Change! Iranian Speaker Blasts Obama For Interfering in Iranian Affairs
Addressing the parliament on Tuesday, Ali Larijani said that Iran was not surprised about the stance that Washington and London had taken towards the anti-government protests, which were held during Sunday’s Shia Muslim ceremonies of Ashura.
According to Tehran chief prosecutor general Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, seven people were killed in the clashes that broke out between security forces and demonstrators in Tehran on Sunday.
The Tehran police headquarters said that the police forces neither used violence nor fired a single bullet on Sunday.
“US and British officials’ disgraceful comments about the sacrilegious events of Ashura are so disgustingly vivid that they clarify where this movement stands when it comes to destroying religious and Revolutionary values,” Ali Larijani said.
“Israel’s restlessness and its covert efforts to secure more Western aide for these sacrilegious movements has worsened the political situation. The anxiety of royal Wahhabi media has also caused an especially big scandal,” he added.
Larijani also singled out US President Barack Obama’s defense of Sunday’s anti-government protests and said that his reactions was a “gift from God” that would prevent any “naive interpretations” about a possible shift in US policy.
“Washington’s behavior during the past few months was nothing but an opportunist attempt to harm the national interest of Muslim Iranians.
“That goes for its childish interference in our internal affairs and its duplicitous gestures on the nuclear issue,” he said.
After the Sunday protests, Obama condemned what he called “Iran’s crackdown on protesters” and called for the release of the people who were detained.
“We call for the immediate release of all who have been unjustly detained within Iran,” Obama said on Monday in Hawaii, where he is on vacation.
Obama said that the US will support protesters during the “extraordinary events.”
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