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World reacts to Iran violence

The bloody crackdown by the Iranian authorities on recent anti-government protests has provoked calls for restraint and strong criticism from the West. Here is some of the reaction from around the world.


The United States joins with the international community in strongly condemning the violent and unjust suppression of innocent Iranian citizens. We call for the immediate release of all who have been unjustly detained within Iran.

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.

The decision of Iran's leaders to govern through fear and tyranny will not continue. It's telling when governments fear the aspirations of their own people more than the power of any other nation.

President Barack Obama


The tragic deaths of protesters in Iran are yet another reminder of how the Iranian regime deals with protest. Ashura is a time of religious commemoration and reflection and it is therefore particularly disturbing to hear accounts of the lack of restraint by the security forces. Ordinary Iranian citizens are determined to exercise their right to have their voices heard. They are showing great courage. I call on the Iranian Government to respect the human rights of its own citizens - rights which Iran has promised to respect.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband


I condemn the recent violent clashes in Iran in which people died due to the unacceptable actions of the security forces. I call on Iran to live up to its obligations under the [United Nations'] International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights - in particular, the right to free expression through peaceful demonstrations must not be restricted or suppressed by violence. The leaders are called on to avert further escalation and seek political dialogue for a peaceful resolution of these internal political disputes.

Chancellor Angela Merkel


We are worried about the events that have taken place in Iran in recent days. In our opinion, the main thing in this situation is to show restraint, look for and find compromises on the basis of law, undertake political efforts to prevent further escalation of the internal confrontation.

Statement from the Russian foreign ministry


The government of Canada condemns the use of brutal violence by the Iranian security forces and once again calls upon Iran to meet its human rights obligations.

Iranian security forces once again used intimidation and violence against citizens of Iran. The Iranian regime's continued effort to restrict freedom of expression and assembly, thereby depriving its citizens of their rights, is deplorable.

The people of Iran deserve to have their voices heard and to enjoy the rights to which they are entitled without fear of violence and intimidation.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon

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