BREAKING NEWS: In a speech today, President Barack Obama, expressed solidarity with the protesters in Iran.
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The United States joins with the international community in strongly condemning the violent and unjust suppression of innocent Iranian citizens, which has apparently resulted in detentions, injuries and even death. For months, the Iranian people have sought nothing more than to exercise their universal rights. Each time they have done so they have been met with the iron fist of brutality, even on solemn occasions and holy days. And each time that has happened the world has watched with deep admiration for the courage and conviction of the Iranian people, who are a part of Iran’s great and enduring civilization. What is talking place within Iran is not about the United States or any other country. It is about the Iranian people and their aspirations for justice and a better life for themselves. The decision of Iran’s leaders to govern through fear and tyranny will not succeed in making those aspirations go away. As I said in Oslo, it’s telling when governments fear the aspirations of their own people more than the power of any other nation. Along with all free nations the United States stands with those who seek their universal rights. We call upon the Iranian government to abide by the international obligations that it has to respect the rights of its own people. We call for the immediate release of all who have been unjustly detained within Iran. We will continue to bear witness to the extraordinary events that have taken place and I’m confident that history will be on the side of those who seek justice.