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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Iran: Obama Speaks Again

Jeff Zeleny and Peter Baker write:

WASHINGTON — President Obama strongly denounced the Iranian crackdown against protesters on Tuesday, declaring the rest of the world “appalled and outraged” while dismissing what he called “patently false and absurd” accusations that the United States instigated the demonstrations.

In his sharpest and most expansive reaction to the crisis since disputed June 12 elections sent hundreds of thousands of people into the streets of Tehran, Mr. Obama for the first time used the word “condemn” to assail the “unjust actions” by the government. He mourned the killing of protesters, including a young woman whose death was captured on video shown around the world.

“It’s heartbreaking,” the president said of the images of Neda Agha-Soltan bleeding to death on the street from a gunshot wound. “And I think that anybody who sees it knows that there’s something fundamentally unjust about that.”

But he warned Tehran that its attempts to snuff out public dissent would not succeed, saying that “in 2009, no iron fist is strong enough to shut off the world from bearing witness to peaceful protests of justice.”

link: Obama Condemns Iranian Crackdown -


Pamela Uschuk said...

Good, he needs to speak out for all of us. It is time.

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