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US Congressman Bob Ney Voices Support for Iranian Students' Demonstrations for Democracy

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Rep. Bob Ney (OH-18) today expressed his sympathy and solidarity with the student demonstrators in Iran who, for six consecutive nights, have protested against the lack of freedom and democracy in the mullah-controlled nation. Scores of students have been beaten and arrested in Tehran by armed supporters of Iran's conservative leadership. Ney, who speaks Persian, taught English in Iran in the late 1970's, before the Shah of Iran was ousted in the 1979 revolution. He stays in close contact with Iranian-Americans in the U.S. and follows the events in Iran closely.

"I lived in Iran in 1978 when demonstrations against the Shah were widespread and common. Yet here we are, more than twenty years later, and the Iranian people's desire for democracy and freedom remains unfilled and unmet by an oppressive regime that forbids the most basic human rights for its people," Ney said today. "I firmly believe that democracy and freedom are human rights. No matter what culture you're from, or what country you reside in, you have these rights. The Iranian people deserve these rights."

"Today, America stands with the Iranian people's aspirations to exercise their rights to free elections, self-determination, good governance, democracy and freedom. I am appalled by the crackdown on these student demonstrators, but at the same time, their voices are growing louder by the day and they are being heard around the world. The indomitable desire of a people to be free cannot be muzzled forever, and I am confident that the Iranian people will soon reach their goals of freedom and democracy," Ney concluded.

... Payvand News - 6/17/03 ... --

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