UPDATE 7:09pm: Despite plans to light the Empire State Building green tonight in honor of the 70th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, the building is instead basked in red. It is currently unknown what caused the color change, but Iranian activists recently asked for the building to be lit green in support of their protests against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's appearance at the UN, only to be denied. As a substitute, many protesters regarded tonight's green coloring as a show of support despite it not being done directly for them.
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The Empire State Building will be glowing green tonight, and just in time for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to New York for the UN General Assembly.
While green is the adopted color of the Iranian protest movement, the color selection was actually made for another reason: it's the 70th anniversary of the film Wizard of Oz.
No matter, as activists view the lighting as more than mere coincidence, but fate.
"The universe is smiling and the stars are aligned!" wrote a blogger named Anonymous Iran, according to the Wall Street Journal. "I'm so happy I could cry!"
The lighting will occur at the same time as activists stage protests against the Iranian leadership throughout the city.
To see the Empire State Building tonight, check out this webcam.
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