25 June 2009

Ahmadinejad Demands an Apology from Obama

'Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at President Obama on Thursday, warning him against "interfering" in Iranian affairs and demanding an apology for criticism of a government crackdown on demonstrators protesting alleged electoral fraud.'

Think he'll get one?

Ahmadineajd elaborated on why he thinks Obama owes an apology:

'"Why do you speak so impolitely with this great nation?" Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at a petrochemical complex's inauguration ceremony in south Iran on Thursday. "I hope you will avoid interfering in Iran's affairs," he added in the speech broadcast on Iranian state television.
The declared winner of his country's dispute election implied that Obama, being a new president, would still gather "experiences", and urged him to "correct himself".'

Please, stop throwing things at your computer screen.

Mousavi continues to defy the government, although his whereabouts are not verified.  He continues (or someone does) to post defiance on his website.  'Iran protest leader Mir Hossein Mousavi says he holds those behind alleged "rigged" elections responsible for bloodshed during recent protests. In a defiant statement on his website, he called for future protests to be in a way which would not "create tension." He complained of "complete" restrictions on his access to people and a crackdown on his media group. A BBC correspondent in Tehran says the statement is a direct challenge to Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.'

Apparently at least some of the demonstrators continue to battle on as well.  'Eyewitness reports say there have been clashes near the parliament building in the capital Tehran, in the streets around Baharestan Square. Severe reporting restrictions in Iran mean the BBC cannot verify the reports. The new protests came hours after Iran's supreme leader said he would "not yield" over the election result. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei again said the result would stand, despite days of protests in which at least 17 people are reported to have died.'

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