Posted by: bahareiran | February 24, 2011

Clinton condemns Iran crackdown

WASHINGTON, February 24, 2011 (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the “bravery” of Iranian protesters on Wednesday and condemned the Iranian government for waging a systematic and, at times, brutal crackdown.

“The United States remains deeply concerned by the persecution of Iranian citizens at the hand of their government,” Clinton said in a written statement. “Over the past ten days, we have witnessed the bravery of thousands of Iranians who once again took to the streets to exercise their fundamental rights to peaceful assembly and expression,” she said.  …

But Clinton suggested the repression went far wider than just the harassment of opposition leaders, detailing a widespread campaign that permeated almost every aspect of Iranian life. “Security forces have beaten, detained, and — in at least three cases — killed peaceful protesters,” she said.

“Off the streets, the regime’s leaders have targeted human rights defenders and political activists, and authorities have recently rounded up ex-government officials and their families; former members of parliament; clerics and their children; student leaders and their professors; as well as journalists and bloggers.

“They also continue to deny their citizens access to information by jamming satellite transmissions and blocking Internet sites.” “The world will continue to watch and will hold accountable those responsible for these actions.”

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