Barack Obama condemns Iran's 'iron fist'
New Delhi: American President Barack Obama has condemned the Iranian governmet's attempt to quell recent protest. He said the "iron fist of brutality" had been used to silence protesters, calling the actions of officials an "unjust suppression".Barack Obama also urged the government to release detained opposition figures. Sunday's protests were the most violent for months. The opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi's nephew was killed. Officials deny opposition claims that police shot Seyed Ali Mousavi or were responsible for the deaths of other protesters killed on Sunday.
Speaking from Hawaii, Mr Obama said: "The United States joins with the international community in strongly condemning the violent and unjust suppression of innocent Iranian citizens. "The United States stands with those who seek their universal rights," he said, adding that his government wanted to see all those "unjustly detained" freed immediately.
Recent unrest in Iran: 19 Dec: Influential dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hoseyn Ali Montazeri dies aged 87 21 Dec: Tens of thousands attend his funeral in Qom; reports of clashes between opposition supporters and security forces 22 Dec: Further confrontations reported in Qom 23 Dec: More clashes reported in city of Isfahan as memorial is held 24 Dec: Iran reportedly bans further memorial services for Montazeri except in his birthplace and Qom 26 Dec: Clashes reported in central and northern Tehran 27 Dec: At least eight dead following anti-government protests in Tehran; 300 reported arrested