"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.
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