Washington (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama Tuesday called on
Late last week, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down from his 30 years in office after three weeks of massive pro-democracy demonstrations in
“We have sent a strong message to our allies in the region saying, let's look at
“You know, I find it ironic that you’ve got the Iranian regime pretending to celebrate what happened in
On Tuesday, Iranian lawmakers called for opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mahdi Karroubi and former reformist President Mohammad Khatami to face trial and be put to death one day after two demonstrators were killed after clashing with security forces. Tens of thousands turned out to protest on Monday, the Associated Press reported.
“We believe the people have lost their patience and demand capital punishment” for the opposition leaders, 221 lawmakers said in a statement.
The Iranian Parliament formed a special committee to review the case and decide in coming days about how the government should deal with the opposition leaders. The situation in
One reporter asked Obama, “What is your message to the Iranian people in light of there was some criticism that your administration didn't speak out strongly enough after their last – the demonstrations in
Obama again drew comparisons to
“What's been different is the Iranian government's response, which is to shoot people and beat people and arrest people,” the president said.
“And, you know, my hope and expectation is that we’re going to continue to see the people of Iran have the courage to be able to express their yearning for greater freedoms and a more representative government, understanding that America cannot ultimately dictate what happens inside of Iran any more than it could inside of Egypt; that ultimately these are sovereign countries that are going to have to make their own decisions,” Obama continued. “What we can do is lend moral support to – to those who are – are seeking a better life for themselves.”