not repeat this mistake. Now more than ever, it is important to stand with UANI, the United States and much of the international community in condemning the behavior of Iran's government.
Click here to read UANI's letter to Warwick executives.
Click here to learn more about UANI's Hotels Campaign.
Click here to read Ambassador Wallace's August 16 Daily Beast Op-Ed calling on Manhattan hotels to deny accommodations to Ahmadinejad.