Ahmadinejad Again Criticizes Obama Over Election Remarks
By VOA News
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeated his call to U.S. President
Barack Obama to not interfere in Iran's affairs.
The official IRNA news agency on Saturday quoted the Iranian leader as saying
Mr. Obama talks about change, but continues to interfere in Iran's state
Friday, President Obama called recent post-election violence against protesters
in Iran "outrageous." He also said any direct dialogue or diplomacy with Iran
will be affected by the recent events.
The official death toll from violence since the disputed June 12 vote is 17, but
witnesses say it is much higher.
Supporters of defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, who allege
the vote was rigged, held large demonstrations in the days after the election.
In a sermon at Tehran University Friday, a senior Iranian cleric, Ahmad Khatami,
described the demonstrators as rioters who, in his words, wage war against God
("mohareb"), a crime under Islamic law, and punishable by death.
The street demonstrations that initially took place nearly every day following
the election have largely subsided due to a heavy police presence.
However, in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, angry protesters threw stones and
rushed the gates of the Iranian Embassy. A protest was also held in New York,
with some Iranians calling for international action.
Iran's Guardian Council rejected allegations of fraud Friday, calling the June
12 presidential poll the cleanest vote the country has ever had.
The official IRNA news agency said the Guardian Council found no major
violations in the vote, which authorities say was won by incumbent President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by a large margin.
Both the Guardian Council and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have
said the results will not be annulled.
Iran's crackdown has included heavy restrictions on reporting and the arrest of
dozens of university professors, dissidents, journalists and ordinary citizens.
Fars news agency reported Saturday that the head of Mousavi's information
office, Abolfazl Fateh, was banned from leaving Iran due to his involvement in
post-election activities. Fateh is a doctorate student in Britain.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP,
AP and Reuters.
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