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White House reiterates demand that Iran allow protests

By Agence France-Presse
Saturday, February 12, 2011 21:23 EDT
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A senior White House official on Saturday criticized Iran’s refusal to let opponents of the regime hold a rally in support of Arab uprisings.

“By announcing that they will not allow opposition protests, the Iranian government has declared illegal for Iranians what it claimed was noble for Egyptians,” National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said in a statement.

“We call on the government of Iran to allow the Iranian people the universal right to peacefully assemble, demonstrate and communicate that’s being exercised in Cairo,” he added.

Iran’s Islamic government said the proposed rally is a ploy for fresh anti-government protests, similar to those in 2009 following the disputed reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It described the request for the rally as “illegal.”

But the day before, Ahmadinejad himself said it was the “right” of Egyptians to protest against US ally Hosni Mubarak, just hours before the Egyptian strongman stepped down.

In Iran, opposition leaders had sought permission to stage a rally Monday which they said was to show solidarity with the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

Before Mubarak resigned, Ahmadinejad issued this message to Egyptians: “The Iranian nation is your friend and it is your right to freely choose your path. The Iranian nation backs this right of yours.”

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  • Anonymous

    So that’s why the jack-booted thugs were clubbing people to the ground in Pittsburgh during the G20: They weren’t protesting against the Iranian Government.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLF5SUA5RDYXG54WWF5SHMVRAI X

    Pick a turkey.

  • TheDevilCanDance

    And the world demands that the US to
    1) stop torturing people
    2) stop blowing up kids and civilians in Pakistan and Afghanistan
    3) mind your own business…..

  • Taleisin

    All this from the country that allows waterboarding and an unsupervised corrupt FBI.
    Tell us more about human rights, Mr Whitehouse. :P

  • Anonymous

    The United States of Hypocrisy

  • Anonymous

    What a fucking joke this guy is….

    You could also tell Iran, to build some fences and round up the protesters in a little area called….PROTEST ZONES. Sounds freedom-like, doesn’t it? It’s the freedom-like shit they sell here in Amerika.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds flow dissonant and braying in timber, called words, arranged to mean things where integrity required is void. A little bowl of propaganda soup, anyone?

  • Mr. Neutron

    I don’t see the White House demanding that Saudi Arabia allow protests, or Kuwait. Why don’t they start with countries that actually give a damn what the White House says ?

  • Anonymous

    And the US Should stop naming “Enemy Combatant” and “Terrorist” Who peacefully disagree with their Crimes like the folk in this Video that Just happenned this week:

    “Israel has intentionally dropped two large bombs on the AL-Qerem Medical Supplies Factory in Jabalya, Gaza. The building is totally destroyed, as was all of the medical supplies and equipement. Gaza is already in crisis mode for lack of medical supplies, this bombing will mean even the most basic of medical needs will continue to be impossible to satisfy”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm0ySYdiNvA

  • Anonymous

    Well, I’m pretty sure I heard nothing like that from Tom Donilon or Obomber either before or for most of the protests in Egypt. If that’s true, then Iran wouldn’t be the only hypocrites in this situation…

  • Anonymous

    I’m certain that Persians just love hearing another US president pretend to give a crap about their freedoms.

    They probably give thanks to the great vestige of freedom, America, every time they visit the grave of someone killed by the Shah, or during the CIA’s first covert action overthrowing the Democratically elected Mohammad Mossadegh.

    The hypocrisy overflows.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J2BKVG44GLNRGIAYKD7UO4O27E Arthur Young

    It’s about time that our Country focused on what is going on here, not to the exclusion of t he foreign community but rather because it is long overdue !! We look over our fences to see what is going on in some poor deprived/ depraved part of the World..when in reality we are every bit as moth eaten as any of them. People in our Country should not be left to die in Underpasses and iron grates, the mentally ill and addicted do not deserve to be spit on and neglected….left to spend their days scrounging in trash bins, cursing passersby, and sleeping in storefronts, the workers in our country as well as military vets deserve decent health plans and some sort of basic decency…rather than pleading for mercy from a system that calls that weak and unseemly !! The United States is one player among many, better than most…but lacking some of the most basic Rights of some of those lesser players. We have problems and self importance is at the top as far as our Government is concerned, even with 9/11 it has been minuscule compared to what other Nations have seen in the past or present…Iran and much of the World has been used as as a large scale science project gone astray, time to take more than a few steps back for some introspection.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KFOFZHLUNJCQATOHPSVHSFKP3I pw

    from the country with “free speech zones….

    AHAHAHAHAHAH

  • dk504

    That’s great, just great I’m so glad to see the U.S. keeping its nose out of everyone else’s business. Considering our country is swirling the toilet in just about every level. Good great, let’s make sure we stick our face into Iran’s face more pissing them off more.
    The people of Iran know we are on their side, but let’s just fuck with the Iranian gov’t. more. Way to go numbnuts.
    Take care of our backyard for a little while for once goddamn it.

  • Anonymous

    LOL

    pot calling kettle black for calling pan ebony?

    whatever..

  • dk504

    Nice… yeah.

  • dk504

    There’s an idea, if there’s a Middle Eastern country that needs be reigned in, guess who that may be. And we have all the leverage they need. How much do they get from us? Is just us they leech off of? Don’t flame me either, we need every penny we can get our paws on.

  • Anonymous

    The world police is acting again. Remember last US G20 protest? Where undercover military in plane clothes and cars kidnapping demonstrator and using LARD ultrasound against peaceful protesters? America turning into a shithol run by hypocrites and telling other countries to let their people demonstrate for democracy. Why not fighting in the US for democracy or whatever is left and let other countries take care their own business?

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    the US Police State enforces “designated protest areas”

  • Anonymous

    100% in agreement with bilejones comment. America as always preaches democracy and practices tyranny. At least Iran isn’t murdering women and children in other countries on a weekly basis.

  • Anonymous

    So maybe what the US needs to do is keep it’s fucking big nose out of the business of other countries and get its own compass realigned.

    Fucking hypocrites!

  • Anonymous

    Good one – who are we to make demands on Iran, anyway…

  • Anonymous

    And Toronto. Freedom is not as free as it used to be.

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