Iran head of parliament slams US role in Egypt
Source: Radio Zamaneh
The Iranian Parliamentary Speaker has denounced U.S. intervention in Egypt and
accused it of supporting violent confrontations among Egyptian protesters.
"Of course you want American-style democracy in the region," Mehr News quoted
Ali Larijani as saying. "If you wanted real democracy, you wouldn't order that
the protesters be attacked by camels and horses."
Yesterday, on the ninth day of unrest in Egypt, at least five people were killed
and 1,500 injured when supporters of President Hosni Mubarak attacked
Egyptian protesters say the pro-Mubarak forces are police in plainclothes,
brought in from various cities and paid by the government to suppress the
Armed with batons and bludgeons, Mubarak supporters were mounted on camels and
horses as they attacked protesters.
Western countries including the U.S. have condemned the violence in Egypt and
pleaded for restraint from both sides.
Larijani said: "Today the bullies of the world want to throw dust in the eyes of
the people of the Middle East so that they can't see the truth. But [the
bullies] are mistaken; the people of the Middle East have awakened."
Larijani accused some foreign media of confusing the issue by attributing
Marxist leanings to the uprising in Egypt and other popular movements in the
region. The leader of Iran's Parliament adamantly insisted those uprisings are
"a kind of Islamic awakening."
"It is no use cutting off broadcasters and the internet," he said, referring to
measures taken by the Egyptian government to control information. "The Islamic
nation has reached maturity."
The Iranian government also blocked internet and mobile phone services during
the mass protests that followed the 2009 presidential elections in Iran.
As in Egypt, Iranian protesters were confronted by violent pro-government forces
who left dozens dead and many more injured.
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