WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared the United States and the entire world are "appalled and outraged" by Iran's violent efforts to crush dissent, a clear toughening of his rhetoric as Republican critics at home pound him for being too passive.
Obama condemned the "threats, beatings and imprisonments of the
last few days. "
In Tehran, chaotic images of riot police beating and shooting
protesters have seized the world's attention and heightened
pressure on Obama to act - or at least speak out more strongly.
At least 17 people have been killed in protests since the
election last week.
Protesters in Iran have demanded that the government there
cancel and rerun the elections that ended with a declaration of
overwhelming victory for hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi says he won
and has claimed widespread fraud.
"I have made it clear that the United States respects the
sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and is not interfering
in Iran's affairs," Obama said. "But we must also bear witness to
the courage and dignity of the Iranian people, and to a remarkable
opening within Iranian society. And we deplore violence against
innocent civilians anywhere that it takes place."
Obama: World 'Appalled' By Iran Violence
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