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Obama to Iran's leaders: Stop 'unjust' actions
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President Barack Obama on Saturday challenged Iran's government to halt a "violent and unjust" crackdown on dissenters, using his bluntest language yet to condemn Tehran's postelection response.
Obama has sought a measured reaction to avoid being drawn in as a meddler in Iranian affairs. Yet his comments have grown more pointed as the clashes intensified, and his latest remarks took direct aim at Iranian leaders.
"We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people," Obama said in a written statement. "The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights."
Obama has searched for the right tone in light of political pressures on all sides. On Capitol Hill, Congress pressed him to condemn the Iranian government's response. In Iran, the leadership was poised to blame the U.S. for interference and draw Obama in more directly.
Obama met with advisers at the White House as developments in Iran grew more ominous, with police seen beating protesters.
"Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away," the president said, recalling a theme from the speech he gave in Cairo, Egypt, this month.
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Would the uprising in Iran have happened had Obama not made his major speech in Egypt?
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1917 days ago
It's possible, but if he had not made that speech in Egypt I bet today after the Ayatollah's speech All of the Iranian people could have been brainwashed and there won't have been any over the protest on freeways and fights with the police and the many killed fighting for the rights just today in Iran.
1916 days ago
Obama's speech is opening up people's minds.
1914 days ago
Not sure but they sure seem sick of the current arsehole like america was sick of the GOP CLOWNS ON 11/4/2008
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